is the second release and first EP
by the Australian post-punk
band The Boys Next Door (later re-named The Birthday Party
). The Hee Haw
EP was released in 1979 by the independent label, Missing Link Records
By 1978-9 The Boys Next Door were the most experienced and musically-mature of Melbourne
bands. The core members – Nick Cave
, Mick Harvey
, Phill Calvert
and Tracy Pew
– had been joined by Rowland S. Howard
on guitar in 1978. The Boys Next Door released an album (Door, Door
) on the Mushroom
label in 1979 (recorded in separate sessions in mid-1978 and early 1979).
After the release of Door Door
, The Boys Next Door transferred to the independent label, Missing Link Records, and took on Keith Glass as their manager. The tracks for the Hee Haw
EP were recorded during July and August 1979 at Richmond Recorders in Melbourne, engineered by Tony Cohen
. The five-track EP was released in December 1979. The artwork on the cover and insert sheet was done by Marcus Bergner.
The Hee Haw
EP represents a musical departure from the relatively conventional punk/pop songs on Door Door
. The EP introduces a more abrasive, rhythmic and exploratory sound that was further developed when the band re-located to the UK (and changed their name to The Birthday Party).
- "A Catholic Skin" (Nick Cave)
- "The Red Clock" (Rowland S.......