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Melbourne, Australia (1973 – 1980)

1)The Boys Next Door
“Boys Next Door” was formed in 1973 by Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, and Phill Calvert and others while they were attending Caulfield Grammar School outside of Melbourne, Australia. They were later joined by Tracy Pew on bass in 1975, and Rowland S. Howard in 1978 on guitar, thereby solidifying the line-up that would be The Birthday Party, to which they changed their name in 1980.

2) Boys Next Door

Known to some as “the Beach Boys of the Midwest, “, The Boys Next Door were among the relatively few competent emulators of the Beach Boys/Jan Dean vocal/hot rod/surf sound, and certainly among the very few competent emulators to emerge from outside of California. Formed in Indianapolis, they issued a few singles in 1964-67, the first of these billed to the Four Wheels before they reverted to the name

The Boys Next Door (which they’d been known as before making their recording debut). They were made up of James Adams, Steve Lester, Jim Koss and Steve Drybread. The group had an extremely clean-cut image and sound, right down to the circa-1964 Beach Boys pinstripe shirts seen in some photos.

Actually, however, their recordings were pretty good and energetic, with melodic harmonies and a fairly kinetic drive. The early Four Wheels singles were convincing SoCal hot-rod pastiches, and singles such as “Mandy” were respectable approximations of the Beach Boys sound circa 1964-65 that could have fit in well as tracks on Beach Boys LPs of the period.


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  • Tymbolic

    Door, Door is one of the best albums ever

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    catholic foreskin

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    да ладно вам, группа-то абсолютно посредственная. разве что обложка у альбома неплохая, но это же курьез, не более.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Neurotik_Barbie

    I Mistake Myself & Shivers. ♡

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Arabwel

    Awww they were all such adorable wee babies!

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • estravagaria

    Door, Door is awsome, fuckin awsome.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Pena123456

    It turned out to be a really good project. Too bad they don't have so many songs

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nimbie

    Surprisingly good. Not _as_ good as Birthday Party or The Bad Seeds, of course, but still decent and enjoyable. And it's so weird (and charming) to hear young Nick singing in a poppy new wave guitar band.

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FabeRocker

    Divine fits bring me here!

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • top20fanatico

    I hate because of this.I'm was listening the american TBND not the aussie ones.So bye to this group,because I generally don't listen artist with the same tags (exceps to BoA and JASMINE -.-)

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • ynard

    I actually think that BND era is better than The Birthday Party.. is it 'cos of the pop'ish sound? :o

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kjelt1963

    o yes.. shivers!! i forgot about it.. the young nick cave (and the young me)

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • estravagaria

    The voice, the voice is caaaaaaalling yooooooou

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • CaioMtta

    This is not the band that I was looking for, I was looking for the surf band.

    1 Jan 2011 Reply
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    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • outrenoir

    Sounds like The Jam. Does not compute.

    30 Nov 2010 Reply
  • SonicNursery

    "After a fashion" is hauntingly great!!!

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • _rysler_

    a czy ktoś pamieta "I Will Follow You"????

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • kinkette1234

    I f'uckin LOVE this!!! So perverse, dontcha think? You gotta love that. I'm laughing pretty hard, but I really liked it!

    2 May 2010 Reply
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