The Birthday Party / Lydia LunchDrunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstacy

Label:4AD – JAD 202
Vinyl, 12", EP, 33 ⅓ RPM
Style:Noise, Post-Punk, Experimental


Drunk On The Pope's Blood - 16 Minutes Of Sheer Hell!
A1The Birthday PartyPleasure Heads
A2The Birthday PartyKing Ink
Written-ByCave*, Howard*
A3The Birthday PartyZoo-Music Girl
Written-ByCave*, Howard*
A4The Birthday PartyLoose
The Agony Is The Ecstasy
BLydia LunchThe Agony Is The Ecstasy
GuitarSteven Severin
Rhythm GuitarMurray Mitchell
Written-ByLydia Lunch

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Live November 26, 1981 at The Venue in London.

℗ 1982 4 A.D.

Side B has a locked groove.
Track timings are not appearing on this release.

Track A1 to A3 published by Tactic Music
Track A4 published by Warner Bros. Music
Track B Copyright Control

"Ecstasy" spelt correctly on labels, given as "Ecstacy" on sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Drunk On The Pope's Blood Side): BilBo.Tape One MPO JAD 202 A¹
  • Matrix / Runout (The Agony Is The Ecstacy Side): BilBo.Tape One MPO JAD 202 B¹ DIE

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Drunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstasy (Cassette, EP)Missing Link, Missing LinkINC 006, INC-006Australia1982
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Drunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstacy (12", EP)Missing LinkING-006Australia1982
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Drunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstacy (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Stereo)Trio RecordsAW-23019Japan1982
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Drunk On The Pope's Blood / The Agony Is The Ecstacy (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Promo, Stereo)Trio RecordsAW-23019Japan1982



  • heroinsaves69's avatar
    Was a huge Birthday Party fan growing up, and after Junkyard and the Mutiny EP this was my favorite and most played... Excellent pressing quality, 4AD imports all seemed to be superior pressings for the time... consider the Lydia Lunch locked groove side as just an extra treat 😜... I found an extra copy I didn't even know I had, so that one's framed on the wall because that really is a classic album cover... Now Nick is a "literary man" hanging around with the former Archbishop of Canterbury at the coronation of King Charles... There's an NSFW lyric by Joe Strummer on the Clash's "Death or Glory" that is stunningly perfect for our Nick... Give that song a spin and you will probably be able to figure out which one I mean...
    • pyrosexual's avatar
      So there is definitely a Birthday Party only cd release with an expanded track listing, not currently listed here. I have it downloaded and it is listed on Nick Cave's website. The thing I have includes the cover of Loose plus a bunch of random studio recordings. The cover art even reads Drunk on the Pope's Blood + Rare Studio Recordings. It is listed as a cd with that tracklisting. Finding so little evidence of its physical existence however.
      • marcospfeitosa's avatar
        The [back] cover of the album spells it "ecstacy" (sic), but the label on the Lydia Lunch side of the record spells it "ecstasy".
        • westpier's avatar
          Edited 13 years ago
          Excellent 12", the live tracks (in my opinion) are superior to the studio versions (especially Sometimes Pleasure Heads which is superb). The version of 'Loose' is also excellent showing the band in all their stomping blazing chaotic glory (plus its not on the live 81-82 CD)


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