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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 19 August 2001
Blixa Bargeld is probably more famous as a Bad Seed; Einsturzende Neubauten is the project he originated from & has come back to over the years...They are sonic pioneers, a legend, as their 'Strategies against architecture' compilations prove. Industrial & dance music have benefited from their groundreaking work. Heck, they influenced Depeche Mode to switch from the new-romantic muzak of 'A Broken Frame'to the industrial-sampling 'Construction Time Again'(which in turn influenced Detroit House!). Neaubauten are the missing link between Neu! & Foetus- who were a tiny influence on NIN, who spawned the industrial Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson...
This e.p. stems from the period of the excellent 'Tabula Rasa'; I think it is as good an e.p. as 'Glider' by MBV or the 'Analog Bubblebath' by AFX (though it may not be as good as Polygon Window's 'Quoth'!)...'Rausch'/'Die Interimsliebenden' ('The InterimLovers') is the opening track: sonic crashes & a multitude of noises vomit forth: an aural equivalent of the editing styles in 'Natural Born Killers'.Finally it settles into a song, which builds up to a percussive frenzy & an echo of the 'interim'. Plus, Bargeld has a great voice (weirdly, I think both Bargeld & Mick Harvey are better vocalists than Nick Cave. Not necessarily better singers!). There is a great donkey/horse noise at the start, which made me picture the vile/amusing cover of 'Haus Der Luge'...The late ex-Bad Seed, Roland Wolf, guests on '12305(te) NACHT' ('12305th Night')which considers eternity: 'Was bleibt ist Nikotin und gelbe finger/Was bleibt?' (what remains is nicotine and yellow fingers/what remains?)'is a typical lyric...'Salamandrina' is a wonderful vocal exploration, suprising given Neaubauten's frequently reported past involving drills & floorboards. This is a great record- and up there with the first two Young Gods albums as classic industrial music. The fact they are in a foreign language is irrelevant. The best e.p of the 1990's?
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