Review Revue: Einstürzende Neubauten – Strategies against Architecture ’80-’83

When it comes to long-lived makers of weird music, Einstürzende Neubauten is a fair match for Pere Ubu. Pere Ubu was founded a couple of years earlier, but as far as I can tell Neubauten has never had an officially inactive period. Pere Ubu is arguably the poppier of the two bands (most of their songs have musical instruments, chords, and even melodies), but it was Neubauten who was booked to support U2 on their Zoo Tour in 1993. (Just yesterday I was trying to think of a more surprising opening act than Joan Jett’s selection of Lungfish in the ’90s, and now I’ve found it.)

Blixa Bargeld and co. are, like our friends from Cleveland, still active, still making new recordings and performing. I have no idea if or when we’ll get them to cross the Atlantic again (their last planned tour here was canceled due to visa issues), but they certainly have a catalog vast and deep enough to keep DJs around the world arguing about the difference between music and noise for many years to come.

[Long comment in red pen that has become blurred beyond recognition.]

“FABULOUS! (Now, can we get collapsing new people?)”

“Yow! Yow! Yow! Magnifique!”

“Somehow I know by the above handwriting that I’m not going to like this.”

“I was right! This is stupid noise!”

“You sound like a parent! A [square] one at that, daddy-o!”

“DJ Test. What is in here:
[ ]New Wave
[ ]Art Rock
[ ]Noise
[ ]Quite Rock
[ ]Genius
[ ]None of the Above”

“Yes, yes, & I like the titles a whole bunch too!”

“Yeah – some of the best stuff I’ve heard in a while.”

“Is this music?”

“This is NOISE! I’m not a parent. I gave it a chance. Parents don’t!”

“And what is music comprised of? Noise!!!”

“This is a great album.”

“Music is sound. This is sound. ‘Noise’ is arbitrarily determined by the listener. Some like noise.”

“Yes, and some don’t. But I’m beginning to.”

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  1. Eric Blume
    Posted December 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    They played open air in Myrtle Edwards Park back in 80’s, & they were loud! The people living in West Seattle could hear them play on that day.
    It was a beautiful summer day and they sounded great. I will never forget that show.

  2. Damon Creed
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Nice find in the archives. Take a look at Halber Mensch for an album that has a blistering comments battle.

    It was in the summer of ’86 they played Myrtle Edwards Park. A good chunk of the KCMU staff was positively giddy for the show, myself included. It’s on the internets:

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