You will find me if you want me in the garden / unless it’s pouring down with rain
Blixa Bargeld, N.U. Unruh and FM Einheit declared war on all conventional hearing habits with the release of their debut album “Kollaps” (Collapse) in November 1981. Tremendously noise-intensive, rhythmically ritual anti-pop was offered as an antidote for the frightened, paralyzed and media-sedated masses. It was made from a range of instruments carefully beaten together from mostly stolen construction site, scrap yard and do-it-yourself supplies, consisting of steel parts, barrels, drills, hammers, saws and an untuned electric guitar. The sound monster awakened to life was crowned by Bargeld’s blood-curdling screams and feverish texts, impregnated by doomsday fantasies that revolved around ruin and destruction, illness, downfall and death. Precisely this nonconformist mixture would lay the cornerstone for a completely new understanding of music.
A recentish Einsturzende Neubauten song The Garden, minimal instrumentation, a bass aligned groove that barely registers and the ever present trademark builds accomplished with vocals and then orchestration… the garden is classic Einsturzende Neubauten.
It’s quite a lovely song.
I saw them in 93 (I think) at the Clapham Grand, a stunnng venue, and for the entire performance I couldn’t wipe the huge grin from my face….