EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN - FEURIO – FREAKY COVERS FRIDAY

August 24, 2012
German industrial band formed in West Berlin in 1980 best known for custom building their own instruments of scrap metal and producing anti-music with them as well as with traditional instruments. The band was described as avant-garde and industrial. As per their website they describe their music as, “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 non-conformist mixture would lay the cornerstone for a completely new understanding of music, which would influence countless mainstream pop bands, such as DEPECHE MODE, NINE INCH NAILS, Marilyn Manson and RAMMSTEIN.” The group consists of Blixa Bargeld on vocals, guitar and keyboard, Alexander Hacke on bass and guitar, Jochen Arbeit on guitar and vocals and Rodolf Moser and N.U. Unruh on their custon built instruments. Disography: 15 albums, 4 EPs, and a huge collection of singles. They still tour today.

The freaky cover photo is credited to Kain Karawahn a merchant banker and freelance artist who took up photography. Actually, what he really did was set things on fire only to photograph them, calling these episodes his (art) ‘performances’. He did illegally set fire to part of the Berlin Wall at one time for the sole purpose of photographing and video-taping this “performance’. He lives and works in Berlin. The design of the album is by Fuego-Ateliers, popular designers of records covers of that era. The band’s logo is actually a cave drawing which they adopted as their own.

This Record:
Feurio! By Einsturzende Neubauten
12”Single, 45 rpm
1990, Rough Trade Records

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