Former Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds sideman Blixa Bargeld has fronted the Alt. Industrial – Experimental noise machine Einstürzende Neubauten for 29 years as of April 1, 2009. It’s a good time to acknowledge Blixa’s unique musical contributions and celebrate him as a pioneer in his field. This week, we will feature various interviews with Nick and Blixa, and consider the impact of Blixa Bargeld’s art/musical vision on The Birthday Party’s Nick Cave (they met in 1982) and how his joining forces with Nick brought the Bad Seeds into being.
Here is a video sample of EN, just a drop in the bucket but they are among my favorites. The power of EN live is best experienced with good quality headphones. Also, the range and nuances of Blixa Bargeld’s vocals are difficult to appreciate any other way. Blixa’s mature voice has a deep, velvety timbre that is both hypnotic and sensual. But his vocal delivery employs an arsenal of sounds: whispers, screams, yelps, howls, roars, yips, tongue-clicks, cheek-smacking, and the famous purr. My advice is to watch, listen, and experience it.
Zebulon (from Tabula Rasa, 1993) – 20th Anniversary Concert
Live at Columbiahalle, Berlin April 1, 2000 [Purrs @2.41, does the Mating Call @2.56]
Tx to Malin242
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Beauty/Die Befindlichkeit des Landes – 20th Anniversary Concert
Live at Columbiahalle, Berlin April 1, 2000 [Beauty; then Blixa’s hymn to Berlin]
Einstürzende Neubauten – Haus der Lüge + Epilogue (1989) (live)
This is a favorite for camera angle and lighting — and the sheer power of the the band.
tx to waramy2
Einstürzende Neubauten – Ein Stuhl in der Hölle (live) (Moers Jazz Festival, June 2, 1990)
A beloved performance, only 2 songs recorded by German TV. It’s worth mentioning that Blixa played the day before, on June 1, in Brixton, UK, with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Then Moers the next day, in Germany. He played PinkPop Festival in NL on June 4th. Wow: 2 bands, 3 gigs, in 3 countries, in 4 days.
tx to CircusofHeaven
Einsturzende Neubauten: Letztes Biest (am Himmel) (w/interview)
[From Seele Brennt Documentary Christian Beetz and Brigit Herdlitschke]
This clips show several versions of Letztes Biest as performed by the band over 15 years. It is a perfect time to end, for Blixa himself will bid you adieu from EN’s 20th anniversary show.
tx to ShiAkaShi