Neubauten head Blixa Bargeld, 28, in front of a chained TV set in his sleazy hotel(room), is the poet of the band. A capricious diva in Napa leather who frequently lets you wait for him. The son of a Berlin carpenter and his colleagues have just produced the newest record.
Blixa Bargeld, 1987. Photo: Jan Riephoff
Caption: Dagmar Vieljans
(Tx Selysia for donating the pic & translating the text & caption.)
ON EDIT: here’s the rest of the clipping text translation:
VOLL AUF’S OHR – SMACK ON THE EAR
(Dagmar Vieljans 1987, photos by Jan Riephoff)
Einstürzende Neubauten – that’s the name of the band with the air hammer sound that is bound to rock the Hamburger Schauspielhaus with the musical “Andi” until April.
His head bent forward, the singer who calls himself Blixa Bargeld in keeping with his love for cash devours a plate of sweet-and-sour fish for breakfast – at 6 pm. “I only gave up eating meat to annoy my parents”, he mumbles and with an unsteady hand, knocks back two Campari orange. Afterwards, the head of the “Einstürzenden Neubauten” stalks across the street to the Hamburger Schauspielhaus. Life in itself is already stress enough for him, but now, Blixa is collecting all his strength in his voice, to roar at the baroque putti in the theatre:
Nächtens ward ich trunken
In einem selten Loch
Bin gleich darin versunken
Weiland, trink ich wohl immer noch
(One night I was most drunk
into a pit most rare
in a trice therein I sunk
I was likely still drinking ere)*
It’s accompanied by a scary sound made with metallic instruments ranging from a 1000 ltr. tank to a massive T-beam. Germany’s kings of indutrial rock (according to America’s “Wall Street Journal”) are the shockers in Peter Zadek’s production of “Andi”. It’s the story of a boy whose 16 year old life is running as commonplace and bereft of opportunities as that of thousands of others – until he ends up in the crosshairs of a nutty citizen’s gun and dies. The Schauspielhaus gives warnings: “Dangerous for people with heart conditions”, “…not for the faint of heart”, and they keep a supply of 20,000 ear plugs as protection against the 120 dezibel level of noise (the air hammer is generating 100 dB). The propadandists of the apocalypse do their job thoroughly or not at all. No compromises are being made for the benefit of well-fed theatre subscribers for a piece of social criticism. The only thing that connects them to Andi is a friend in the same youth correctional center where Andi was once interned.
*Trinklied translation courtesy of neubauten.org
Thank you Selysia for donating the clipping and for translating the text.