EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN : 1981-82 Livematerial
A blink-&-you'd-missed-it 1982 cassette release from Hamburg's Rip Off / Ruff Trade label (a ZickZack spin-off, they also put out the Stahldubversions tape & Christina's Final Church 12"), sanctioned by E.N. & capturing them at close quarters at their most anarchic, riotous & (frankly) fucked-up. Though very similar to Roir's later (& better known) 2x4 tape, these Livematerial recordings are far more brutal & exciting. Mufti's on extraordinary form throughout - it sounds like he's ripping a Volkswagen apart with his bare hands on the opening Sehnsucht"! I've still got an tatty NME from this period stashed away somewhere with a frighteningly unhealthy looking Blixa on the front cover - the Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer cutting reproduced below is taken from the same session but he looks comparatively spritely in the accompanying photo. A couple of these tracks ("Schwarz" & "Gestohlenes Band [Orf]") turned up on Mute's original Strategies Against Architecture retrospective, but everything else is exclusive to this tape. Tausend danke & a redhot shower of molten sparks to Dark Circle Room for the quality linkage, Livematerial is a particularly scarce item & I've certainly not come across it anywhere else. Abfackeln!