Einstürzende Neubauten's "Blume" video (1993)


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  1. dave says:

    Their music is great, used some of it here on my light herder site:


  2. dpamac says:

    I love anything with Blixa Bargeld. Personally, my favorite Einsturzende Neubauten video is “Sabrina.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnGYaqjW-A

  3. Ashen Victor says:

    I dont know what is more mesmerizing, the fantastic sound or the jazz hands…

  4. Josef Stalin says:

    Never seen something so dubious and irresponsible. Well done. Keep up the good work!


  5. smonkey says:

    here’s some nice video of the machines at work with details.


  6. awjt says:

    The Boing Boing Music page is GREAT!  Can you make it so that you don’t have to click through to listen to a song?  (i.e. make the teaser graphics the active links)

  7. a better translation of this tremendous band’s name might be “demolishing skyscrapers”.

    • Gyrofrog says:

      I’m not sure that’s quite right; compare “The buildings collapsed.” vs. “The buildings demolished.”  For example, the former Berlin Congress Hall, which was indeed a collapsing new (i.e. post-war) building.

      • true, but the band had already been formed and named before that happened, didn’t it?  it is entirely possible i’m reading more anti-modernity into their stuff than i should.

        • Gyrofrog says:

          [EDIT: You are] Not misreading anything, just that those neubauten could probably (not) take care of themselves.  (Trying to remember old grammar lessons – I think it’s transitive vs. intransitive? “She’s running the show” vs. “She’s running away.”)  OTOH I recall an interview in which either Blixa or N.U. Unruh, when asked if or how they set a building ablaze as part of a background image, said something to the effect of “it’s really simple, just set it ablaze.” Though that may have been an altbauten.

          I didn’t really keep up with them after Fünf auf der nach oben offenen Richterskala, but at one point something “clicked” for me and those albums following Kollaps no longer sounded noisy (nor extreme) at all. I started thinking about their earlier material (especially the live recording 2 x 4)  more as “world music” than anything else (although I know that term makes some cringe) – moreso when I found the recording that “Armenia” excerpts (it’s an Ocora disc, called, simply, Armenie IIRC).

      • swlabr says:

        Wikipedia: “The band name is usually translated into English as “Collapsing New Buildings”. Neubauten (“new buildings” in English) is a general term referring to buildings constructed in Germany after 1945. These are often regarded as cheaper, flimsier, and less aesthetically attractive than Altbauten, or pre-1945, especially pre-modernist buildings. Due to the extensive destruction throughout Germany during the Second World War, and the extensive rebuilding thereafter, Neubauten constitute a very familiar element of German cities.”

    • mindysan33 says:

      I’m not a German expert (by ANY stretch of the imagination), but I’ve always seen it translated into English as “collapsing new buildings”.  Would someone who is a native speaker of the language translate it as “demolishing skyscrapers”?  I don’t know…

      Either way, I’ve always taken it as a conceptual idea – fundamentally questioning what we mean by the modern – so both translations could apply here. I thought the Neubauten part was a reference to bauhaus modernism, more than a physical building – more what a modern building means about the modern world. 

      Maybe I’m wrong…  I’ve been a fan since the 90s, but I’m not a fan girl who knows all the ins and outs of the band…

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        I was under the impression that it should be idiomatically translated as ‘slipshod construction’.

      • TheMudshark says:

        I would actually translate it as “collapsing new buildings” just like you wrote first. I.m.o., neither “demolishing skyscrapers” nor “slipshod construction” would be accurate. The name to me has always conveyed a general lust for the act of destruction, be it the destruction of buildings, systems, societal standards or whatever else.

        See for example lyrics such as the ones for “Krieg in den Städten:

        Verbrannte Erde
        Ich steh auf Viren
        Ich steh auf Chemie
        In die Luft sprengen
        Krieg unter Autos
        Ich steh auf Feuer
        Ich steh auf Rauch
        Ich steh auf Drogen
        Ich steh auf Krach
        und ich steh auf Steine
        Ich hol dich nicht raus
        Ich steh auf Zermalmen
        Ich steh auf Krankheit
        Ich steh auf Niedergang
        Ich steh auf Ende
        Ich steh auf Schluß
        Ich steh auf Aus
        Ich steh auf Hölle

        Standing up/lying down
        Scorched earth
        I´m into Viruses
        I´m into chemicals
        Standing up
        Falling down
        Blowing up
        War under cars
        I´m into fire
        I´m into smoke
        I´m into drugs
        I´m into noise
        and I´m into stones
        I´m not getting you out
        I´m into crushing
        I´m into sickness
        I´m into demise
        I´m into ending
        I´m into finish
        I´m into “off”
        I´m into hell

  8. great track. their “faustmusik” is a mainstay in my cd changer (not that the old bastard gets much use anymore)

  9. swlabr says:

    I just love this video. I could watch it repeatedly. The understated and haunting music, mixed with that odd Germanic sense of humour. The little cabinet that Blixa keeps retreating into, and the Chrysanthemum described as an “urgent star”… it comes together in an unusual way.  

  10. niktemadur says:

    Einstürzende Neubauten’s “Blume” video, presented by State Farm!  What the hell…?
    What will they think of next, Throbbing Gristle’s “Discipline (Berlin)”, presented by Pfizer?

  11. SunShine_K says:

    Faints at the sight of Blixa….THANK YOU a million times.

  12. all this translation talk is doing is making me want to listen to Fad Gadget

  13. 0:46-0:48. Is that Richard Lewis?

  14. Haunting….bet this is the kind of thing David Lynch sees in his nightmares.

  15. TheMudshark says:

    Quintessential Neubauten to me will always be their industrial noise stuff:

    Krieg in den Städten:

    Schmerzen Hören:

    Negativ Nein:

    Even though all of this should objectively be unpleasant to listen to, for some reason to me it never was. Love it in fact.

  16. Yeah – their industrial stuff.  If you like this sort of thing, then you might enjoy “Strategies Against Architecture”.  Here’s my pick:  ‘Armenia’ from their great video Halber Mench (1985?), stuck against Zeichnungen Des Patienten O T:  http://youtu.be/7IL__IAyBuE

    Einstürzende Neubauten:  The reason I can’t be bothered with “Green Day”.

  17. Michael Cate says:

    Blixa did some commercials for Hornbach, which I believe is a German hardware store chain.  They’re commercials are pretty awesome:







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