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Kollaps

Einstürzende Neubauten

1981

Kollaps

Album Summary

Kollaps is the first official LP by Einstürzende Neubauten, released in 1981 on German label ZickZack as #ZZ 65. The songs are a mixture of rough punk tunes as well as industrial noises obtained from self-made music machines, electronics, and found objects such as metal plates. The album was reissued in 2002 with Stahldubversions, originally released in 1982. Blixa Bargeld, N.U. Unruh and F.M. Einheit appear on the album. "Jet'M" is a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg song "Je t'aime... moi non plus". Track 15 of many CD versions of the album is a live recording of "Negativ Nein" from 26 June 1987 at the Tempodrom in Berlin. Trouser Press described Kollaps as "one of the most shocking visions ever committed to vinyl." The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

1.87

Votes

430

Genres

  • Rock
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Not my thing. Awful

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This is a joke, right? No way this is real. These guys took mics to Haus Depöt and started recording everything on the plumbing aisle. This shit sounds like a “10 HOUR INDUSTRIAL BLACKSMITH FACTORY AMBIENCE” youtube video. Honestly though, I can dig abstraction and distorted electronica, but you always need something for the audience to latch on to. At times this is cool, but if this plays at the discotheque, I’m leaving because you can’t even try to dance to this shit

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5

A band and album that is so hard to properly describe. I got into Neubauten through listening to the Bad Seeds and I was lucky enough to see the play in 1991. It was like visiting hell, am I mean that as a compliment to the unabashed fury on display that night. Cut pieces of shopping trolley raining over the audience and sparks from angle grinders adding a sense of danger that they may just set the venue alight. This album doesn't even come ose to capturing that but it still gets five stars as it is still on a whole other level to most of the albums on this list

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It’s like when you visit an art gallery and there’s a video instillation. The video is shot on Super 8, and features broken mirrors, religious imagery, and a good deal of nudity. This album would be the soundtrack. You stand at the back of the darkened gallery just long enough to prove you aren’t scared/confused/shocked by it, then politely edge your way out to go and find something by Banksy, whose book you have on the coffee table at home. Giving it 2 stars. If you gave it 1 star, it would mean you didn’t ‘get it’ … and I definitely ‘get it’. 100% ‘get it’. It’s just I prefer stuff by Radiohead, or Banksy.

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This should be everyone's selection on April 1st, because it being included on the list has to be a joke. Worse than awful.

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Unlistenable…but that’s probably the point.

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4

Really solid creatively and certainly the most deserving of the label industrial, but not the EN album I would’ve picked for a “must listen.”

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3

Grew on me. Not sure I'd listen again though.

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2

I didn’t listen to this album because I’m not into German music.

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2

Pretty much endured this. I’m a generally open to the idea that I’m not getting something weird and could be brought around to appreciation but This one I thought was a load of BS.

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2

Some songs were definitely listenable. Others were sound collages put together. Not a very cohesive album, maybe that’s the point?

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2

Pretty tough to listen to but it definitely has a place in music history given that it paved the way for other industrial music. A bit too experimental for me.

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2

Not bad background music except for it feeling like I was being shouted at by Hitler the entire time

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Music is context specific right. And my current context is really jarring with this. This ISN'T work background music. But, there's something that's made me curious. I like the textures. The drums on Steh auf Berlin sound similar to a Woodkid track (you know the one trending on TT right now). There must be some techno remixes of these songs playing at Berghain right? U-Haft-Muzak has a really interesting intro, and not surprised to read one of the band members joined Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Can hear how Nine Inch Nails have been influenced by them. Apparently the band threw fire at their audiences and damaged venues. Hmmm, that sounds like really shitty behaviour IMHO.

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noise music, very much not my thing

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Trash

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Knowing German did not make this any better, honestly might've been more tolerable if I didn't know it.

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1

If you have a headache and would like to worsen your headache, this is the perfect album for you. Let's just say...interesting does not equal listenable.

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This was weird. I listened to the whole thing but did not enjoy much of it.

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Uf...

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Could only listen to the first three "songs" before I had to give up. Came back to listen a few other tracks which turned out to be easier on the ears. Still have to say that this music is not for me.

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Noise

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unfortunately could not finish, which might seem unfair to rate it so low. it was a sensory nightmare for me though, and felt more like rhythms and beats with extra noises. not my cup of tea

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I just don't vibe with the atonality and bizarre aspects of experimental music

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Listened to clips from most of the songs and that was enough. I can imagine this being popular with people who enjoy tearfully masturbating to the Hostel movies.

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Probably won’t be listening to this again

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Looking forward to Jon's review of this. I wish my German was better, I'd love to know what they are singing/shouting about. Borderline unlistenable of course. Not as bad as Soungarden.

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I am someone who is a lover of noise, static and jarring music. I couldn’t find a way in to enjoy it and I couldn’t get anything out of it apart for the thought that this was just a load of crap.

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