|Genres:||Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||industrial experimental noise kraut rock german avant-garde|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Official Homepage Wikipedia Wikipedia|
Formed out of the Berlin arts conglomerate Die Geniale Dilletanten, Einstürzende Neubauten (inspired by the collapse of the Kongresshalle) made their live debut on April 1 1980 at the Moon. The line-up comprised Blixa Bargeld (Christian Emmerich, 12 January 1959, Berlin, Germany), N.U. Unruh (b. Andrew Chudy, 9 June 1957, New York, USA), Beate Bartel and Gudrun Gut, the latter two from the punk band Mania D. Alexander Van Borsig (b. Alexander Hacke, 11 October 1965, Berlin, Germany), an occasional contributor, joined in time for the bands first single, Für Den Untergang. When Bartel and Gut departed to form Malaria and Matador they were replaced by F.M. Einheit (b. Frank Strauss, 18 December 1958, Dortmund, Germany; ex-Abwärts). Einheit and Unruh formed the bands rhythmic backbone, experimenting with a variety of percussive effects, while Bargeld provided discordant vocals and guitar.