Einstürzende Neubauten: “Merle (Die Elektrik)” (Zeichnungen Des Patienten O.T., Some Bizarre 1983)
I bought this album about 10 years after its release, when I was a teenager. I had just begun to learn about industrial music, and, having already gotten into more contemporary acts like Skinny Puppy and Front 242, when I’d heard about Neubauten’s reputation and legacy I knew I had to at least hear it. In some ways it’s the perfect introduction, not quite as harsh as their debut Kollaps but still embodying their entire ethos of their first incarnation. Thirty years later it still sounds brilliant.