EBM

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Work! (To Live) – July 2022

A return to the Aces and Eights basement, where I joined Nathan Nothing and Cavey Nik to play a night of EBM and related styles.  I don’t play that often these days, so every set like this is special.  

 

9pm

Vangelis – Alpha
32Crash – Slow Crash
Haujobb – Dead Market
AutoDaFeh – Identity Unknown
klack – Discipline
á;GRUMH – C.B.B. (14%)
Borghesia – Discipline (same title but different song to the klack one…..)
The Young Gods – Jimmy
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Do You Fear For Your Child
Revolting Cocks – Attack Ships On Fire
Kraftwerk – Numbers
Welle:Erdball – Starfighter F-104G
Kirlian Camera – Nightglory

 

11:15pm

Project Pitchfork – K.N.K.A. (Climax Version)
Front Line Assembly – Iceloate
Leæther Strip – Adrenalin Rush
The Invincible Spirit – Push!
Das Ich – Destillat (Original version)
Front 242 – No Shuffle
Nitzer Ebb – Control I’m Here
DAF – Kebabträume
Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You
Klinik – Moving Hands
Skinny Puppy – Far Too Frail

Work! (To Live) – March 2022

The first Terminates Here set since the pandemic began took place at Work! (To Live), a real-world version of Nathan Nothing’s lockdown-era online event Work! (From Home). Back to one of my favourite venues, and one of my favourite styles to play, alongside Nathan and DJ Mara Mortem. And thanks to Bandcamp Fridays, some new bands alongside the old favourites.

 

9pm-9:45pm

Due to my 2-year DJing layoff, I decided to start the event with the last track I played at the final Terminates Here set (also at Aces and Eights) in March 2020, followed by a reprise of the first track ever played at a TH set back in 2008 (also in Tufnell Park). Then the hard rhythms could begin…..

Ramin Djawadi fear Serj Tankian – The Rains of Castamere
Laibach – Mama Leone
:Wumpscut: – Capital Punishment
Deja Vu 2 – World Alert (2014 mix)
Borghesia – Ni Upanja, Ni Strahu
Ministry – Just Like You
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus
Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
Pouppée Fabrikk – Death
Chrome Corpse – Remembering Your Words
Rein – There Is No Authority but Yourself

 

11:15pm-12:00am

Possibly one of my favourite DJ stints, ever…..

Absolute Body Control – Figures
Front 242 – Tragedy For You (Punish Your Machine)
Leæther Strip – Strap Me Down
Red Meat – Wrapped In Leather
Test Dept – Landlord
Armageddon Dildos – East West
Choke Chain – Blood
Cat Rapes Dog – American Dream
Youth Code – The Dust of Fallen Rome
Portion Control – Amnesia
Die Krupps – Robo Sapien

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – A Listener’s Guide

I’ve long had issue with how poorly bands from continental Europe are covered when the Anglo/American music journos cover a particular genre.  Even when the bands in question sing in English.  Bands singing in any other tongue are a particularly hard sell, but every now and again, a notable project breaks through.  And Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (DAF from here on) stand out in this very small grouping due to the way they achieved a cult following in the UK a couple of decades before anyone had heard of Rammstein.  This achievement was not despite the fact that they sung in German, but in many respects because of it. 

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Nitzer Ebb – A Listeners Guide

The news that Nitzer Ebb were reforming as a live act was a cue for me to make them the subject of my fourth listeners guide, and my first to cover a British act. Indeed, they hail from Chelmsford, only a few miles from my own home territory on the Essex/East London borders. And a year working in their home city only proved the old adage that no prophet is hailed in their homeland. Not one of my colleagues had any idea who they were. OK, this may have been during EBM’s early 00s nadir, but I doubt any of them have become aware of these particular local legends since.

This wouldn’t be such disappointment if Nitzer Ebb’s influence had spread only to various German and Swedish copyists with the hermetically-sealed ‘industrial scene’. The existence of said bands is acknowledged about once a decade by the English-speaking electronic music press, who occasionally work out that EBM-and-techno-work-quite-well-together. But the Ebb’s influence has spread much further than that. I guess it’s down to me to tell the story. Again.

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Front 242 – A Listeners Guide

On one hand, I’m pleased that the shot-callers in the club scene have finally worked out and acknowledged the significance Electronic Body Music (EBM) had on the development of various contemporary dance music genres. But simply name-checking an early 242 single doesn’t make you an expert in the style.

Conversely, I once had a conversation with a noted goth/industrial/whatever-we-call-it DJ who simply wasn’t aware of any notable 242 tracks pre-Headhunter. Which was better than some DJs, who thought that one song was the only thing by them worth playing. Or the fact that my corporate social networking profiles all feature a ‘242’ in the username and no-one’s spotted the relevance yet.

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