1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

512. Kollaps – Einstürzende Neubauten

Brief Background: Kollaps is the debut album by German Industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. The album was recorded and released in 1981.

What I think: From the beginning, this album had difficult written all over it.

  • A German name I can’t even begin to pronounce. – Check
  • Titles in German, I can sort of make out. – Check
  • The album is tough to find in any digital format. – Check

I just knew it would be industrial, experimental and angry and I was not wrong. It’s not what I would usually listen to, but it was interesting. Most of the percussion was done on found metal objects, the lyrics are insanely angry and without understanding the German I can even tell… twisted.

To me, the strength of the record comes more from what it obviously influenced that what it is in itself. You can just hear Nine Inch Nails all over it.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Again, we have a borderline record. I’ll keep it, just because of the influences.

Rating (Out of 5) 2.5

Amazon Rating of Kollaps 4.7/5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (373/490)

Amount that are new to me: 76%


2 comments on “512. Kollaps – Einstürzende Neubauten

  1. Greg Schwartz
    January 18, 2018

    I’ve been working my way through this same list: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/planetneutral/chronicle_of_the_1001_albums_you_must_hear_before_you_die/, using a Excel list that incorporates all of the editions. I’m very impressed that you’re listening to them in order. Not sure how I would do with that. I’m using a random number generator and an Excel spreadsheet to make sure I bounce around. But the longer I stay at it, the more I realize that there is a decidedly Anglophile perspective to the whole thing. I mean, how much Dexys Midnight Runners and Brian Eno should one really have to hear before one dies? I’m listening to this Ian Dury album right now and, well, wondering why.

    • davidvriezedaniels
      January 18, 2018

      It’s certainly true about the Dexy’s and the Eno, that was one complaint before I went into this project. That Dury one is tough too, it was one of my rare 0’s.
      I wanted to do the albums in order to give them a sense of chronology and continuity I guess. I wanted to be able to say, this was the blueprint for that. When I first started, I when I was sick of a certain period, I opened the book to a random page and picked an album. I haven’t felt the need to do that in a while though.
      I also want to keep the albums that are on the list somewhat of a surprise, so I don’t look ahead. I want to check out your page… but that would give away some secrets.

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