I hear the Germans have a good chuckle at the American tendency to view Blixa Bargeld as some mysterious, dark and dangerous creature. The man we know best as the firestarting sledgehammer-wielding Einstürzende Neubauten shriek'n howling Bad Seed with S&M themed performance & fashion aesthetic is better known to his country volks as a national institution: Movie Star, Urbane Gentleman, Celebrity Chef, and now, the face of the German equivalent of Home Depot.
- Blixa recommends a strong mosquito killer.
- Blixa can't get enough of these new paving stones.
- Blixa not love a power drill? Pshaw!
- Blixa on paint.
You're invited to further nosh on Neubauten. Herewith, my interview with Blixa (RM link) on April 28, 2000. I was scared shitless. It was my first radio interview ever, I was intimidated, and it was my birthday. I desperately needed to smoke cigarettes and drink beer. We did, and it went fine, though I'm sure I'd be humiliated to hear it now.
And finally, here's an mp3 download of the song you hear playing in all those commercials --
12305 Te Nacht (5.7m), from the album Tabula Rasa. Yippee ya-ya yippee yippee yay.