(19 MP3 files below the jump.)
In 1991, the Berlin-based Zensor label released a compilation called Als die Partisanen kamen (When The Guerrillas Came). It contained a bunch of Berlin underground music which had appeared on the Zensor, Monogam, and Marat labels between 1979 and 1983. Apparently they thought it would be dangerous if it fell into the wrong hands, so they created some of the most annoying and illegible artwork in the history of mankind. Though the CD cover doesn't have disturbing imagery, fold-out velvet penises, or anything comparable, it still makes me shiver to this day whenever I look at it. Trying to read the track information makes me wish I was blind. I have provided scans of the front and back cover, but in order to protect the innocent, they are hidden beneath the jump. The music is there, too. Read on if you dare.
I will let the music speak for itself in a moment, just a few words of background. If I remember correctly, I bought this CD for one song only, Sing mir ein kleines Arbeiterkampflied by Konstantin aka Max Goldt. The title roughly translates as Sing a little worker's fight song for me, and for the benefit of those who don't speak German, here is the translation of the lyrics, done by my own personal Babel Fish:
"Sing to me a small worker combat song, one that swings humans working with pep, one, that, and to thinking brings. Sing to me a small worker combat song, one, which hisses, one, which slams, and from thousand man throats before the work gate sounds. Sing, men, sing, which want you? The same right as you. Sing, men, sing, bet that. Box of beer."
Apart from this little ditty, the compilation features early works of Einstürzende Neubauten and friends, music for laundromats by Frieder Butzmann, music for (throwing up into) toilets by Michael Altfeld, cover versions of popular hits, a love song about a 49 second romance, and songs about war. Actually, about half of the songs have lyrical or musical references to war or the apocalypse. Good old times...
Some trivia for your next party before we get to the music: The person behind the moniker Borsig is actually 15 year old Alexander Hacke who later went on to join Einstürzende Neubauten. His waltz Hiroshima reminisces about "how beautiful it was", and how "we were decaying, hugging each other, being so happy".
For your total satisfaction, here is the complete album in MP3 format:
Einstürzende Neubauten & Die Sentimentale Jugend - Wollt ihr die totale Befriedigung | Mania D - Track Four | Frieder Butzmann - Valeska | | Rainy Day Women - Die Heimkehr der roten Brigaden | | Der tobende Luftkampf - Fieber | Thomas Voburka - Black Box | Einstürzende Neubauten - Für den Untergang | Mona Mur - Eintagsfliege | Frieder Butzmann - Waschsalon | Die Haut - (Never Going Back To) 5.th Avenue | Die Zwei - Einsamkeit | Frieder Butzmann - Die kleinen Tiere | Mekanik Destrüktiv Kohmandöh - Im Land des ewigen Krieges | Borsig - Hiroshima | P1/E - 49 Second Romance | Die Unbekannten - Casualties | Konstantin - Sing mir ein kleines Arbeiterkampflied | Django & Maria - Rock'n Roll is bigger than all of us | Michael Altfeld - Music for toilets