Einstürzende Neubauten ‎– Halber Mensch

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A1 Halber Mensch
Composed By [Composition] – Alexander Hacke, F.M. Einheit, Mark Chung*, N. U. Unruh, Nikkolai WeidemannEngineer – Nainz Watts*, Thomas SternLyrics By – Blixa BargeldVocals – Ma Gita*, Monika (43), Sabine*, Verena (3)
A2 Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego) 7:12
A3 Trinklied 1:17
A4 Z.N.S. 5:36
B1 Seele Brennt
Recorded By, Mixed By – Michael Zimmerling
B2 Sehnsucht (Zitternd) 2:54
B3 Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy 6:43
B4 Letztes Biest (Am Himmel) 3:21

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Recorded at Hansa + Tritonus Studios 84-85 Berlin.
Sehnsucht by BBC for John Peel session in 1983 [recorded 24/08/1983 at Maida Vale 4 Studio, first transmission 05/09/1983]
Published by Freibank

Titled 1/2 Mensch on cover and Halber Mensch on spine.
Includes lyrics in German translated in English on printed inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 8963
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): SNB SF-14-A/2 EFA 02614 A2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): SNB EFA 02614 B SF-14-B

Other Versions (5 of 27) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SF 14 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch(LP, Album) What's So Funny About.. SF 14 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
BART 331, BART 451 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch(LP, Album + 12", Ltd) Some Bizzare, Some Bizzare BART 331, BART 451 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PCD-22303 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch(CD, Album, RM, Car) P-Vine Records PCD-22303 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Bart CD 331 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch(CD, Album) Some Bizzare Bart CD 331 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SF 14 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch(CD, Album) What's So Funny About.. SF 14 Germany 1986 Sell This Version


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October 29, 2003
If you are new to the old-school industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten this album might be a good start. Not very extreme but still with some of that desperate feeling that their music has. The first track is a nice monotone thingy with a choir talk-singing german lyrics and the second track, Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego), is definitively a party tune suitable for any dance floor. Track 7 includes the lovely line 'This was made to end all parties' in a comforting noisy surrounding and it could very well turn out to serve as a party killer, even though
EN lovers seem to interpret the line in absolutely the opposite way.

Some of the tunes are dominated up front by the german lyrics well worth reading and accompanied by noise and rhytmics made up by samples from all sorts of metal stuff and machines for drilling, cutting and you name it. It should be mentioned that the album is rhythmically a bit square and less experimental than their earlier albums.

Halber Mench is not by far the most industrial, harsh, controversial (lyrics) or chaotic album by EN. However, the album may serve as good start for the beginner and it was very popular when released in 1985.


April 9, 2003

the first completely 'professional' produced and arranged work of Einstürzende Neubauten and the beginning of their decay. only the track "Halber Mensch" can convince, the rest is rather sterile and dead.