The Notwist ‎– Neon Golden

City Slang ‎– 20184-2, Virgin ‎– 7243 810910 2 9, Labels ‎– 810910 2, Big Store ‎– 810910 2
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1 One Step Inside Doesn't Mean You Understand
Composed By – Markus Acher, Micha AcherLyrics By – Markus Acher
2 Pilot
Composed By – Acher*, Gretschmann*, Acher*Lyrics By – Markus Acher
3 Pick Up The Phone
Composed By – Martin GretschmannLyrics By – Markus Acher
4 Trashing Days
Composed By – Micha AcherLyrics By – Markus Acher
5 This Room
Composed By – Acher*, Gretschmann*, Messerschmid*, Acher*Lyrics By – Markus Acher
6 Solitaire
Composed By, Lyrics By – Martin GretschmannWritten-By [Elements From Drowning By Numbers], Composed By [Elements From Drowning By Numbers] – Michael Nyman
7 One With The Freaks
Composed By, Lyrics By – Markus Acher
8 Neon Golden
Composed By – Markus Acher, Micha AcherLyrics By – Markus Acher
9 Off The Rails
Composed By – Markus Acher, Micha AcherLyrics By – Markus Acher
10 Consequence
Composed By – Micha AcherLyrics By – Markus Acher

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Track 9 is wrongly titled as "Off The Rail" on the back cover.

Coverdesign 2000/2001.

"Solitaire" contains elements from Drowning By Numbers
"Consequence" composed for Jo. Gi.

Sebastian Hess appears courtesy of Koch International Classic.
Markus and Micha Acher published by Wintrup Musikverlage, Detmold, Germany.
Martin Gretschmann published by Flirt 99, Berlin, Germany.
Drowning By Numbers published by Chester Music Ltd / Michael Nyman Ltd., used by permission, all rights reserved.

(P) 2002 Big Store/City Slang.
(C) 2002 Big Store/City Slang.
The copyright in this recording is owned by Big Store under licence to City Slang.
Printed in EU.

Catalog numbers:
810910 2: on CD label side.
20184-2: on CD label side, back cover and spine.
7243 810910 2 9: on back cover and spine.

All lyrics are printed in the glued-in booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24381 09102 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724381091029
  • Label Code: LC 06853
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): EMI UDEN 201842 @ 1 1-1-6-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 15E7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): EMI UDEN 201842 @ 2 2-1-8-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 155D
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): EMI UDEN 201842 @ 1 1-1-8-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): ifpi 15BA
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): EMI UDEN 201842 @ 2 2-1-2-NL
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L047
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): ifpi 15BA

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
20184-2, 7243 812124 2 4 The Notwist Neon Golden(CD, Album) City Slang, Virgin 20184-2, 7243 812124 2 4 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
SLANG0680057 The Notwist Neon Golden(CD, Album + DVD-V + Ltd, RE, Del) City Slang SLANG0680057 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
SLANG9550064 The Notwist Neon Golden(LP, Album, RE, 180) City Slang SLANG9550064 Germany 2010 Sell This Version
DOMUS10CD The Notwist Neon Golden(CD, Album, RE) Domino, Big Store DOMUS10CD US Unknown Sell This Version
DOMUS10CD The Notwist Neon Golden(CD, Album, Promo) Domino DOMUS10CD Europe 2002 Sell This Version


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January 24, 2004
Released quite a while back on German label (City Slang), this disc from Munich based Electronic Pop band, The Notwist has had a strange life. Included on numerous “best of 2002” lists, it was overlooked and neglected by music fans everywhere. It finally gained a domestic release (February 2003) on Domino Records, a label that unfortunately has equally unimpressive marketing and distribution abilities. In spite of this relative obscurity, Neon Golden stands as a shining example that great music can (on rare occasion) persevere.

Beginning in Weilheim, Germany as a heavy metal outfit, Markus and Micha Acher and Martin Messerschmid, released two albums filled with hammering drums and guitar solos (The Notwist and Nook) before sincerely considering calling it quits. Listening to those albums now, one would be hard pressed to believe this is the same band. In the mid 90s, they decided to add Martin Console and enlist his expertise working with electronic beats and production techniques. Their first album together, Shrink was a massive step forward and utterly different from anything else made at the time. It combined many unique and distinct styles, from rock, folk and electro beats and was very much ahead of its time.

Jump forward to 2002, and their release of Neon Golden. Its hypnotic rhythms and funky blips and bleeps stand in stark contrast to the evocative calmness of Markus Acher’s voice; producing a truly stunning record. Unlike many electronic bands, The Notwist have an amazing ability to give their tracks breathing room. Instead of piling on the beats, samples and overdubs, they take a minimal approach and leave you captivated and lost in contemplative thought. A decade into their career, The Notwist have created a tour de force and one of the best CDs I have heard in years.


April 2, 2003

I find this cd totally different from the other one's of the notwist. Actually I like this one the most. It contains a lot of great songs and the electronic music used in each song is magnificent. The cd is so intense...I was really stunned. Even if you don't really like electronic music, you Will like this record!