Nitzer Ebb

Nitzer Ebb

Nitzer Ebb is a British EBM project, formed in 1982.
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Nitzer Ebb Discography


none Nitzer Ebb Basic Pain Procedure (Album) Not On Label (Nitzer Ebb Self-released) none UK 1983 Sell This Version
INT 146.830, STUMM 45 Nitzer Ebb That Total Age (Album) Mute INT 146.830, STUMM 45 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
GEFMC 24213 Nitzer Ebb Belief (Album) Mute GEFMC 24213 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
INT 846.858, CD Stumm 72 Nitzer Ebb Showtime (Album) Mute INT 846.858, CD Stumm 72 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
GEFD-24456 Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead (Album) Mute GEFD-24456 US 1991 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Big Hit (Album, Comp) Mute none Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Industrial Complex (Album) Major Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
1NEPDVD2012 NE* NE+HH: Live At The Markthalle 1NEPDVD2012 Europe 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NEP1 Nitzer Ebb Nitzer Ebb (Maxi) Power Of Voice Communications NEP1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Untitled(Cass, S/Sided, EP, Promo) Not On Label (Nitzer Ebb Self-released) none UK 1984 Sell This Version
NEP 2 Nitzer Ebb Warsaw Ghetto / So Bright So Strong (Single, Maxi) Power Of Voice Communications NEP 2 France 1985 Sell This Version
NEB 4 Nitzer Ebb Murderous (Single, Maxi) Power Of Voice Communications, Transglobal NEB 4 UK 1986 Sell This Version
NEB3, neb 3 Nitzer Ebb Let Your Body Learn (Single, Maxi) Power Of Voice Communications, Power Of Voice Communications NEB3, neb 3 UK 1986 Sell This Version
INT 126.861, 12 MUTE 58 Nitzer Ebb Let Your Body Learn (Single, Maxi) Mute INT 126.861, 12 MUTE 58 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Join In The Chant (Single, Maxi) Mute none South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Fitness Of Purpose(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) David Gresham Records none South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
J-EPA-PRO 37 Depeche Mode / Nitzer Ebb Depeche Mode / Nitzer Ebb - Untitled(Acetate, 12", Smplr) David Gresham Records J-EPA-PRO 37 South Africa 1987 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 71 Nitzer Ebb Control Im Here (Single, Maxi) Mute 12 MUTE 71 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
DGS-XP-468 Nitzer Ebb Warsaw Ghetto(Acetate, 12", Single) David Gresham Records DGS-XP-468 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
none Nitzer Ebb Let Your Beauty Loose(Acetate, 7", Single) RPM Records (3) none South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
0-21291-DJ Die Krupps Featuring Nitzer Ebb Die Krupps Featuring Nitzer Ebb - The Machineries Of Joy (Single, Maxi) Geffen Records 0-21291-DJ US 1989 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 78 Nitzer Ebb Hearts & Minds (Mix Hypersonic) (Single, Maxi) Mute 12 MUTE 78 UK 1988 Sell This Version
80494 Nitzer Ebb Shame (Single, Maxi) Mute 80494 France 1989 Sell This Version
9 21602-2 Nitzer Ebb Lightning Man / Getting Closer / Fun To Be Had (Maxi) Geffen Records 9 21602-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
CD MUTE 115 Nitzer Ebb Fun To Be Had / Getting Closer Mixes (Maxi, Single) Mute, Mute CD MUTE 115 UK 1990 Sell This Version

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February 17, 2016
They always raise my heartbeat to a faster rhythm (or so it feels), so exciting, intricate, original, complex, fascinating... just great! My brother got to see them live in Hollywood, California. A few years ago (kind of like, more than 15 years ago, actually) so lucky!


November 26, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Strange as it must seem, the name ‘Nitzer Ebb’ was formed by an unexpected random selection of cut papers with written letters and words. One day, the members of the band put them in a hat and took out one by one, regrouping the pieces in a final word according to what they thought would look graphically aesthetic, and the word ‘Nitzer Ebb’ came out.
Influenced by the Expressionism and Dadaism movements, this electronic project settled a landmark on the Industrial-EBM dance scene through their bleeding, powerful songs combining devastating synth lines and fierce vocals. Though their lyrics seem meaningless for the ill-advised, they are lightly engaged, making use of political symbols - mostly of them about totalitarian dictatorships – in order to ironically criticize them and to defend a more humanistic perspective and the individual right to question the government’s actions.
That’s probably the reason why these extremist and conservative institutions (including the Church) became the main subjects on the band’s lyrics, even if Nitzer Ebb emerged on a much later period - at the end of the Cold War era, in the eighties. The use of specific symbols like industrial and farming tools, for example, is a testimonial that Nitzer Ebb was at the same time part of the Industrial-EBM movement and obsessed with all these icons of the socialism and fascism dictatorships.
During the tour of Fixmer & McCarthy of 2005 in Brazil, I spoke to Douglas about the times when he was part of Nitzer Ebb. He confessed that they were deeply influenced by other forms of art in their origins, such as John Hartman’s photomontages (for example the historical one of the family eating guns, an manifest against Goebbel’s speeches) – but not only him: George Grösz caricatures denouncing the fragile structure of the Weimar Republic and the extremism in the German society are references too, as well as Max Ernst’s paintings, another icon of the Expressionist movement.
Doug and Bon Harris started in the very beginning of the eighties with rudimental equipment, working on these so called experimental-early industrial sounds, just like did Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle. Since 1982, they started to compose their essential tunes and to perform their live-acts making a huge impact on the scene through songs like “Join In The Chant” and “Let Your Body Learn”. The band wouldn’t release any vinyl before 1984, though their main compositions occurred from 1982 to the two subsequent years.


March 27, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
A brilliant group. In time when Front 242 or Die Krupps sacrificed originality for pretentiousness, Nitzer Ebb at least admitted they had outgrown their electro-body music environment. Since 'Big Hit', their more guitar-orientated work, NE disappeared - the memory however was kept alive, not only by the fans who put the group's records on 'repeat', a series of excellent remixes helped it also. True originators of sound that merges furious energy and raw power. Equally sexy and repulsively devastating music, driven by sincerity in Douglas McCarthy's screaming paroles and mechanical twists in Bon Harris' drumming sequences. All of their albums are essential so there's no point of choosing anything particular. Just join - in the chant, of course...

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