All Songs written & arranged By Blixa Bargeld, Mark Chung, F. M. Einheit, Alexander Hacke & N. U. Unruh. Yes, songs. Some nearly danceable. Hard-core fans may not want to bite but I sure do. And this feast sounds as good as it swallows leaving one desirous yet delighted.
This strikes me as a “see, we can do this too” record mixing N.U. Unruh’s “special instruments” with plenty of klang and stomp and feedback but in song-form with most sung in German which is as big a fist in the face of commerce as a song with lyrics can be. Anita Lane helped out with the lyrics and vocals on “Blume” which is positively entrancing and represents one of those “holy shit” moments at a Monkeyhaus past, holding us silent and still in our seats. Rapt in darkness.
Lyrics are provided in English on the inside:
Die Interimsliebenden (track 1, side 1) [The Interimlovers] an excerpt:
In the space of just one slipped beat of the tongue
there is a big bang and total entropy
from red giants to white dwarfs
the whole scale
of cosmic dimensions are falling
out of my mouth
in the description of a kiss
of the interimlovers
of the iterimlovers
between the microphone and macrocosm
between chaos and on no course
between plankton and philosophia
between semtek and utopia
there they are
Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Sickeningly sweet, overripe, hard and driving, dark and wicked Tabula Rasa is a sensual treat not quite like any other. Recorded in 1990-1992 released 1993 on Mute/Rough Trade.