Industrial Strength Machine Music: Framework of Industrial Rock 1978-1995

Industrial Strength Machine Music: Framework of Industrial Rock 1978-1995

     
 

Long before Trent Reznor, Ministry, and Korn infused industrial dance music with the kind of rock 'n' roll dynamics and teen-angst histrionics that helped it register with Midwestern misfits, it was punk rock's evil little brother tearing through the Anglo-disco underground reeking hellish havoc. And now the good people at Alternative Press -- for years, avid… See more details below

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Long before Trent Reznor, Ministry, and Korn infused industrial dance music with the kind of rock 'n' roll dynamics and teen-angst histrionics that helped it register with Midwestern misfits, it was punk rock's evil little brother tearing through the Anglo-disco underground reeking hellish havoc. And now the good people at Alternative Press -- for years, avid supporters of industrial music -- have put together a primer that follows the music's course from its frightening post-punk origins to its glorious '90s ascendance. Your pleasant journey through the deepest, darkest dungeons of our rock 'n' roll soul begins with classic moments from the past -- the minimalist antimusic of original industrialists Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire's arty, post-Wire extremism, and Einstürzende Neubauten's metallic pummel -- and hits its stride with recent stars like Meat Beat Manifesto, KMFDM, Ministry, and finally Nine Inch Nails, who deliver an undeniably adrenalinized live version of "Gave Up." What evolves is a history of techno-noise that, at its snarling, clamoring, blood-numbing, speaker-melting best, provides a freaky funhouse mirror for a harsh, heartless world. And you just can't get that from Celine Dion. At least not intentionally.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's AP presents Industrial Strength Machine Music: Framework of Industrial Rock 1978-1995, with 16 tracks from the heyday of industrial, when the music was part of the underground and progressing at a rapid speed. Actually, the title is a bit misleading, since the disc doesn't contain all that much from the late '70s, or even the mid-'90s -- it concentrates on the salad days of the late '80s and early '90s, when the music ruled college airwaves. Any industrial fan or anyone who followed college radio during those days will recognize many of the names here -- Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil, Einsturzende Neubauten, Skinny Puppy, Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel, Front 242, Clock DVA, Meat Beat Manifesto, Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Nine Inch Nails. Most of the groups are represented by their most familiar material and when they're not, such as the previously unreleased RevCo cover of "Physical" or the previously unreleased live version of NIN's "Gave Up," they're sops to collectors who already have all this material in their collection. Does that mean that Industrial Strength Machine Music is only for collectors? Hardly. As a matter of fact, there are probably enough rarities here to make it truly of interest to them, but for casual fans or neophytes, this is a good basic primer. Sure, it might have been nicer to have "Head Like a Hole" instead of "Gave Up," but that's only one minor flaw in an otherwise strong collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227593322
catalogNumber:
75933

Tracks

  1. Hamburger Lady  -  Throbbing Gristle
  2. Nag Nag Nag  -  Cabaret Voltaire
  3. Out out Out  -  NON
  4. Panic  -  Coil
  5. Kick to Kill  -  Test Dept.
  6. Yü-Gung  -  Einstürzende Neubauten
  7. Anything (Viva!)  -  Scraping Foetus off the Wheel
  8. Dig It  -  Skinny Puppy
  9. Funkahdafi  -  Front 242
  10. The Hacker  -  Clock DVA
  11. Psyche Out  -  Meat Beat Manifesto
  12. Stigmata  -  Ministry
  13. Godlike-Doglike  -  KMFDM
  14. Kooler THan Jesus  -  My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
  15. (Let's Get) Physical  -  Revolting Cocks
  16. Gave Up  -  Nine Inch Nails

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cabaret Voltaire   Track Performer
Clock DVA   Track Performer
Coil   Track Performer
Einstürzende Neubauten   Track Performer
Ministry   Track Performer
Nine Inch Nails   Track Performer
Skinny Puppy   Track Performer
Test Dept.   Track Performer
Throbbing Gristle   Track Performer
Front 242   Track Performer
KMFDM   Track Performer
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult   Track Performer
Meat Beat Manifesto   Track Performer
NON   Track Performer
Revolting Cocks   Track Performer
Scraping Foetus off the Wheel   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Barker   Composer
En Esch   Composer
Bill Inglot   Remastering
Sascha Konietzko   Composer
Terry Shaddick   Composer
Christine Ostrander   Compilation Assistant
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Dave Schultz   Remastering
Sevie Bates   Art Direction
Eric Kayser   Producer,Liner Notes
Günter Schulz   Composer
Andy Wombwell   Compilation Assistant
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Christopher Benton   Art Direction
Jason Pettigrew   Producer,Liner Notes
Mike Shea   Producer

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