Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 12th January!
Happy birthday to Mr. Christian Emmerich alias Blixa Bargeld, who was born on the 12th January 1959 in Berlin, Germany. Blixa became famous with his band Einstürzende Neubauten and as a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Beside his work as a musician, he is also well known as a performance artist, writer and actor.
Bargeld left school without completing and started to teaching himself in music – especially in experimenting with all kind of equipments. In 1980 he founded his industrial-experimental band Einstürzende Neubauten („Collapsing New-Buildings“) in West Berlin. Beside Bargeld (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), the line-up consists of Alexander Hacke (bass, guitar, vocals), N.U. Unruh (custom-made instruments, percussion, vocals), Jochen Arbeit (guitar and vocals) and Rudolf Moser (custom-built instruments, percussion, and vocals). On the 1st April 1980, the first performance took place at the Moon Club in Berlin. The line-up at that time featured Bargeld, N.U. Unruh, Beate Bartel and Gudrun Gut. One year later, the debut album „Kollaps“ („Collapse“) was released.
Blixa Bargeld became in 1983 also a member of The Bad Seeds, the backing band of Nick Cave – he stayed for twenty years, before leaving in 2003, because of focusing on his own band. With Einstürzende Neubauten, Blixa Bargeld recorded many albums all over the past 30 years. The latest release is called „Lament“ (2014). Blixa’s unique guitar style can also be heard on all Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds studio albums from 1984 until 2003.
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