Boomkat Product Review:
'Body of Work' is the long awaited retrospective collection from electro-punk Gods Nitzer Ebb. Debuting in 1984, the band's influence is hard to over-emphasise, counting Depeche Mode, Richie Hawtin, and Nine Inch Nails among their countless devotees.
Nitzer Ebb began in Chelmsford, Essex in 1982, caught the ear of PWL producer Phil Harding in 1985 and soon after recorded two killer tracks: ‘Let Your Body Learn’ and ‘Warsaw Ghetto’. They came to the attention of Daniel Miller and recorded the classic proto-Balearic techno album ‘That Total Age’ (Mute, 1987), featuring classic tracks ‘Murderous’, ‘Join In The Chant’ and ‘Let Your Body Learn’. The album was followed by four more towering sonic and design classics ‘Belief’, ‘Showtime’, ‘Ebbhead’ and ‘Big Hit’.
Nitzer Ebb went on to sell over 100,000 records in the States alone, touring with Depeche Mode and influence pioneering DJs and producers such as Richie Hawtin, Darren Emerson, Sven Väth, Helena Hauff, Objekt, DJ Hell, Tom Stephan and Danny Tenaglia as well as bands such as Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails. They split in 1995, performing rarely after that dateand in 2010 released the album ‘Industrial Complex’.
Nitzer Ebb's proto-industrialism was constructed in such a raw, uncompromising way that listening to it now it has stood the test of time with a remarkable show of self restraint despite all the grandeur behind the cacophony at play. 'Join in the Chant', which is included on this record, is probably their most recognisable work and is still apparently a much loved Ibiza tune...go figure!