Blixa Bargeld (born Christian Emmerich in Berlin on January 12, 1959) is probably best known as a founding member of the German group Einsturzende Neubauten and the idiosyncratic guitarist in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. While these have been his principle outlets for the majority of his career, he has been involved in numerous musical, theatrical, spoken word, and film projects as well.
Inspired by the dada-influenced Die Geniale Dilletanten movement and the spirit of punk rock, Bargeld founded Einsturzende Neubauten (meaning “collapsing” or “imploding new buildings”) in 1980, while in his late teens. The original lineup included N.U. Unruh, Gunrud Gut, and Beate Bartel. In an unanticipated twist of fate, Unruh (Andrew Chudy) was forced to sell his drums for money after the band’s initial shows. Assembled in its place was a piecemeal metal construction. Thus began an interest in found objects as instruments, the most essential element in the early Neubauten sound. On stage and… read more