:Feature: 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time – # 40 – # 21
By: David Schock Vice -President, A&R, Show Promoter and Dj at WTII Records
Here is part two of the 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time featuring songs 60 through 41.
For information of the project and scoring, visit David’s article here.
For part one (songs 101 – 81) of the list click here.
For part two (songs 80 – 61) of the list click here.
For part three (songs 60 – 41) of the list click here.
40 – Front 242 – Tragedy â–¶For Youâ—€ (1172.5/19/96) – The lead single of theÂ quintessential EBM group’s 1990 album Tyranny â–¶For Youâ—€ the track and album were another step forward in the Belgian’s careers.
Of all the Front 242 to singles and albums up to this point,Â Â Tyranny â–¶For Youâ—€, and this track made me a Front 242Â disciple. Â From the opening bass line to the hidden tracks at the end, this album was a masterpiece of EBM/Industrial and I wore out several cassette copies of it before finnaly getting a CD Player in my car. – William Dashiell Hammett, Senior Editor COMA Music Magazine
39 – Chemlab – Suicide Jag (1175/14/100) -Â 1993 saw the release of Burn Out at the Hydrogen Bar, from the Fifth Colvmn Records group Chemlab. Â The bandâ€™s debut album, Burn Out contained the songs â€œSuicide Jagâ€ and â€œCodeine, Glue and Youâ€.
38 – Einsturzende Neubauten – YÃ¼-Gung (FÃ¼tter mein Ego) (1178/17/100) – Released in 1985 as the single for their album Halber Mensch, Neubauten showed a wider artistic range on this release, incorporating elements of electronic dance music. The single, and some version of the CD release, included a remix from legendary producer Adrian Sherwood.
37 – Skinny Puppy – Testure (1186/19/100) Â -Â Appearing on their album VIVIsectVI, released in 1988, The single “Testure” (which denounced the vivisection of animals for research purposes) reached #19 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1989. A music video was produced for “Testure”, featuring footage of a man being tortured by monstrous-looking surgeons, augmented with clips from The Plague Dogs and Unnecessary Fuss, and included a statement denouncing vivisection.
VIVIsectVI was the first Skinny Puppy cassette I ever bought. I found it at a local thrift store when I was 13. Have been addicted ever since. – Tiffany Angeney – COMA Music Magazine Contributor
36 – PTP – Rubber Glove Seduction (1192/20/95) – PTP, an abbreviation for Programming the Psychodrill, was another of the revered side-projects of Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen. PTP’s legacy consists of three songs with this track perhaps being best.Â Â “Rubber Glove Seduction”, with Chris Connelly on vocals, was the second song recorded under the PTP moniker. As was typical of many of Jourgensen’s side projects, the member took on pseudonyms: Connelly was $corpio, Jourgensen was Alien Dog Star and Paul Barker Frenchie l’Amour.
35 – Skinny Puppy – Smothered Hope (1239/16/100) -Â The songs “Smothered Hope”, “Glass Houses”, “Far Too Frail” and “Glass Out” contain various samples from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 film Shadow of a Doubt â€“ “The world’s a hell. What does it matter what happens in it?” Random Fact: This song has been covered by Ministry under the title “Smothered Hope”.
A lament of life and monotony, the odd contrast of melodious synth work and sneering vocals put Skinny Puppy on the map as a remarkable industrial outfit. – Zander Buell, COMA Music Magazine Contributor
34 – Fad Gadget – Collapsing New People(1258/19/98) -Â Released in 1983, Collapsing New People was the first single off Fad Gadgetâ€™s final album, Gag. The song was a collaboration with Einsturzende Neubauten (whose name, incidentally, means â€œcollapsing new buildingsâ€). It was also featuredÂ in the film adapation of Sven Regenerâ€™s Herr Lehmann (Berlin Blues in the US).
33 – Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag (1276/19/100) -Â Cabaret Voltaireâ€™s â€œNag Nag Nagâ€ was released as a single shortly after their signing to Rough Trade Records in 1978. Â The influential and in(famous) London club founded by by veteran DJ, promoter and musician Jonny Slut was named for this track. The single was re-released – decades later â€“ in 2002.
32 – Stromkern – Night Riders (1306/25/96) – From the EP follow up to his 1999 full-length debut Dammerung Im Traum, Ned Kirby scored high with this drivingÂ blend of electronic music and hip-hop.
31 – Covenant – Dead Stars (1315/21/98) – Covenant’s Metropolis Records release, United States of Mind, was released in the year 2000. The dancefloor classic â€œDead Starsâ€ was featured here, and on a limited box set of the album with Travelogue.
Many will complain of this being over played but step back and listen and you will realize why it is as such. Well crafted, catchy and what a damn great sing along track. The perky synth lines in the middle of the song always will make my head shift from right to left to right. Good times. – DeVico, COMA Music Magazine Contributor
30 – Apoptygma Berzerk – Non-Stop Violence (1360.5/25/98) -Â In 1996, Norwegian Futurepop group Apoptygma Berzerk (known by many as ‘A-pop’) released their sophomore album 7, which contained the song â€œNon-Stop Violenceâ€. Â 7 has been remastered and re-released in this century, giving the track a couple of opportunities at a new life.
29 – Ministry – Thieves (1379/21/99) – The first track on 1989′s A Mind Is A Terrible Thing to WasteÂ signaledÂ aÂ more hardcore, aggressively guitar-driven direction for the Chicago based outfit.
This song scared the shit out of me when I first listened to it two decades ago. Â This, to me, represents industrial’s gold standard–it’s a jagged, thrashing, hulking mess of industrial hell. Â With apologies to Combichrist, THIS is the shit that will REALLY fuck you up. Â If I could write something a tenth as good I’d die happy. -Â Matt Fanale, Caustic
28 – Acumen Nation – Gun Lover (1440/27/97) -Â Years before legal dispute that made them change their name (adding the word ‘Nation’), the band released their track â€œGun Loverâ€ on Transmissions from Eville, on Robot Records. Â The album was released again after some considerable alterations on Fifth Colvmn Records. Â Post-name-change, in 1998, Acumen Nation’s Transmissions from Eville (including â€œGun Loverâ€) was again released on a remastered version for Conscience Records.
27 – Ministry – Everyday is Halloween (1462/20/100) – Released in 1984 as a 12″ single, â€œEvery Day Is Halloweenâ€ signalled a departure from the early new wave sound of Ministry. The song questions the intolerance that others had with the goth subculture at the time. Originally released by Wax Trax, it was also available on the 1987 Ministry release: Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984).
26 – Pigface – Sick/Asp/Fuck (1509/23/92) – The industrial rock supergroup formed in 1990 when Martin Atkins and William Rieflin recruited several of their tourmates from The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste tour. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians. “Sick/Asp/Fuck” appeared on the 1995 album Feels Like Heaven.
What can you say about the industrial supergroup Pigface that hasnâ€™t been said already? Â If you donâ€™t know the backstory, Martin Atkins was drumming for Ministry on the In Case You Didnâ€™t Feel Like Showing Up Live tour and got sick of playing other peoples music and wanted to put a project together utilizing the talents on that tour. Â It just so happened that Ogre was on that tour as well as KMFDMâ€¦ and BAMB we get GUB. Â One time I was hanging out with Martin Atkins and I asked him about making money and selling out and he said to me in his Martin voice â€œIf I wanted to get rich quick Iâ€™d put Trentâ€™s face on the cover of Gub.â€ Â Plus Martin once saved my life after a very angry man tried to hurt me in an alley in Minneapolis, Martin needed to then be rescued by Charles Levi and Jared Louche. Â Talk about crazy nights. – Gabe Wilkinson â€“ Microwaved/COMA Music Magazine Contributor
25 – Nitzer Ebb – Murderous (1518/21/100) – Released in 1986 on Power of Voice Communications before the group signed with Mute Records, “Murderous” helped cement Nitzer Ebb as EBM mainstays
24 – Chemlab – Codeine Glue and You (1536/23/97) – Released in 1993 on Fifth Colvmn Records, Burn Out at the Hydrogen Bar was the debut album from artist Chemlab. â€œCodeine, Glue and Youâ€, graced this release with its presence, and the â€œScorched Remixâ€ did the same on their Y2K EP, Suture.
I remember back when I was first getting into industrial and eager to check out some videos. The video for Codine, Glue and You was one of the first videos I found online and it was in a horrible format playable only by a program called ThrottleBox. And while the video is a bit on the silly side, I still love it and consider the track one of my favorites from Chemlab. – J Ward – Founder, COMA Music Magazine
23 – KMFDM- Juke Joint Jezebel (1611/26/96) -Â Appearing on 8th KMFDM’s album Nihil, JJJ is easily KMFDM’s most wellÂ known song. It also appeared on the soundtrack for the films Bad BoysÂ and Mortal Kombat which, no doubt, helped it become the first KMFDMÂ song to garner commercial radio airplay in the US, with stations suchÂ as the now defunct WDRE/WLIR in NY adding it to their playlists in theÂ mid 90′s.
Quite possibly the silliest track ever to bear the KMFDM name, it nonetheless became a small ‘hit’ and was featured in several movies, i.e BAD BOYS, MORTAL KOMBAT.Â -Â Sascha Konietzko (KÃ¤pt’n K) – KMFDM
22 – Combichrist – This Shit will Fuck You Up (1636/29/98) – Featured on 2005′s album Everybody Hates You, Combichrist’s â€œThis Shit Will Fuck You Upâ€ was released upon the masses. This Metropolis artist’s song is characterized by what can best be described as a female computer’s vocal samples seducing the listener.
My daughter first saw Combichrist when she was almost 9… they were in Sacramento and she was perched on the steps that led to the stage… Andy was in Heath Ledger Joker make-up and she thought it was “cute that he was trying to be scary”. She sang along to the songs she knew, including into the mic during the chorus of this song… after the show security asked if we could stay because “the band would like to meet my daughter”. We stayed and she was signed by Andy and Joey, then she signed them… fast forward 9 months… San Francisco… DNA Lounge…She spent the evening on the stairs, like she usually does… She gave the band chocolate chip cookies and it was Joey’s birthday (she later sang Happy Fucking Birthday to him)… “This Shit Will Fuck You Up” was the last song… he brought Matea on stage and she led the crowd in the chant… and then Andy sent her crowdsurfing… he realized that was perhaps… ill-dvised… he apologized about 6 times after the show! she returned to her perch on the stage and sang along a few more choruses… after the show we spent some time with the band backstage before taking a very sleepy Matea home…-Drln Niki Nicosia, DJ and COMA Music Magazine Contributor
21 – Pop Will Eat Itself – Ich Bin Ein Auslander (1639/27/96)- A single released in 1994 from the album Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. The song peaked at #28 on the UK Singles Chart in 1994.
I am an outsider, isnâ€™t that the theme of pretty much everyone that listens to our music? This could easily be the theme song of every one of us that walks into one of those places (like a church) that we feel the need to step back quickly and get out of the way. Ah the Poppies. Again, another band whoâ€™s influence is super far reaching. The Poppies combined many many many different genres to get their sound from the hip hop like sampling of The Twilight Zone to the metal industrial and punk feel of Dos Dedos Mis Amigos. Youâ€™ll be hard pressed to find someone in the scene who doesnâ€™t have a favorite Poppies song. – Gabe Wilkinson â€“ Microwaved/COMA Music Magazine Contributor