:Feature: 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time – # 80 – # 61

:Feature: 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time – # 80 – # 61

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 80 through 61.

For information of the project and scoring, visit David’s article here.

For part one (songs 101 – 81) of the list click here.

80 – Skinny Puppy – Tin Omen (792/13/99) - For Skinny Puppy’s fifth album, Rabies, released in 1989, Jourgensen joined Rave as producer and also contributed both guitar and backing vocals . The song name is a reference to the 1989 Tiananmen uprising and massacre in China and the lyric include references to the My Lai massacre of 1968 and the Kent State shootings of 1970.   The song also features the sample “All good people are asleep and dreaming” from The Outer Limits: “Keeper of the Purple Twilight” (TV, 1964)

79 – Rammstein – Du Hast (797/18/90) – Easily one of the Neue Deutsche Härte group’s most recognized songs, the title is a play on the German language homophones “hast” and “hasst” (“have” and “hate” respectfully). The lyrics are also a play on the traditional German marriage vows, but really, what the actually words mean is unimportant.  The shear power of the vocals and the aggressiveness of the guitar riff carry this track to heights unobtainable by many artist.  As shown in the video, when performed live, this track allows Till Lindermann to dominate with his stage presence without singing a word.

78 – Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs (801.5/12/100) - Was actually the first single off The Downward Spiral than the track Closer which most people are familiar with. According to the CD Single, it has a BPM of 269. The US single includes two remixes, Reptilian and Underneath The Skin, by Dave Dave Ogilvie.

Industrial is typically associated with noisy things, and a noisy thing is exactly what March of the Pigs is. This noisy hit is replete with distorted vocals atop thick fuzzy guitars and chaotic drums. The abrupt transition from a hectic clusterfuck to a peaceful piano jazz jam leaves listeners trying to figure out what the hell is going on. – Zander Buel, Contributor COMA Music Magazine

77 - Stromkern - Stand Up (803/21/86) – “Stand Up” was the first single from the Madison, Wisconson based industrial/hip hop project from Ned Kirby album Light It Up.  Released in 2005, the single was released by Dependent in Europe and with a different track listing in the US by WTII Records LLC.

76 – Ministry – N.W.O. (816/13/100) – Released in July 1992 as the second single from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs the song features samples of George H. W. Bush and was used in the Ralph Bakshi half-live action/half-animated film Cool World. It is front man Al Jourgensen’s critical take on the state of world affairs after the Gulf War and the end of the Cold War and an uncertain future.

75 – Coil – Love’s Secret Domain(834/14/99) – The title track from one of their best known albums, this track and album marked a transition in the bands sound from the harsh edged industrial of earlier works to a more melodic and layered sound.  Released by Wax Trax! group in 1991, this track apparently has an video that was never released due to content that includes Coil co-founder John Balance performing in a Bangkok go-go boy club with 20-30 dancing boys.

COIL to me especially Horse Rotovator and Love’s Secret Domain are examples of perfect albums and these three songs sum it up perfectly. The idea that Sleazy and Jhon Balance were trying to create an acid dance record when they wrote Love’s Secret Domain proves that they were beyond innovation and without match at the top of their game. As their time went on together their output while still coming out at a break neck speed got less and less consider with traditional song structure or even the use of melodies or harmonies but experiences in texture and sonics. It’s a tragedy that both of these brilliant men were taken from us way too early in their lives. – Gabe Wilkinson – Microwaved/COMA Music Magazine Contributor

74 – Cubanate – Body Burn (836/21/77) – Released in 1993 as the first single from the UK Group’s debut album Antimatter the track was Single of the Week in UK rock weekly Kerrang! as well as appearing in a episode from the last season of the HBO series The Sopranos.

73 – X Marks the Pedwalk – Facer(845/15/100) – “Facer” was the last official single from the German group before André Schmechta set out on a career change and sold T.G.I.F. studios until the groups reunion in 2009.  The track marked a change in the musical style of X Marks the Pedwalk, becoming less harsh and incorporated more elements of electronic body music.  It is considered by many to be one of the groups best songs.

72 – Rotersand – Exterminate Annihilate Destroy (870/20/89) – From the Industrial Pop group’s second album Welcome to Goodbye released in 2005, the track as well as the album both reached number 1 on the Deutsche Alternative Charts.

71 – Haujobb – Eye Over You (880/16/98) – From the album 1993 Homes & Gardens the single was released in May 1994.  The song from the trio of Daniel Myer, Dejan Samardzic, and Björn Junemann was considered an EBM classic from an album that was heavily influenced by Skinny Puppy.

70 – Front Line Assembly – Plasticity (887/14/95) – Released in August 1995 as an EP, “Plasticity” is considered by many to be one of the quintessential FLA tracks.  The track foreshadows the dense, dark sounds of Hard Wired and the dance oriented sound of [FLA]vour of the Weak.

FLA have released some wicked tunes, yet this is probably the strongest example of their craft in mixing aggression, danceability and amazing synthetized lines. – Davide Mazza – Blank

“Plasticity” was an odd one because it came out during the Hardwired era, which was Frontline’s biggest time, but strangely never went on the album Hardwired but just as a single release and arguable became our biggest club hit. Strange song as well for it was one of those songs that took almost no time to make yet turned into a classic. Strange how music works in that way. – Bill Leeb Front Line Assembly


69 – Ministry – Just one Fix (889/14/99) – The second single from the album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs was released in January 1993 the song features samples from the iconic biopic Sid and Nancy as well as a sample of Frank Sinatra reciting “Just One Fix” from the movie The Man With The Golden Arm.

68 – Snog – Corporate Slave (893/15/92) – The debut release from the prolific Australian project of  David Thrussell with Tim McGrath and Julia Bourke before they left in 1997.

67 – Laibach – Tanz Mit Laibach (894/17/90) – The lead single from the more totalitarian than totalitarian Slovenian music group’s 2003 album WAT, “Tanz mit Laibach” is probably one of the groups most accessible tracks. While not nearly as tongue in cheek as “Opus Die”/”Leben heißt Leben” or the many songs the group has reworked, the tracks message of freedom and power of the individual, the unity of humankind and an utopian globalism are decidedly shrouded in an ambiguity quite obviously intended, in typical Laibach fashion.

66 – Nitzer Ebb – Control I’m Here (895/14/98) - Preceding 1989’s Belief, “Control I’m Here” instantly became a classic club track.  Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy stated intent 1988 when recording Belief was to produce the perfect electronic album and the majority of critics agreed they accomplished that feat.  Rolling Stone heralded the video for “Control I’m Here” as one of “the most harshly industrial visuals of the year” in a music video.

65 – Doubting Thomas – Father Don’t Cry(900/16/89) – Doubting Thomas was the side project of two members of Skinny Puppy: cEvin Key and the late Dwayne Goettel.  The track was the first release from the group and appeared on the 1991 debut full-length The Infidel.

 I tend to drift towards the Puppy side projects just as much as the Ministry side projects and this one is total class as well.  Father Don’t Cry from the album The Infidel is just goose bump worthy.  Haunting, jarring and altogether engrossing.  Some of the best electronic music ever committed to tape.  In fact if you don’t’ have this record picking it up would be very high on my list of things to do with your life.  – Gabe Wilkinson – Microwaved/COMA Music Magazine Contributor

64 – Kraftwerk – The Robots(901/13/98) - Originally released in 1978 as “Die Roboter”. The song is about the revolutionary advancement in robotics and humans can use them.  When performed live, the band is usually replaced by robot versions of themselves.

Formed in the early 1970s, Kraftwerk are the original pioneers of electronic music.  Easily one of the most influential electronic bands of all time, Kraftwerk are in a class all of there own.  Probably one of the biggest travesties off all time commited by the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” was their being passed over for induction after their 2003 nomination.  – William Dashiell Hammett, Senior Editor COMA Music Magazine.

63 – Gruesome Twosome – Hallucination Generation(904/16/98) - The Gruesome Twosome was a collaboration between Minimal Compact’s Samy Birnbach (as Lord Solomon Pearbrook) and Norwegian producer Per Martinsen.”Hallucination Generation” was the groups debut release in 1989 and became a cult dance hit in the United States and was part of a new industrial music sub-genre known as new beat.

62 – Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (905/12/99) - “Sensoria”, by Cabaret Voltaire, was the last track on the 1984 album Micro-Phonies, and was also issued as a single release in 1984.  The then Some Bizarre and Virgin Records artist made an impression on the UK Indie charts reaching #96 with this track.

61 – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Days of Swine and Roses (918/16/88) – The second track on the album Confessions of a Knife, this track help propel the album to become one of the best-selling releases on Wax Trax!, and continued to goad parental as well as religious groups who balked at the group’s overtly occult imagery in both the music and the artwork of the releases.

I wore this vinyl out to the point the clicks and pops were more than the actual beats. It was the last decade plus for the 20th century and this was the best exit ever (plus a great making out album). – DeVico, COMA Music Magazine Contributor

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