Mittageisen | 1981-1986 Remastered

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1981-1986 Remastered

by Mittageisen

The tracks mixing the emerging Gothic sounds of the Banshees, Bauhaus and the Cure with the sparse electro of Kraftwerk. In general, it's slow, dark and morose with droning guitars and vocals, under-pinned by a sharp electro beat.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Post-Punk
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1. Anfang mittageisen
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2. Persistance De La Memoire mittageisen
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3. Wir mittageisen
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4. Traum mittageisen
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5. Dunkelheit mittageisen
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6. Erinnerung mittageisen
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7. 237 Tage mittageisen
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8. Danach mittageisen
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9. Unverstaendnis mittageisen
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10. Automaten mittageisen
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11. Neues China mittageisen
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12. Automaten (Radio Edit) mittageisen
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13. Neuer Tag mittageisen
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14. Unterwegs mittageisen
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15. Bestaendigkeit Der Erinnerung mittageisen
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16. Aragon Libertario mittageisen
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17. Los Solidarios mittageisen
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18. Abschied mittageisen
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19. Stand Der Dinge mittageisen
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The wild 80's in Switzerland were shaped by music of bands, which used the chance - in the upwind of the musical 'culture revolution' of Punk and New Wave. – to create new and independent music. In this extremely creative time developed mittageisen from 1981 their own individual music style and became thereby one of the earliest darkwave/electro Goth bands.

In March 1983 mittageisen published their 1st album, which gave to them extraordinarily positive criticisms. Besides the music the expressive lyrics in german-language made the songs and the group famous.
After various personnel changes mittageisen surprised in January 1985 with the 12” 'automaten' and a new electro sound. The single found the way to the legendary John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 and became an Indie-Disco hit.

This new double CD contains 19 remastered songs, 6 of them previously unreleased, from the years 1981-1986. The two CDs are available in a fold-out digipak-sleeve with the cover-image of the 1.LP and a carefully made 24-page booklet incl. band-fotos and informations about each song.

Detailed information about the group and their music can be found on their website or wikipedia.


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Steve Mecca

Chain D.L.K. (New York)
Well, here’s a new one on me, I thought I’d at least heard OF most all the early goth type new wave bands of the 1980’s even if I hadn’t heard them, but the Swiss outfit mittageisen somehow eluded me. Eldergoths might be familiar with the name “Mittageisen” as a track from the first Siouxsie & the Banshees album. I’m sure this group was far more known in Europe than they ever were in America; but a remastered retrospective of their music 20 years later is an interesting document of a band that seemed to have a lot going for it. There are 19 tracks on this two CD set, 6 of which are previously unreleased. So what is mittageisen’s sound? Well, kind of a blend of what was happening at the time – guitars and synths, Bauhaus, The Cure, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Wall of Voodoo, Ultravox, that kind of thing. The rhythm comes courtesy of a drum machine. Maybe one thing that held them back from becoming a known entity in the U.S. is that they only sing in their native tongue, not English. Apparently they were said to have very expressive lyrics, but that’s lost on most of the American music-buying public, our phobia of foreign language being what it is.
For the most part, the music is set in a dark pop song format. Some tracks exhibit a more experimental tone than others, veering off into oblique sonic terrain. Considering what kind of music was happening at the time, this is pretty interesting stuff. Not earthshaking, but eclectic nonetheless. Very minimal-expressionistic and underground. The kind of cult band that would have been great live on a double bill with a group like Cabaret Voltaire. Apparently in their time they received a fair amount of radio play in Europe, European radio being far more progressive than what it is in the U.S. They even had a dance hit with a song called “automaten” which is on this compilation.
I don’t know if there’s any U.S. distribution for this 2 CD set but it’s well worth checking out. The 2 CD set comes in a tri-fold digipack with a 24 page booklet, band info and photographs as well as song lyrics (in German, I believe, maybe Swiss, not really sure). Nice quirky cover illustration too. Your best bet is to visit the label website (mital-U) and order a copy. When music from a “lost” cult band like this comes along you owe it to yourself to scoop it up as quick as you can because you never know how long it will be around for. Even though you can find the video for “automaten” on YouTube, you’re not going to find this CD on Amazon or iTunes. There were only 500 copies of this limited edition made, so you might not want to dawdle. Recommended!