Nitzer Ebb – The Later Years (90’s and Beyond)

Seeing that we are now in the 90’s in terms of blog timescale I can now share you the rest of these twelves Mike sent over months ago.

Having been into the band since the mid 80’s when I started to listen to a lot of industrial and EBM. The Ebb’s had been releasing their own stuff on their own label as far back as ’83. Obviously heavily influenced by DAF and created “Funk Aggression”, the 90’s showed them expanding their sound to a more EMO metal style.

Lightning Man / Shame (US 12″)

From the Flood produced “Showtime” this was a minor hit in the States. Dark Electro swing that uses a similar bassline to Depeche Mode’s “World In My Eyes”. The 2 mixes of Lightning Man here were released as the limited edition twelve in the UK. Daniel Miller and Paul Kendall add some old synth sounds to the original on their “The Industry Vs. The Ebb Mix” Renegade Sound Wave toughens the track up with hypnotic use of beats and removing nearly all of the vocals.  As a bonus for US fans you get 2 mixes “Shame” one by William Orbit (Shameless) and the other by Daniel Miller (Painful Emotion). Both were released as Mix 1 and Mix 2 respectively in the UK. Orbit’s mix still does the business.

This reminds me I’ll have to dig out the normal UK 12″ where ever it has gone to. (Oh, it’s up next!!)


Geffen Records ‎– 9 21465-0lightning

A1 Lightning Man (The Industry Vs. The Ebb Mix) 6:35
A2 Lightning Man (RSW Mix) 5:05
B1 Shame (The Shameless Mix) 5:49
B2 Shame (The Painful Emotion Mix) 5:30
B3 Lightning Man (7″ Mix) 4:58

Lightning Man (UK 12″)

So a different mix again from Flood and the definite version for me as McCarthy tells us his sinister tale. Holger Hiller mixes the B-side “Who We Are” and that lovely bass with insect like percussion, I’m getting a bit of Bauhaus on this.


Mute ‎– 12MUTE106SAM_7945

A Lightning Man
B Who We Are

Get Clean (UK 12″)

I remember picking this up back in ’93 and thinking it was a much earlier release. Released not on Mute but their own Power Of Voice Communications label it is a harks back to their early days, being built on a simple 8-note sequence. The B-side is exactly what it says – no drums but plenty of trippy sequencers and dub effects and plenty of simulated sexual breathing!!!!


Power Of Voice Communications ‎– neb 6ebb

A Get Clean 5:15
B Get Clean (Raw Sex Without Rhythm) 5:15

I Thought (UK 12″)

In 1995 they released “Big Hit” and discovered guitars. “I Thought” showcases this new rockier sound that shocked long standing fans. A bit of revamp from the album version, the single mix was done by Mark Saunders who adds beats and electronica to the sparse LP version which is already on here. Barry Adamson and Paul Kendall mess around with it on their “Sucked In Sucked Out” version, keeping the quiet start of the album version but swirling everything around and exclusive to this 12.” “Cherry Blossom” is entirely acoustic with almost soulful vocals by McCarthy.


Mute ‎– 12mute164thought

A1 I Thought (Single Mix) 3:46
A2 I Thought (Sucked In Sucked Out) 6:45
B1 Cherry Blossom (Original Version) 2:34
B2 I Thought (LP Version) 5:15

Kick It (US Promo 12″)

Not a bad track at all and obviously trying to copy the sound of rockier Depeche Mode at the time. A crossover of metal guitar and beats. Some interesting guest mixers with the likes of Adrian Sherwood and Kris Needs. Sherwood surprisingly goes easier on the drums and concentrates on more of a funk groove. His Compulsion edit more experimental and ON-U-Sound like with plenty of dub effects. Kris Needs turns it into a DM stomp fest and turning into nearly a completely different song!

Still like Paul Kendall’s “Logical Edit” a good blend of guitar and electronics.


Geffen Records ‎– PRO-A-4721kick

A1 Kick It (Adrian Sherwood-Main Mix) 3:44
A2 Kick It (Adrian Sherwood-Compulsion Edit) 4:52
B1 Kick It (Kris Needs-The Secret Knowledge Velvet DM’s Mix) 7:17
B2 Kick It (PK-Logical Edit) 6:19

Let Your Body Learn / Control I’m Here (Original & Remixes 2 x UK 12″)

Vinyl recordings from 2000’s !!! So another gem from Mike with the original remixes of “Let Your Body Learn” by Terence Fixmer (McCarthy was working with him at the time) keeping it similar to the original but adding some more techno influences. (It is there but Mike has tagged it as “Control I’m Here”) The Hacker (Michel Amato) keeps quite faithful to the original with louder drums.



NovaMute ‎– 12nomu95SAM_7811

A Let Your Body Learn (Terence Fixmer Remix) 6:22
AA Control I’m Here (The Hacker Remix) 6:44


Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Remixes) (UK 12″)

Superchumbo (Tom Stephan) gives this classic an update with this release from 2006. Giving it more of a Hard House vibe, interesting and probably the best mix of it.

Both are twelves are here;



NovaMute ‎– 12nomu171control

A Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Mix)
AA Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Dub)

13 thoughts on “Nitzer Ebb – The Later Years (90’s and Beyond)”

  1. Fine collection of Nitzer Ebb cuts. Thanks.
    PS: Let Your Body Learn / Control I’m Here (Original & Remixes 2 x UK 12″) has no link.

  2. I feel slightly ashamed to not have gotten into Nitzer Ebb before. Some of these remind me heavily of DM, but I’m sure they’ve got their own voice. I was never a fan of Control I’m Here, but some of these are terrific – I’m going to have to give them another go. Thanks!

  3. MUTE records all share a certain familiar production quality, dont you think? I find it amusing that other acts on the same label help out on the remixing.

  4. Any chance you could re-up the UK Lightning Man 12″? Please… and Thanks so much! Absolute pleasure to listen to records that are on my shelf without access to turntable.

  5. Please, you can upload the links of these discs again, thank you very much and it is an excellent page !!, greetings from Argentina. Flavio

  6. Thank you very much for re-uploading the links !!, although links are missing Let Your Body Learn / Control I’m Here (Original & Remixes 2 x UK 12″) and Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Remixes) (UK 12″).
    greetings from Argentina.

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