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Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead

  • Performer: Nitzer Ebb
  • Title: Ebbhead
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Country: US
  • Record source: Cassette, Album
  • Released: 30 Sep 1991
  • Style: EBM
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Cat#: GEFC-24456
  • MP3 album: 2981 mb
  • FLAC album: 2280 mb
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 351
Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead


2Lakeside Drive4:00
3Sugar Sweet
Effects [Vocal Treatments] – Jerry McCarthy Clemance
4Family Man3:58
7I Give To You
Arranged By [Orchestration] – Andrew Poppy
9Trigger Happy4:22


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
cdstumm88Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead ‎(CD, Album)Mutecdstumm88UK1991
GEFD-24456Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead ‎(CD, Album, RE)Geffen Records, Geffen GoldlineGEFD-24456USUnknown
GEFD-24456Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead ‎(CD, Album)Geffen RecordsGEFD-24456Canada1991
cdstumm88, 5016025610884Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead ‎(CD, Album, RE)Mute, Mutecdstumm88, 5016025610884Europe2009
GEFBD-24456, GEBBD 24456Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead ‎(CD, Album, RE)Geffen Records, Geffen RecordsGEFBD-24456, GEBBD 24456CanadaUnknown


  • Artwork [Image Grab]Vertikal
  • Artwork By [Video] – State
  • DesignBon, Douglas, Simon, Steve Garp
  • Drums [Additional], PercussionJulian Beeston
  • EngineerSteve Lyon
  • Engineer [Assistant]Fintan, Stan
  • ProducerAlan Wilder, Flood
  • Typography [Lyric Typeset]Designs
  • VocalsDouglas McCarthy
  • Vocals, Percussion, GuitarBon Harris
  • Written-ByV. Harris, D. McCarthy


Written & programmed at Sync City (London, UK) from January to May 1991. Recorded and mixed at Konk (London, UK) from May to July 1991.

Made in USA.


  • Barcode: 7 2064-24456-4 8


  • Manufactured By – Uni Distribution Corp.
  • Distributed By – Uni Distribution Corp.
  • Recorded At – Konk Studios
  • Mixed At – Konk Studios


Ebbhead is the fourth album of the British EBM group Nitzer Ebb. Co-produced by Depeche Mode's Alan Wilder in collaboration with Flood, it was released by. Формируйте собственную коллекцию записей Nitzer Ebb. This is my favourite Nitzer Ebb album. The sound and the atmosphere are so unique, thanks to Alan Wilder, who was the producer. Ответить Уведомлять о новых ответах 1 Helpful. 23 февраля 2016 г. относится к Ebbhead, Cass, Album, GEFC-24456. Co-produced by Depeche Mode's Alan Wilder in collaboration with Flood, it was released by Mute Records on 30 September 1991. Reasons 4:17. Lakeside Drive 3:59. I Give To You 5:10. Sugar Sweet 3:21. DJVD 4:20. Time 4:53. Ascend 5:19. Godhead 4:29. Trigger Happy 4:22. Family Man Remix - 3:58. Producers: Alan Wilder, Flood. Engineer: Steve Lyon. Mixing: Alan Wilder and Steve Lyon. Nitzer Ebb ˈnaɪtsər ɛb, ˈnɪt- are a British EBM group formed in 1982 by Essex school friends Vaughan Bon Harris programming, synthesizers, drums, vocals, Douglas McCarthy vocals, and David Gooday drums. The group released their demo Basic Pain Procedure in 1983, but it was two years until they met PWL producer Phil Harding, who produced their 1985 debut single Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works and helped them set up their own label, Power Of Voice Communications. The band at the time. Building on the changes evident in Showtime, Ebbhead finds the group - assisted with an extra percussionist and produced by both Flood and longtime boardsman Alan Wilder - bringing their new fascination with more traditional song approaches to greater heights. Douglas McCarthy's lyrics are now much more of a storynarrative kind than the endless commands of the past, while his voice, if still sometimes intentionally strained, shows much greater fluidity and range than before. Album 1991 10 Songs. Nitzer Ebb. Electronic Ebb. Ebbhead, 1991. Reasons, 04:17. Lakeside Drive, 03:57. Listen free to Nitzer Ebb Ebbhead Reasons, Lakeside Drive and more. 10 tracks 44:00. Written & programmed at Sync City London, UK from January to May 1991. Recorded and mixed at Konk London, UK from May to July 1991. Written by D McCarthy and V Harris. Formed in Chelmsford, UK when main protagonists Douglas McCarthy vocals and Bon Harris drums, programming were just 15, Nitzer Ebb cut a dynamic swathe through the electronic music and Balaeric beat scenes of the 1980s and 90s. They were electro-punks before the genre even existed, at a time when The Prodigy were not even a gleam in fellow Essex boy Liam Howlett's eye. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist Sample. If I'm not mistaken, Ebbhead is Ebb's fifth album and they didn't even have an honorable mention once the industrial trend hit the mainstream. Even if that trend only lasted for a few years. Anyhow, Ebbhead picks up where Showtime left off. There is more intriguing, hooky, groovy, slam-bash tuneage throughout the cd. Reasons kicks off the cd, a medium-paced piece with a beat. NITZER EBB - Ebbhead CD Album 1991. EUR . EUR postage. From United Kingdom. Nitzer Ebb - Ebbhead UK - Import. List price Previous priceEUR . 40x60 SUBWAY POSTERNitzer Ebb 1991 Ebbhead Album Bon Harris Douglas McCarthy. From United States


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After years and years of toil out there in the trenches, Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy hit the prime time with their fourth effort 'Ebbhead'.

While their following album would be given an ironic title by the band and a less than kind one by most of the fans, everyone was pretty much on board for what they released in the fall of 1991. A friend of mine and I had seen the 'As Is' ep in a record store window a few months back and had been religiously playing the damn thing non stop since. I think both the Ebb as well as their labels at the time Mute and Geffen knew that this was the hour in which Nitzer Ebb would cross over into the mainstream as far as possible. How else do you explain the massive media blitz, tour and myriad number of singles which followed.

Now it's no small thing to undertake the sort of tour I saw them on over the summer of 1992. Previously they'd only experienced America opening for Depeche Mode on the World Violation tour but now the spotlight bore down on them as headliners; they did not disappoint in the slightest. The bass boomed; Bon, along with Julian Beeston beat the hell out of their drums while Douglas gave it his all. By turns they entertained, enchanted, enraged and enveloped their audience in an atmosphere rich with detail which easily stretched to more than 2 and a half hours. Would an act do this now? God no. Those strobes punctuated the electrically charged theater I was at and the rippling, heavy stage smoke billowed over us; where is the youth? Right here, boys, right here.

I shouldn't leave out their support Ethyl Meatplow who more than held their own on a fraction of stage space. This would have been before MTV picked them up so no one had heard songs like "Devil's Johnson" or "Close To You" yet, never mind a beauty like "Queenie". You could feel the collective chills coursing through the audience when they played "Tommy"... happy days indeed, sweetheart.

Jumping back a bit to the album's release now. Preceded by the single for "I Give To You", this English duo chucked out their previous sound with rapturous abandon. Gone were the jazz influences and straight up stark electronics; if you loved 'That Total Age' then this was a shock to the system. They'd written actual songs on 'Ebbhead' and gotten some fellow named Alan Wilder to produce it. Flood naturally came along for the ride as co-producer but really went mental on their singles, such mixes as I'd never heard out of the band. Their cover of the Stones "Stray Cat Blues" came in not one but three differing versions, each one somehow sleazier than the last.

On the LP tunes like "Sugar Sweet", "Djvd", "Time" and "Trigger Happy" displayed an entirely different side to this act; no one was jumping up and down in the clubs for what they'd done with 'Ebbhead'. What we had here was one for the bar scene, I'd imagine those over 21 lost their shit hearing what was on offer here. There's a distinctly after hours feel to what this fourth LP was drawn from, the sort of insidious propensity towards unsound activities and paranoid xenophobia is hinted at repeatedly especially on the opener "Reasons":

"Overrun by one/overrun by the other/the city is aching from 2000 years/the city is rattling with a million fears/reasons/they're lookin for reasons/they say in these seasons, the season is death"

When they stated in interviews that they'd been changing up their sound by adding orchestrations, choruses and refined song structures people were incredulous. I remember several friends of mine regarding 'Ebbhead' as some kind of sell-out on the Ebb's part; there's always that element to any fan base who despise when a band they consider as "theirs" breaks out from the underground and achieves broader success. I sympathized then, I just laugh now. If that was the case then clearly it was overdue, these two had been doing club tours and the like since 1982. Nine years in the shadows was long enough and oh by the way, even if you didn't care for the album then surely the singles had enough to lure your ears.

"Godhead" came in several formats and contained live tracks from the band while on tour which were riveting. If you've not seen Nitzer Ebb live then you haven't lived. They don't just play venues, they own them for the duration of their show. The concluding single for "Ascend" also was given the full push by appearing on all formats (yes, even cassette) and sported mixes which found Flood running wild in the studio with his equipment. One other word about this single, the cassette version was for years the only place you could hear Vince Clarke's remix; if you tracked down the double 10" you were treated to a remix of "Lakeside Drive" which was unavailable elsewhere until 2010's 'In Order' digital release.

The choice was clearly an easy one for me: track it all down.

A quarter century later, 'Ebbhead' is still a glorious listen. Varied in tone and theme with a complexity to the music which they'd never dreamed of previously. The pressure to maintain this momentum would take a terrible toll on the band and result in their eventual implosion at the end of the 'Big Hit' tour but they'd be back. They continue to perform live as of this writing and whether or not they give us another album after 'Industrial Complex' is anyone's guess. The biggest question I have these days is what those others who were fans back then think about all this now, do they even have their respective copies or did the kids and marriages do away with all that.

For a brief while Harris and McCarthy took us for a ride along neon drenched main drags through burnt out cities ripe with excess, drowning in skin and bathed in sin. It's where a lot of us found ourselves in love... sick love... lovesick... sick, sick love.

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