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The dirt on Einstürzende Neubauten’s new Greatest Hits LP

No prizes for guessing the right answer, but who gouged Einstürzende Neubauten’s name into the gold disc adorning the front cover of their new double LP Greatest Hits? And while we’re asking questions, what kind of ink did said miscreant use to scrawl the album’s title all over it? The compilation’s title and tracklist are taken from the Greatest Hits shows the Berlin group have been playing out in recent years alongside their more conceptual project Lament, and it mostly consists of recordings made by their current, longest lasting line-up.

CSI specialists have no doubt already deduced that the title is written in piss. It’s Neubauten founder Blixa Bargeld’s, apparently. Before you ask, yes, it’s also his handwriting, and he used a pipette, not his penis, as a pen. A footnote in the album credits acknowledges the artwork in part pays dual homage to West German agit-rock legends Ton Steine Scherben’s IV and Andy Warhol’s piss paintings.

Greatest Hits is released by POTOMAK