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Nina Hagen's Nunsexmonkrock is one of the great albums of the early 1980s. I always assumed that her wild vocal shifts (from Exorcist-style growls to angelic soprano passages) were made possible by multitracking in the studio. But no -- a search for video footage of Hagen in performance shows that she could get that dissociated-personality effect live.

Here she is in 1980, doing an inspired cover of a David Bowie song:

Interesting commentary on some of her early records here.

January 30, 2008 8:43 PM | | Comments (5)



A little like imagining a Thousand Year Reich of creepily sexy freaks instead of satanic racists... throw in a little Klaus Nomi and the image is complete! (And just at the moment she looks like something on a mountaintop, bathed in light, she pulls a clown face: perfect)

Makes you wish there was some sort of Hagen boxed set. Though Amazon does have a double CD of Nina Hagen Band *und* Unbehagen. :)

Yeah, she's like a cross between Nomi and Bjork, except Hagen was there first. She must have been a big inspiration for Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

I've watched this clip half a dozen times now and love it more each time. And Rich is quite right -- the difficulty of finding anything but Nunsexmonkrock here in the US is insane.

What can be done about this? Any ideas?

Well, you could always come here and happen upon her daughter sauntering out of a restaurant (as I've done more than once)...

PS: to "happen upon" someone isn't as pleasurable as it sounds. Sadly.
PPS: Scott, if you're *serious* about wanting more Hagenstuff...

I wouldn't want to hang around her (she seems kind of scary) and can't even imagine what having her as a mother would have been like. But go see her perform? Absolutely.

By the way, I just checked the Borders catalog to see what by Hagen is available -- not much, it seems -- and noticed that Nunsexmonkrock is supposed to be re-released next month on CD, for $6.99. That's a good sign.

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