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Studio album by Nina Hagen
Released 1982
Recorded Winter 1981-82 Blue Rock Studios, New York
Genre Punk rock
Gothic rock
Length 40:32
Label CBS Records
Producer Mike Thorne
Nina Hagen chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

NunSexMonkRock is the first solo album by punk singer-songwriter Nina Hagen after the two albums she made with the Nina Hagen Band. It is arguably one of the greatest "punk" rock albums of the 1980s, beautifully arranged, paced and performed, with Nina in fine form throughout. "Antiworld" and "Born in Xixax" are classic, thrilling Nina Hagen experiences. The guitar work is spectacular on all the cuts; the bass lines throbbing, drums pounding; with Nina at her terrifying, full-throated best. "Smack Jack" is perhaps the greatest anti-heroin song that has been or ever will be written. "Taitschi-Tarot" is a playful, almost psychedelic musical composition. "Dread Love" is a fine rocking tune with powerful, slashing guitar riffs and a driving rhythm section. "Future is Now" reminds those who wish to live in the past that not only is the hippie era "over", the "punk era", too, is "so last year". "Born in Xixax" is a raunchy punk tour-de-force. "Iki Maska" takes the B-52s "Planet Claire" riff and uses it as the musical foundation for an aural orgy. "Dr. Art" is a delectable, hypnotic psychedelic tune designed to initiate the listener into the arcane, sensual mysteries of Nina Hagen-worship. "Cosma Shiva" is a celebration of the birth of Nina's first child of the same name, whose own debut as a vocalist takes place on this recording. "UFO" - a gently throbbing atmospheric meditiational song reminds us that we "are not alone" in the universe. NunSexMonkRock is a remarkably moving musical experience as a complete album, listened to from beginning to end, which has aged well as great music always does.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Nina Hagen, except where indicated.

  1. "Antiworld" (Hagen, Paul Roessler) 4:41
  2. "Smack Jack" (Ferdie Karmelk) 5:17
  3. "Taitschi-Tarot" (Hagen, Roessler) 2:06
  4. "Dread Love" (Hagen, Karmelk) 4:07
  5. "Future Is Now" 2:55
  6. "Born In Xixax" 2:55
  7. "Iki Maska" 5:09
  8. "Dr. Art" (Hagen, Karl Rucker) 4:50
  9. "Cosma Shiva" 3:19
  10. "UFO" (Hagen, Rucker) 4:53



  • Produced by Mike Thorne
  • Engineers: Mike Ewasko
  • Mixing: Harvey Goldberg
  • Mastering: Jack Skinner


  1. ^ Carpenter, Bil. NunSexMonkRock at AllMusic