Halber Mensch

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For the film by Sogo Ishii with Einstürzende Neubauten, see Halber Mensch (film).
Halber Mensch
Studio album by Einstürzende Neubauten
Released 2 September 1985
Recorded 1983–1985
Genre Industrial, experimental
Length 35:32
Label Some Bizarre
Producer Gareth Jones, Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten chronology
Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.
Halber Mensch
Fünf Auf der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala (1987)

Halber Mensch (or ½ Mensch; English: Half Man) is the third studio album by German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten. It was released on 2 September 1985, through record label Some Bizzare Records.


Halber Mensch shows a wider artistic range for the group, incorporating elements of electronic dance music in "Yü-Gung (Fütter mein Ego)" and performing the title track (nearly) a cappella. The group also expands their dynamic range: Blixa Bargeld's voice in "Seele Brennt" suddenly switches from a barely audible whisper to a high-pitched scream, while quiet bass guitar overtones float over relatively restrained percussion in "Letztes Biest (am Himmel)".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Einstürzende Neubauten, except as noted. 

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Halber Mensch" ("Half Man") Blixa Bargeld Alexander Hacke, Bargeld, F.M. Einheit, Mark Chung, N.U. Unruh, Nikkolai Weidemann 4:13
2. "Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego)" ("Yü-Gung (Feed My Ego)")     7:14
3. "Trinklied" ("Drinking Song")     1:15
4. "Z.N.S." ("C.N.S.")     5:40
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Seele Brennt" ("Soul Is Burning") 4:05
2. "Sehnsucht (Zitternd)" ("Desire (Trembling)") 2:55
3. "Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy" ("Death Is a Dandy") 6:41
4. "Letztes Biest (Am Himmel)" ("Last Beast (In the Sky)") 3:28

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Trouser Press described Halber Mensch as "[Einstürzende Neubauten's] strongest record" and "truly remarkable".[2] AllMusic called it "an excellent feat of industrial music".[1]


In 2003, after a continuous conflict with Some Bizarre Records,[citation needed] the band released a remastered reissue of this album with another version of the cover.



  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Halber Mensch – Einstürzende Neubauten : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Einstürzende Neubauten". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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