Halber Mensch

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Halber Mensch
Studio album by
Released2 September 1985
GenreIndustrial, experimental
LabelSome Bizarre
ProducerGareth Jones, Einstürzende Neubauten
Einstürzende Neubauten chronology
Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.
Halber Mensch
Fünf Auf der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala

Halber Mensch (or 1/2 Mensch; English: Half Person) is the third studio album by German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, released on 2 September 1985 by Some Bizzare Records in the U.K. and by What's So Funny About GmbH in Germany. In the U.S., the album was distributed by Rough Trade Records.[1]


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)".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Alternative Rock8/10[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The Great Alternative & Indie Discography5/10[5]
MusicHound Rock4/5[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[9]

Trouser Press described Halber Mensch as "[Einstürzende Neubauten's] strongest record" and "truly remarkable."[10] AllMusic called it "an excellent feat of industrial music."[2] In a 2019 feature, Pitchfork named it the second-best industrial album of all time.[11]


In 2002, after a continuous conflict with Some Bizzare Records,[citation needed] the band released a remastered reissue of the album through their own label Potomak, with a slight variation of the cover image.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Einstürzende Neubauten, except as noted.

Side A
1."Halber Mensch" ("Half Person")Blixa BargeldAlexander Hacke, Bargeld, F.M. Einheit, Mark Chung, N.U. Unruh, Nikkolai Weidemann4:13
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
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
CD bonus tracks
9."Sand" (Lee Hazlewood cover)Lee Hazlewood3:30
10."Yü-Gung (Adrian Sherwood Remix)" (remix by Adrian Sherwood) 7:28
11."Das Schaben" ("The Rasping") 9:22



  1. ^ "Einstürzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch". Discogs. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Halber Mensch – Einstürzende Neubauten : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (12 April 2000). "Alternative rock". Miller Freeman Books – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Einstürzende Neubauten". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  5. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (1999). The great alternative & indie discography. ISBN 9780862419134.
  6. ^ Kubanke, Ulf. "Ein Mantel wie Sandpapier für zeitlose Zeilen". Laut.de.
  7. ^ Gary Graff, ed. (1996). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (1st ed.). London: Visible Ink Press. p. 380. ISBN 978-0-7876-1037-1.
  8. ^ Mauro Roma. "Einstürzende Neubauten". OndaRock. Retrieved 13 April 2022.
  9. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Einstürzende Neubauten". Spin Alternative Record Guide (1st ed.). New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ Sheridan, David; Fasolino, Greg; Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Einstürzende Neubauten". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  11. ^ best industrial
  12. ^ "Einstürzende Neubauten - 1/2 Mensch". Discogs. Retrieved 20 August 2020.

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