100 day song challenge #29

#29 A song that’s very simple and repetitive but you love anyway

So here’s another category I’m not in agreement with. Why wouldn’t you love a simple repetivie song? Aren’t those the best songs??

Just thinking of this category I think about Einstürzende Neubauten. Probably because I’m forever caught up in thinking Neubauten → Negativ Nein. It was how I was introduced to Neubauten.

For the life of me I can’t remember who this wonderful person was, or why this person thought that was a good introduction. It wouldn’t be my choice, especially not post the release of Silence is Sexy, which it was.

Fortunately I have a sense of humour and was not put off by this track. The lyrics of Negativ Nein read:

sag nein
nein nein nein
negativ nein
das Leben ist nicht bunt
geballt gehen wir zugrunde
sag nein
nein nein nein
negativ nein
Doppelnein
Drei mal nein
aber nein
nein nein nein
nein nein nein
nein nein nein
sag nein
negativ nein
Asyl / Exil
hier nich und da nich
frag mich nich ich weiss es auch nich
aber nein
nein nein nein
aber nein
Hauptsache negativ nein
negativ nein
mit einem Schrei geht es zugrunde
mit meinem Schrei
sag nein
sag negativ nein

You could question the simplicity of this. It’s not as if it’s standard format, which would be simpler in terms of performance I would imagine.

But I’m just going to go ahead and ignore that.

This isn’t my choice by the way. I’m just illustrating Neubauten’s ability to be repetitive. They frequently are, and I love it. Makes their music (well, some of it) read like mantras. Comforting.

If you want a bit of a challenge, and you’re new to Neubauten, give Negative Nein a go, and then, you can listen to this lovely little track called Wo sind meine Schuhe? (Where are my shoes?).

The progress of this band is nothing short of impressive.

I love good pop song, according to standard rules, but I friggin love this too.

xo,

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