Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rewind: Nina Hagen - Nunsexmonkrock

While we're on the subject of throaty German contraltos, I have to talk about Nina Hagen. Born in 1955 in what was formerly known as East Berlin, Nina Hagen was studying ballet by age four and was considered an opera prodigy by nine. From the deepest growls to ear-bleeding highs her operatic voice serves her well on Nunsexmonkrock , a blend of punk, goth, dance and reggae -- and her first English-speaking album.

Unfortunately, Nunsexmonrock has been out of print for a while, though it was re-issued on cd sometime in the mid-90s. It's worth a dig through the cut-outs because it's also not available for download anywhere.

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