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Limited Edition Double Vinyl w/ Signed And Numbered Print
Record/Vinyl + Digital Album
This double album containing the early works of Alexander Hacke is a limited edition of 500 and comes with a 16 page luxurious full-color booklet, a numbered print of a Polaroid of von Borsig taken by Jessamy Calkin around 1982, autographed by Alexander and a postcard with an extra download you can gift to a loved one, as you are already supplied with a code by purchasing here on Bandcamp.
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Alexander von Borsig
lived as an only child of a divorced marriage with his mother in Berlin - Neukölln. From an early age he was fascinated by science fiction and horror films, which he was allowed to see on television and whose sounds he tried to imitate with a microphone and a cassette recorder. It was only later that he fell in love with, preferably very strange, electronic music and upon intensive begging was given a semi-modular Korg MS-20 analogue synthesizer for Christmas in 1978 and a Roland CR-78 rhythm machine for his fourteenth birthday in October of the following year. Inspired by groups like Throbbing Gristle, Suicide or Chrome, he not only began to produce his own music with these instruments, but also to invent the myth of his persona. Since his father worked as a mechanical engineer for the renowned Borsig company and provided him with advertising stickers, which Alexander used to decorate the walls of the relevant Berlin nightclubs, his pseudonym quickly established itself, which he embellished with the story of a noble child prodigy stemming from the long-lost von Borsig family.
The first collection of his compositions “Das Leben ist schön” not only appeared exclusively on the cassette label of the Berlin textile shop Eisengrau, but was also produced by Alexander in his Buckow children's room exclusively using two commercially available tape decks. Only the next cassette "Borsig Werke / Sentimentale Jugend (SJ)" was recorded on a four-track recorder in the basement of the Schöneberg Cassetten Combinat and subsequently distributed by this company.
After von Borsig joined the newly founded group Einstürzende Neubauten for a few concerts in 1980 he fell in love with Christiane F., after a performance at the Hamburger Markthalle, who was five years his senior, and with whom he moved together to Sankt Pauli the following year. The label Supermax which was based there made his first "real" studio production possible and resulted in the release of a 12 inch EP on white vinyl, which soon achieved cult status. Alexander then provided the opening act for Neubauten, which had been expanded into a quintet, at first only mixing their live performances in a radically selective way, but eventually advancing to the status of stage musician. After three years he separated years from Christiane, who had relapsed and started taking heroin again, and from then on and to this day appears in countless projects and collaborations under his real name:
released May 10, 2022
01-05 originally released on Alexander Von Borsig - Die Welt Ist Schön! cassette (recorded in 1979, Eisengrau, 1980)
06-14 originally released on Alexander Von Borsig - S.J. cassette (Das Cassetten Combinat, 1981)
15-18 originally released on Alexander Von Borsig - Hiroshima 12" (Supermax, 1982)
19 originally released on Various - Stars Aus Der Steckdose - Combinatssampler II cassette (Das Cassetten Combinat, 1981)
20 originally released on Various - Musik Zur Entspannung cassette (Das Cassetten Combinat, 1981)
21 previously unreleased (recorded in the basement of Das Cassetten Combinat, 1981)
22 originally released on Various - Eisengrau Werbekassette (Eisengrau, 1980)
23 previously unreleased (Studio 65, Berlin, 2022)
supported by 11 fans who also own “BORSIGWERKE - The Complete Recordings of Alexander von Borsig”
I bought the 12 inch single for Bela Lugosi’s Dead at Fred’s records in St. John’s, Newfoundland in the eighties and it remained a treasured item in my collection until it was lost, left behind, stolen, loaned out, whatever. I accepted that that item was lost to time and likely irreplaceable. Hence my utter shock to see that I will once again hear this evocative masterwork on vinyl along with an extra three tracks. I recall Boys was included on the B-side of that long list single. Thank you! skritti