Nitzer Ebb

Nitzer Ebb

Nitzer Ebb live 2011
Background information
Origin Essex, England, U.K.
Genres EBM, post-industrial, electronic, industrial rock
Years active 1982–1995, 2006-present
Labels Mute Records
Geffen Records (US)
Associated acts Fixmer/McCarthy, Depeche Mode, Recoil, Die Krupps, Derrick May, KLOQ (band)
Members Bon Harris
Douglas McCarthy
Jason Payne
Past members David Gooday
Duc Nhan Nguyen
Julian Beeston
Notable instruments
Drum machine

Nitzer Ebb (pronounced ['nɪtsəɹ eb] or ['naɪtsəɹ eb]) are a British EBM group formed in 1982 by Essex school friends Vaughan "Bon" Harris (programming, synthesizers, drums, vocals), Douglas McCarthy (vocals), and David Gooday (drums).

Recent years and reunion

Nitzer Ebb began work on new material in Los Angeles early in 2007, with a retrospective documentary still in the pipeline. During 2007, Nitzer Ebb continued its trend of replacing drummers as Kourtney Klein left the band to be replaced by Jason Payne. A first track, "Once You Say," with Depeche Mode songwriter Martin L. Gore on backing vocals, was played in June 2007 by Dave Clarke in his White Noise show on VPRO's 3 Voor 12.[1] This track, along with "Payroll," were debuted live as Nitzer Ebb played a handful of shows and festivals during 2007. These tracks are featured on Nitzer Ebb's newest album, Industrial Complex.

McCarthy and Harris reunited up with Jason Payne and producer Flood[2] to finish up the first new Nitzer Ebb record in over a decade. In the meantime, Fixmer/McCarthy released its second album in June 2008, Into the Night.

The band announced a US tour for fall–winter 2009 and were selected as the opening act of the January and February European and Russian dates of Depeche Mode's Tour of the Universe in 2010.[3]

Influences and legacy

The single "Murderous" has been sampled by other electronic music acts, such as Information Society (on "Now That I Have You") and Kode IV (on "Success").

Band members

Current members

Former members

Touring members





Year Song UK Singles Chart[4] US Dance US Modern Rock
1985 "Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works" - - -
1985 "Warsaw Ghetto" - - -
1985 "So Bright, So Strong" - - -
1986 "Get Clean" - - -
1986 "Murderous" - - -
1987 "Let Your Body Learn" - - -
1987 "Join In The Chant" - 9 -
1988 "Control I'm Here" 100 14 25
1989 "Hearts And Minds" - 16 -
1989 "Shame" - - -
1989 "The Machineries Of Joy" (Die Krupps with Nitzer Ebb) - 25 -
1990 "Lightning Man" 97 14 28
1990 "Fun To Be Had" 99 5 -
1990 "Getting Closer" - - -
1991 "Family Man" - - 21
1991 "I Give To You" - - 27
1991 "Godhead" 56 - -
1992 "Ascend" 52 - -
1995 "Kick It" 75 - -
1995 "I Thought" - - -
1995 "Cherry Blossom" - - -

B-sides and non-album tracks

Song A-side Year
"The Way You Live" "Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works" 1985
"Crane" "Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works" 1985
"Cold War" "Isn't It Funny How Your Body Works" 1985
"So Bright, So Strong" "Warsaw Ghetto" 1985
"Get Clean" "Let Your Body Learn" 1986
"K.I.A." "Control I'm Here" 1988
"Time Slips By" "Hearts and Minds" 1989
"Backlash" "Shame" 1989
"Who We Are" "Lightning Man" 1990
"Out of Mind" "Fun to Be Had" 1990
"Taken From Me (Servant Mix)" "Fun to Be Had" 1990
"Lovesick" 'As Is' EP 1991
"Come Alive" 'As Is' EP 1991
"Higher" 'As Is' EP 1991
"Stray Cat Blues" "I Give to You" 1991
"Skintight" "Kick It" 1995
"Dead & Gone" "Kick It" 1995
"Friend (Brittle Mix)" "I Thought" 1995
"Beats Me" "I Thought" 1995
"Payroll (John O Mix)" 'Saw IV' Soundtrack 2007
"Promises" NCIS (The Official TV Series Soundtrack) 2009
"Never Known" Saw VI Soundtrack 2009

Music videos



  1. Martin Gore (Depeche Mode) delivers backing vocals on new Nitzer Ebb track 'Once You Say'
  2. Flood joins Nitzer Ebb to complete first album in a decade
  3. "depeche mode dot com". Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 396. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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