Lost Classics: The Notwist “Neon Golden”

They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may have broken up or the albums may be out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are some of the finest albums that time forgot but we remembered in issue #75, plus all-new additions to our list of Lost Classics.


Neon Golden // Domino, 2003

The members of the Notwist evolved from dismal beginnings as metal-besotted teen punks to the fun sophistication of the aptly named Neon Golden. The album achieved a genuine integration of previously opposing elements, as the German group blended crunchy, skittery beats inspired by several generations of European techno with dubby textures, decorative string flourishes, smooth woodwind textures and insanely catchy pop melodies. On Neon Golden, the boy never seemed to get the girl, but the rest of us were happy to bob our heads while he hung his.

Catching Up: The Notwist released follow-up The Devil, You + Me last year. In 2005, the band joined up with nerd-rappers Themselves and made an album as 13 & God. Members of the Notwist also play in ConsoleLali Puna, Ms. John Soda and Schweisser.

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One reply on “Lost Classics: The Notwist “Neon Golden””

Really? A lost classic at the ripe old age of 6 years? Don’t get me wrong, I love this album but I think you’ve got to push your cutoff date a bit further back. Maybe a minimum of 10 or 15 years?

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