Flashback 1989: Die Warzau – Disco Rigido

Die Warzau - Disco RigidoReleased in 1989, Disco Rigido by Die Warzau was the first album from Chicago performance artists James (Jim) Marcus and Van Christie.

Formed in 1987, initially as Die Warzau Synfony, the group made the scene at a time when many other bands including Front 242, Ministry, Nitzer Ebb and Front Line Assembly were gaining momentum with ebm audiences.

Die Warzau combined a blend of energetic drum rhythms, catchy melodies, electrifying riffs and socially conscious lyrics to create a debut album that spawned several industrial dance floor classics. Disco Rigido provided long tracks with extended breaks that were excellent for the DJ to remix.

The band would go on to make four additional albums, yet it is 1989’s Disco Rigido that best highlights the Die Warzau sound and style.

Highly requested tracks from Disco Rigido that were on many club playlists of the time were “Welcome to America,” “Jack Hammer,” “Strike to the Body,” “I’ve Got to Make Sense,” and crowd favorite “Land of the Free.”