BCB 100 - Kraftwerk

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BCB 100 - Kraftwerk

Postby geoffcowgill » 24 Jul 2006, 16:06

This type of thing not really being my type of thing, I don't have a great deal to say. But what I've heard from them is surprisingly funky for robotic German mannekins.

Favorite Album - Trans-Europe Express

Favorite Song - "Pocket Calculator" [hilarious song]

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Postby Conrad Knight Socks » 24 Jul 2006, 16:08

They were so fantastic on their tour in 2004.

Album - Minimum Maximum - all the hits
Song - Trans Europe Express, but in some ways the Model outshines them all.
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Postby funky_nomad » 24 Jul 2006, 16:24

Angel Heart wrote:They were so fantastic on their tour in 2004.

Weren't they just? I can still feel that bass reverberating around my insides!!!

Album - so tough to choose, but I'd probably plump for the DVD version of Minimum:Maximum if you held a gun to my head, as it's such a good overview and sounds (and looks) fucking amazing. Anyone who thinks 4 ageing Germans standing behind computers can't put on the best live show on the planet is sorely misguided.

Song - The Robots (from Minimum:Maximum - when the beats crash in at about 5:20, it's nigh-on transcendental)
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Postby Johnny Fartpants » 24 Jul 2006, 16:25

..... must .... resist ....

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Postby Jeemo » 24 Jul 2006, 16:32

funky_nomad wrote:
Angel Heart wrote:They were so fantastic on their tour in 2004.

Weren't they just? I can still feel that bass reverberating around my insides!!!

Album - so tough to choose, but I'd probably plump for the DVD version of Minimum:Maximum if you held a gun to my head, as it's such a good overview and sounds (and looks) fucking amazing. Anyone who thinks 4 ageing Germans standing behind computers can't put on the best live show on the planet is sorely misguided.

Song - The Robots (from Minimum:Maximum - when the beats crash in at about 5:20, it's nigh-on transcendental)


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Postby Jeemo » 24 Jul 2006, 16:32

Oh and

Album - Trans Europe Express

Song - Neon Lights
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Postby brilleaux » 24 Jul 2006, 16:38

Track: "Showroom Dummies"
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Postby Clippernolan » 24 Jul 2006, 16:47

Album - Computer World

Song - "Pocket Calculator"
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Postby ConnyOlivetti » 24 Jul 2006, 17:59

album - Tour de France Soundtrack
song - Vitamin

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Postby The Slider » 24 Jul 2006, 18:24

last year's Brixton concert was one ofthe most astonishing things I have ever witnessed.
I am very pleased that I was there.

The Man Machine (TEE has Hall Of Mirrors, which tips the balance toward TMM)

Neon Lights
Ah but I was so much younger then.
I'm older than that now.

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Postby Toby » 24 Jul 2006, 18:33

I'm off to see them again in Ghent in October. It'll be the 10th time.


LP - Difficult to choose. The sounds on Computer World are my favourite, but the double whammy of Europe Endless and T.E.E make sure that Trans Europe Express gets my vote, plus the cover is sublime.

Song - All of them.

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Postby Jeff K » 24 Jul 2006, 22:45

Album - Trans-Europe Express

Song - Autobahn or Hall of Mirrors
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Postby Maxwell's Golden Pickaxe » 24 Jul 2006, 22:47

I only have two of their albums, but surely....

Song: The Model

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Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 24 Jul 2006, 23:02

I enjoy their macaroni and cheese.
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Postby Jeemo » 24 Jul 2006, 23:25

808 wrote: It'll be the 10th time.


But never the classic line up :twisted:
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Postby Sneelock » 25 Jul 2006, 00:20

album: Man Machine
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win: Europe Endless
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Postby king feeb » 25 Jul 2006, 01:36

Album: Autobahn

Song: "Ruckzuck"
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Postby trans-chigley express » 25 Jul 2006, 01:51

Album: The Man Machine

Track: Europe Endless
I just adore the sparkling 2 minute intro.

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Postby mentalist (slight return) » 25 Jul 2006, 05:06

Album: hmmmm, probably Radio-Activity

Song: a tie between the shorter version of Autobahn and The Model

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Postby The Write Profile » 25 Jul 2006, 05:39

Kraftwerk's best stuff is strange in that it possess an almost knowing naivite to it, the joy in its own simplicity, particularly in terms of its humour. As for song, well it has to be Autobahn doesn't it, the way that the details all coalesce just through simple repetitions, its knowledge of how pop music works when you have something to hold onto (in their case, the utterly addictive "fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn" chorus). It's a beautiful piece of music, really.

Predictably, Trans Europe Express is my favourite of their LPs, because the whole sound and approach of it is so throughly precise- everything on falls into place and the segues are often as beautiful as they are expected. They find a lot of warmth in their love of machinery, don't they? And a lot of humour, too, ("Showroom Dummies" is a 3-minute joke, essentially mocking their entire image). Finally, its ultimate resolution: those faint, slightly disembodied voices on Endless Endless after the Franz Schubert motif again reveal the subtlety of their approach. Like finally coming out of the tunner to see the light, if that's not too hackneyed.

As for Man Machine, well I like it a lot- particularly the deeply cynical "The Model" (One of the strangest no. 1 singles ever? Certainly, in terms of its ruthless sarcasm and minimalism), but for some reason, it doesn't feel as artful to me as Trans Europe Express. I'm not sure what it is, I remember adoring something like "Neon Lights" the last time I heard it, but I don't think I can connect to it in quite the same way as its predecessor. That said, it contains many pretty resolutions.

Oddly, I think there are some parallels between Kraftwerk and Chic. Both were hugely influential (though I suppose Kraftwerk's influence is more obviously traceable) in future dance music are quite apparent in some respects. In fact, both produced songs that helped to directly influence rap, Chic's "Good Times" formed the entire musical basis for "Rapper's Delight", while Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe-Express" became the backing track for "Planet Rock" (among others). Also, both dealt in incredibly pared-back styles (there's absolutely no extraneous material in Rogers's arrangements), and both used their populism to smuggle in a wilfully subversion at times.

Whereas Chic's outwardly funky and energetic music hid a scathing attitude to its approach, Kraftwerk's seemingly cold and minimalist aesthetic hides a warmth and almost childlike appeal. A lot of Chic's music is essentially about the perils of the crossover, and what it might do to you. Something like "Good Times" or "Le Freak" sound like it's forever on the point of collapse (the singing, in particular). But the music is so celebratory, almost inspite of this fact.
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