Klaus Dinger post-Neu

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so i found la! Neu?'s Goldregen on slsk and it's amazing. any other of dinger's projects i should check out? and if so, where should i try to get hold of them

nervous (cochere), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 01:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

La Dusseldorf! First three albums for sure. Very sweet stuff. Neu vibe still pretty much in full effect.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 01:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seconded except i've only heard the first two la dusseldorfs. first one's sweet as hell if you dig the late neu! sound.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ditto on the first LD record. very great. i have a thomas dinger (also in la dusseldorf) record that's ok. not amazing, but good

plain ol' jaxon (jaxon), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

La Dusseldorf reform!

amon (eman), Wednesday, 17 August 2005 03:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...



StanM, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:39 (ten years ago) Permalink


Tom D., Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:40 (ten years ago) Permalink


a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:49 (ten years ago) Permalink


Trip Maker, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

All of my heroes are dying :(

Tom D., Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink





Masonic Boom, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

:( R.I.P.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 14:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Was just reading last night the Wire's whatsit Jukebox feature w/Michael Rother where he mentions a bunch of unreleased 70s Neu! stuff he was trying to negotiate the release of with KD (maybe bad form to mention here/now seeing as things seemed kind of prickly on both sides, but hey). I hope that stuff will still see release at some point.

a passing spacecadet, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Terrible news! I will blast Hero tonight in tribute.

s. morris, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:16 (ten years ago) Permalink


march 21st?

am0n, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

playing White Overalls really loud now. RIP.

zappi, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, March 21st is mentioned in that German article as well - news only got out today.

StanM, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

er, wait, it isn't directly. Just: 4 days before his 62nd birthday.

StanM, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

shit, man

That mong guy that's shit, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

fucking hell

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 15:42 (ten years ago) Permalink


Stormy Davis, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh man super RIP


Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 16:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fuck no terrible news.

RIP Fur Immer, Klaus

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 16:27 (ten years ago) Permalink



latebloomer, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 16:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've read in several interviews that Schneider / Rother / Dinger / Plank finished a full LP side worth of music for 'Kraftwerk 2' that was scrapped when Hutter returned to the band.

hope we get to hear that someday

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 17:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.michaelrother.de/en/ :

Klaus Dinger +21.03.2008
Today, on 2nd April 2008 the sad news have been made public: Klaus Dinger died on 21 March 2008. Together with many friends of his music I will remember Klaus for his creativity as an artist and I will think about him with gratitude for his wonderful contributions to our project NEU!. (For more information please see Gronland Records)
(created: 02/04/2008 )

StanM, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ohh man, I am super bummed! Krikey.

Mike McGooney-gal, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Curses, RIP

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

awful news, RIP

balls, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

heaven needed a stunt double for jesus



moonship journey to baja, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

coolest looking old man ever?


am0n, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:53 (ten years ago) Permalink


am0n, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

damn he was an inspiration. rip.

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

:( :( :( :( :(

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 19:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Where the air is clean
And the grass, green...

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 19:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

very, very sad news

I played "Hero" in his memory tonight.

willem, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 19:16 (ten years ago) Permalink


Catsupppppppppppppp dude 茄蕃, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 20:18 (ten years ago) Permalink

>: (


omar little, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 20:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

just got the first 2 la dusseldorf albums recently and they are so great. RIP.

mizzell, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 20:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

I totally blasted Viva first thing yesterday morning too :(

Clay, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 21:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

I only just heard! Terrible, sad news indeed. RIP

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 2 April 2008 21:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP klaus, gonna rock La D stuff shortly.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 3 April 2008 11:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also recommend you check out "Neondian". Fun album. Once more, bye bye Klaus :(

Tom D., Thursday, 3 April 2008 11:02 (ten years ago) Permalink


briania, Thursday, 3 April 2008 12:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Obit on Radio 4 (skip 15 minutes in)

zappi, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 20:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Lets forget all the tears and simply remember that Klaus Dinger was the greatest musician ever to have walked the planet. I own all of his albums, he didn't cock up once, every single second is damned gold. The internet is still flooded with obituaries, but they all get the facts wrong and cast him as the drummer of Kraftwerk (the irony). Miki Yui (his posthumous PR manageress) tells me that three more KD albums will be out in September, I can barely wait, but in the meantime Michael Rother is just mouthing off about how much a jerk Klaus was, and seeing as the guy is dead and Miki Yui doesn't want to get involved, all the bloody 'I'm new to NEU!' people believe him. Also, that damned wikipedia entry for la! NEU!, that's hardly 'neutral' is it! Before I get carried away with passion, here are my 5 favourite KD albums:

NEU! (NEU!-1971) Best of the three NEU! albums, Klaus' vox on 'Lieber Honig' are so beautiful. Hallogallo, Im Gluck, oh, beautiful. Negativland ruins it a bit but, ach so...

Viva (La Dusseldorf-1978) Simply the greatest album ever. Every track is gold. Rheinita is my favourite track EVER. How did La D. not get world famous?

Blue (Klaus Dinger-1984 to 1987) Archival album, one of his best. The first 5 tracks show you how pretty his music can be, whilst the final track paves the way to la! NEU? It single handedly turned me into an Amerika hater.

Cha Cha 2000 Live in Tokyo (la! NEU?-1996) Every rock music fan must own a copy. I implore the reader to buy this. There is really no way you can't love it.

Year of the Tiger (la! NEU?-1998) The first big track shows you true motorik, what KD has been aiming at all these years, and the second his laid back ethos. Again, a must have.

Nearly made it but not quite:

NEU! '75 (1975) NEU!
La Dusseldorf (1976) La Dusseldorf
Individuellos (1981) La Dusseldorf
Neondian/Mon Amour (1984/2006) Klaus Dinger/la-duesseldorf.de
Neu! 4 (1986) NEU!
Die Engel Des Herrn (1992) Die Engeld des Herrn
Goldregen (1998) la! NEU?
Live at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (1998) la! NEU?

Eyes peeled for the SEPTEMBER RELEASES

KosmischeSynth, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

What happened to these September releases? I haven't heard anything new from Dinger since 2001...

Look, I agree that Dinger was the better musician and had all the big ideas, but he really did seem like a jerk and a kook. I remember reading this interview with him where he was like reading a biography of Neu! and tore down just about everything related to Rother, it was clear that he just all-out hated the guy, mainly (it seeemed) for wanting equal credit on the Neu! releases, while Rother has always seemed super chill and respectful to me (though this stuff post-mortem is a little disturbing). I'd much rather have a beer with him for what that's worth (plus he was much better looking)

I dig the Neondian album a lot (much better send-off to La-D than Individuellos) but I hate the lyrics to "America"; he seems to hate a lot of things

frogbs, Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

KosmischeSynth's got me thinking about exploring some La! NEU? I've never been able to find any stuff at a reasonable price and until that post I'd never heard anyone be particularly enthusiastic about them. Ordered a copy of the Cha Cha 2000 Live in Tokyo online for nearly £20. A gamble but I look forward to hearing it.

The ILM Krautrock listening club was excellent.

AnotherDeadHero, Monday, 28 February 2011 22:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

So I've had a chance to listen to La! Neu? 'Cha Cha 2000'. I've been keen to hear anything Klaus Dinger recorded under La! Neu? for some time and my interest was rekindled after a previous post. The barrier thus far has been unreasonably costly imports but feeling a yearning for some genuine motorik sounds lately I decided that 'hey, there's probably worse ways I could spend 20 bucks.

Consisting of one concert split over two discs released on the Japanese based Captain Trip records 'Cha Cha 2000' is literally a long improvisation on the La Dusseldorf track.

After a gentle piano based introduction reminiscent of the quieter parts of. Neu! 75 the performance veneers off into a wild and chaotic improvisation tampered by overbearing female vocal shrieking before tribal drumming its way through a deep and unnerving groove. (By this point I was severely testing my girlfriends patience)

Eventually a signature Dinger beat emerges followed by the first recognisable shapes of the original La Dusseldorf version of the track. From their things progress steadily into a transcendent and repetitive groove that, for me, recalls the image suggested by the German poet Rilke in his poem about the panther in the zoo and the power of its "ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed". The beat really holds that kind of power. Lots of bands may have imitated Klaus Dingers motorik sound but it never sounds better than whenever it appears in his own projects. Dinger rules that fucking beat! And you know what, he's punk as fuck too. A proper visionary.

Disc 2 continues on from the peaks of the first half and just builds and builds with seemingly limitless potential. The whole thing just seems to ascend ceaselessly into what, for the duration of the disc, feels like a glorious infinite rising beyond something. Like 'Sister Ray' by the Velvets the various instruments seem to compete for dominance while the rhythm locks it all together. The disc as a whole stands amongst the most defining and surprising of Dingers career. Everything you could want, as a fan of his, and more is there to be found. Including, in an unexpected twist, some truly comedic moments towards the finale as Dinger addresses members of the crowd directly encouraging them to hum along.

. . . and the end, well, its a damn shame this thing ever has to end.

Anyway, excuse the lengthy rambling post. Stuff just blew my mind tonight.

AnotherDeadHero, Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Miki Yui (his posthumous PR manageress) tells me that three more KD albums will be out in September

i guess ive posted about this already but does anyone know what these are supposed to be?

frogs you are the dumbest asshole (frogbs), Thursday, 26 January 2012 23:25 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

ok - one of those (Japandorf) has just been released. kinda typical Dinger stuff but which cute Japanese vocals. another version of "Cha Cha" which throws in a huge "Hallo Gallo" homage. it's actually pretty fun and IMO better than most of the La! Neu? albums. not a terrible way to go out!

frogbs, Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:25 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

just hearing Cha Cha 2000 Live in Tokyo now. Kind of hard to believe this isn't more known, especially given it's similarities to what Boredoms were doing at almost the exact same time.

Dominique, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

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