Best Kraftwerk Album

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Best Kraftwerk Album?
I will include The Mix even though I probably shouldn't. But it did have new versions and someone will moan if I don't.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Computer World 26
Trans-Europe Express 23
The Man-Machine 22
Radio-Activity 14
Ralf & Florian 7
Kraftwerk I 6
Autobahn 6
Electric Cafe 3
Tour-De-France Soundtracks 2
I Don't Like Kraftwerk (The make heads on ILM explode option)2
Kraftwerk II 1
The Mix 1


Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm going to have to really think about this one after some listens. This is a really hard one to choose for me.
I loved seeing them live a few years back. Waited a LONG time for that and wasn't let down.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Radioactivity - ALL THE PHIL COLLINS WAY!

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Radioactivity may well be one of my fave tracks but the album isn't one of my faves at all. I rarely listen to it.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no? it's definitely my fave. so peaceful and chilled out. lots of short little tracks, a bit like boards of canada. and then at the end you get to hear "ohm sweet ohm" which is perhaps their best song.

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 01:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

man machine will win though.

i find autobahn and T.E.E. quite dull on the whole.

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 01:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Strange, I love them. JW hates Autobahn. There's chat about that on the other thread.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'll own up to the "heads explode" option. Never cared enough to explore more than the "hits" as they never did much for me. I'll check out the top few vote getters when this closes and give it another try. It is entirely possible I'll "get it" now when I didn't during my college days.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Die Mensch Maschine.

xpost - watch some tour footage from the maximum-minimum tour, in particular the man machine... my god if you don't like them by then, then it's useless.

MaGoGo, Friday, 20 April 2007 02:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Radioactivity was amazing when I saw them in Glasgow.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 03:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

radioactivity is my favorite.

The funny thing is that it was their least considered album. They threw is together in six weeks between tours. I guess they basically fucked Conny Plank on Autobahn and had to produce it themselves. It doesn't feel like any of the later albums because it still has the rough edges. I love everything they did after this record, but this one is my favorite.

Display Name, Friday, 20 April 2007 05:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Kraftwerk I, with Computer World a close second.

inhibitionist, Friday, 20 April 2007 05:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

radio-activity

stephen, Friday, 20 April 2007 06:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Computer World FTW!

funny farm, Friday, 20 April 2007 06:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

man-machine for "neon lights"!

poortheatre, Friday, 20 April 2007 06:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

need more time. think CW will be my final choice though.

willem, Friday, 20 April 2007 06:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i voted for the first one. i like the electronic pop stuff but i heard I early in the development of my appreciation for freaky music and loved it. and then there was one of the songs from it being used as the theme to newton's apple, and i liked that more than a decade before i heard the album. so i guess i was predisposed.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Friday, 20 April 2007 07:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Tough one, but I have to go with Computer World.

baaderonixx, Friday, 20 April 2007 08:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Man-Machine all the way!

Geir Hongro, Friday, 20 April 2007 12:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Btw. this poll lacks "Radioaktivität", "Trans Europa Express", "Mensch-Machine" and "Computerwelt"

Geir Hongro, Friday, 20 April 2007 12:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

URGE TO KILL... RISING!

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 13:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I went with TEE, though a case could be made for anything from Autobahn through Computer World (after that, who cares?) (before that, I need to hear those wacky early Kraut-rock LPs more someday).

xhuxk, Friday, 20 April 2007 13:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Autobahn was the 1st Kraftwerk album I ever heard. A friend loaned it to me. It just didn't sound like anything i'd ever heard before.
Totally different to the few songs I'd heard previously.
I remember The Model from when it hit the charts.(it was actually released as a bside wasn't it?)

What was the 1st album you all heard?

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Admittedly, Radioactivity Brigadier. But I had heard a lot from Man Machine before.

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

For me, it was TEE

baaderonixx, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

o peaceful and chilled out. lots of short little tracks, a bit like boards of canada. and then at the end you get to hear "ohm sweet ohm" which is perhaps their best song.

qft

Probably heard Computer World first

ledge, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TEE was the first album I heard all the way through. I don't know if that's why I voted it. I think it's cos of the "Metal on Metal" textures and the Schubert arpeggios. Or the concept. Or the cover.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It was great playing Ohm Sweet Ohm for the first time to my mate the other day. To start with he was all "What's this, it sounds dumpcakes! And by the end of the track he was begging me to make him a copy.

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The first Kraftwerk album I heard was this one. My mom had it. I kept coming back to it just for "Autobahn", really. Didn't know what to 'do' with the other tracks I suppose. I found the intro so curious, what with those steps, the slamming of the car door, the starting of the engine, the BLOWING OF THE HORN and then the gently driving away. The sweetness of those sounds just after the car drove off. The harshness of the synths screeching "Au-To-Bahn!" further down the track.
Around the same time I discovered the Roxy Music albums she had - starting with the intro to "Love Is the Drug" - haha!

willem, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oooh - bootleg/mixing opportunity ahoy!

the next grozart, Friday, 20 April 2007 15:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I bet some are on the case now.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Friday, 20 April 2007 19:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TEE forever and ever.

JN$OT, Saturday, 21 April 2007 08:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wonder how many will vote for one of the 1st albums.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

<i>Wonder how many will vote for one of the 1st albums.</i>

I voted for <i>Kraftwerk I</i>.

inhibitionist, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And not just to be contrary.

inhibitionist, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I love all of them, really, except for Electric Cafe, but it really comes down to a hard choice between Man-Machine and Computer World. "Neon Lights" alone almost makes me go for Man-Machine, but I've had too many happy memories playing Super R-Type with Computer World as the background music, so I went with that one.

Z S, Sunday, 22 April 2007 16:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I picked Radioactivity. I love how it starts out with the gentle pulse of a Geiger counter before flowing into "Radioactivity". "Ohm, Sweet Ohm" is a nice way to close the album, too. ("Computer World" is a very close second choice.)

eeyore19, Sunday, 22 April 2007 20:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

trans-europe express, yo.

davie, Sunday, 22 April 2007 20:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TEE, because as an album it's the most coherent ... although damn, i'm now thinking i should maybe have said radioactivity. fuck.

radio stars used to really, really bug me when i was a kid; the oscillator noise. but apart from that, it's kinda perfect.

shit. i've voted wrongly here. oh well.

grimly fiendish, Sunday, 22 April 2007 22:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i didnt vote for any of the first 3, but ralf&florian came close, love the faux-hawaiian vibe on that shit

600, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

electric cafe is freaking great. not that i'd vote for as best, but just saying.

Tim Ellison, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i voted for the most recent one because it's the album i've listened to the most out of any of them.

blueski, Sunday, 22 April 2007 23:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Man Machine, first one I heard. (Never heard "Autobahn" till the mid-80s, strangely enough.) "The Robots" actually became a Top 30 hit on the local far-from-adventurous AM staion. My fellow sixth-grade sci-fi geeks thought it was cool that Battlestar Galactica's Cylons were given their own hit song to sing. We'd heard vocoder before but ELO's use of it didn't sound half so alien.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Monday, 23 April 2007 01:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Where's "Exceller 8" then?

Mark G, Monday, 23 April 2007 01:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

you know, i was gonna mention exceller8. cause in retrospect that's actually the first one i heard (one of my wife's penpals had taped it for her when she was a teenager)... so it was sort of like hearing the first three and "kometenmelodie" first. in bits.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Monday, 23 April 2007 02:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm amazed at the amount of people liking Radioactivity. My fave track certainly but not album.
Is this what Elvis Telecom calls the Presence of other album voting?

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Monday, 23 April 2007 06:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Left Paris in the morning on TEE, babies.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 23 April 2007 07:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I voted for Man Machine... but Radio Activity or Trans-Europe Express could've taken it, too.

novaheat, Monday, 23 April 2007 08:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Taking Sides:
I Vs II Vs Ralf And Florian
Autobahn Vs Trans Europe Express
Man Machine Vs Computer World.

That really is a toughie isn't it?

Every day I reckon I'd have a different answer.
Today however I would say
I
Trans Europe Express
Computer World.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Monday, 23 April 2007 13:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

damn radioactivity should've been there between Autobahn and TEE.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy, Monday, 23 April 2007 13:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

fucking Coldplay barely even deserve a mention in an hour long Kraftwerk documentary, let alone 2 minutes

PaulTMA, Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Argh, now it's jumped back to them again! What the fuck

PaulTMA, Saturday, 31 January 2015 18:59 (three years ago) Permalink

ah dammit, had been looking forward to watching the entire German documentary NV posted when I had an hour to spare, but it has been mercilessly yanked from youtube already

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:12 (three years ago) Permalink

:(

languagelessness (mattresslessness), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:16 (three years ago) Permalink

it was just a dub of the one shown on BBC4 i think, don't know if there were different talking heads

No Orchids for Ms. Blonde-ish (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:25 (three years ago) Permalink

ohh ok

I would hope there would be less Coldplay in the German version but probably no such luck

club mate martyr (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:33 (three years ago) Permalink

i only looked for that "rocking out" bit, don't know if there was a German Paul Morley or what

No Orchids for Ms. Blonde-ish (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Klaus Mehrlig or something

No Orchids for Ms. Blonde-ish (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 23:37 (three years ago) Permalink

That documentary would be quite a good intro for people who know nothing about Kraftwerk tbf

paolo, Thursday, 5 February 2015 09:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Also I just got Electric Cafe and it sucks :(

paolo, Thursday, 5 February 2015 09:04 (three years ago) Permalink

OK it's not a complete disaster but compared to their other albums it isn't very good at all

paolo, Thursday, 5 February 2015 09:05 (three years ago) Permalink

stick with it

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 5 February 2015 10:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I've been sticking with it since 1986 and it still sucks.

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Thursday, 5 February 2015 13:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Too bad for you. IMO it's the album that benefited the most from the remastering job. "Boing" and "Musique" are pretty massive on the new edition.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 5 February 2015 14:33 (three years ago) Permalink

a few weeks ago i succumbed to the urge and tracked down a copy of each remastered edition.
and yeah, EC/TP does sound really good now.
that said, i have the original vinyl, and have always had a soft spot for this album.
goes nicely alongside the other digital/sample/vocal cut up album of the era - zoolook by jean-michel jarre

mark e, Thursday, 5 February 2015 14:48 (three years ago) Permalink

those remasters are excellent. glad someone brought up Zoolook - IMO it's a better album but between that and Electric Cafe, I really wish there was more of this stuff. that kind of surreal digital sampling was pretty cool!

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Thursday, 5 February 2015 15:03 (three years ago) Permalink

excellent balcony-cam footage for gear trainspotters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b16s210t0pk#t=698

Milton Parker, Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:41 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

It changes all the time, but right now my favourite is Trans Europa Express.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 00:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I could make a case for any of them except Kraftwerk 2 and *shudders* Electric Cafe. (I'm ignoring the general existence of The Mix.)

My favourite Kraftwerk album is typically "whichever Kraftwerk album I am listening to right now".

I mean, in terms of "most typical" if I'm trying to turn a new person onto Kraftwerk (I've got our Punk Receptionist at work into Can, but she's balking at Kraftwerk so far) I'll tell them to start with Man Machine. But favourite? I don't know!

At the moment I'm really into the transitional period, Ralf und Florian -> Autobahn -> Radioactivity specifically because it's so unformalised and the gel hasn't quite set yet. I could watch the video for antenna all day long. (I sometimes wonder if I love them or just their iconography, but I'm a sucker for oscilloscopes.)

Suggest Autobahn (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 04:19 (three years ago) Permalink

I have loved that double album debut, I got it in 1975 (long story), and Autobahn too (that was earlier), I know R&F and Radioa quite well..

I got the big box a few years ago for a daft price thanks to a mistake by Amazon but I've not unshrinkwrapped it yet as the albums are all on Spotify, ..

I think the best way of approaching it is to bite the bullet and play them in reverse chron order. What I have heard of Electric Cafe is that its not so bad, the I guess its because I remember the girls singing along to boom-chakk back in the day.

Did anyone else want the KraftNeu or the Kohoutek single?

Mark G, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 06:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I first heard the majority of Kraftwerk through 'The Mix', so sometimes those original versions can sound a bit flat and lo-fi to me, even if the Mix's versions are pretty terrible. My problem with Kraftwerk, iconic and important that they were, is that sometimes their tracks go on just a tad too long. Like, for me listening to Autobahn can feel a bit like something I have to subject myself to out of self-improvement; like reading Moby Dick or something. It's not that I don't enjoy it, but it can feel like a bit of a slog after just a few minutes.

The only one I can't say that about is Radioactivity which is such a great understated record. Computer World works well too, as a pop album.

9 days from now a.k.a next weekend. (dog latin), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:27 (three years ago) Permalink

That Minimum-Maximum live disc is pretty much my go-to; for some reason the pumped-up, bass-boosted sound works for me there in a way that it doesn't on The Mix, even though the arrangements are basically the same

frogbs, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:37 (three years ago) Permalink

The live MinMax performance lives on my pad.

Mark G, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I went to Edinburgh a few years ago, and there was a street performer with his face painted silver dancing to 'Techno Pop', does anyone know if he was a regular feature?

authentic plastic rat (soref), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:48 (three years ago) Permalink

My problem with Kraftwerk, iconic and important that they were, is that sometimes their tracks go on just a tad too long. Like, for me listening to Autobahn can feel a bit like something I have to subject myself to out of self-improvement; like reading Moby Dick or something. It's not that I don't enjoy it, but it can feel like a bit of a slog after just a few minutes.

Autobahn for me is best listened to horizontal with the headphones on... I love the way that the replicate the traffic on the synths during the middle section, it's almost like you can hear the cars creeping up behind you and zooming past.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 17:48 (three years ago) Permalink

If you think 22 minutes of your life is too long to sacrifice for a masterpiece like Autobahn, then seriously. You do not not deserve Kraftwerk.

Suggest Autobahn (Branwell with an N), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:12 (three years ago) Permalink

the best time I ever had listening to autobahn was on the motorway, in fact. it works really really well with cars overtaking and changing lines in time with the synthy whooshes and whirrs

9 days from now a.k.a next weekend. (dog latin), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when they were recording these albums, just to see how they worked up a track from beginning to end and went through the process of finding the relevant sounds and what the general vibe and interaction between the band members was like. I could imagine them hitting upon that throbbing, pulsing bassline to 'Spacelab' and getting quite excited about it.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Did I ever tell you that my music teacher played "Autobahn" in its entirety in a music lesson one day? On a record player, that is! I don't have any real memory about it, other than it got played, no-one paid any attention in music lessons in the school I went to and none of the teachers expected you to tbh.

Stupidityness (Tom D.), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:45 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Just read another old thread where everyone’s talking about how much the Tour de France stuff sucks and I just want to say the Tour de France stuff might be my favorite Kraftwerk material, on the studio recordings and on the live collections. God I love it.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 12 October 2018 01:35 (five days ago) Permalink

Aero dynamik!

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 12 October 2018 01:35 (five days ago) Permalink

tour de france sdtrk is in my top 4 or 5 kraftwerk albums, its so beautiful

21st savagery fox (m bison), Friday, 12 October 2018 02:31 (five days ago) Permalink

The original 'Tour de France' is fantastic, but Tour de France Soundtracks is a bit of a slog for me. I very rarely listen to it, and when I do I wanna put on Trans-Europe Express or The Man Machine instead.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 12 October 2018 06:32 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah Turrican otm, TdfS is tired in the extreme – not a patch on their 70s stuff.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 12 October 2018 07:06 (five days ago) Permalink

It’s remarkable how they managed to do virtually the same live tour for 20+ years and with songs from 40+ years and still make it look cool.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 October 2018 07:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Yeah - they really managed to make the most of what they have.

On Tour de France Soundtracks - I was kinda disappointed when it came out but it rapidly grew on me . The melodies are maybe not as memorable as on their classic stuff but the sound-design is amazing. Hearing that stuff live on the Minimum/Maximum tour was revelatory.
It's all good

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 12 October 2018 10:49 (five days ago) Permalink

My problem with Kraftwerk, iconic and important that they were, is that sometimes their tracks go on just a tad too long. Like, for me listening to Autobahn can feel a bit like something I have to subject myself to out of self-improvement; like reading Moby Dick or something. It's not that I don't enjoy it, but it can feel like a bit of a slog after just a few minutes.

https://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Kraftwerk-2/release/215702?ev=rr

https://www.discogs.com/Kraftwerk-Kraftwerk-1/release/215693?ev=rr

You might like these then - Vertigo in Italy issued these two albums, basically each side has redux versions of one of the first four Kraftwerk albums. I can imagine Ralf/Florian having a fit ...

Mark G, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:09 (five days ago) Permalink

While I'm here:

Have you ever seen a less-likely appearance by Kraftwerk on any various artists album, ever?

https://www.discogs.com/sell/item/346250424

"Various Artists - "Be My Boogie Woogie Baby" - Featuring Winchester Cathedral by the New Vaudeville band, "I was Kaiser Bill's Batman", "Mouldy Old Dough", and "Autobahn"

mmmmm

Mark G, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:21 (five days ago) Permalink

Vitamin is a jam though, sounds beautiful played live too.

MaresNest, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:29 (five days ago) Permalink

I can imagine Ralf/Florian having a fit

Perhaps but now their latest release is pretty much shortened versions of their 8 'pop' albums (or a sampler thereof.)

a sultana on precinct 13 (Noel Emits), Friday, 12 October 2018 11:32 (five days ago) Permalink

Don't get me wrong, I think the sound design and production on Tour de France Soundtracks is great - I've no doubt they spent a lot of time on it. For me, it's a case of the end result leaving me feel a bit cold. For all of their "we are ze robots"/"we're musik workers" schtick, their work from Autobahn to Computer World has a lot of warmth, humanity and emotion in it. Even Electric Cafe has 'The Telephone Call' ...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:22 (five days ago) Permalink

... which Ralf disliked because he thought the vocal was too emotional.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:28 (five days ago) Permalink

Wow, never seen a poll on here I disagreed with more.

For me Autobahn > Kraftwerk 1 > Trans Europe Express (> Concert Classics) > Man-Machine > Kraftwerk 2 > Radioactivity > Ralf & Florian (> Tone Float) > Computer World > Tour De France > Electric Cafe

Haven't heard The Mix or TDF Soundtracks but guess both are not for me. I know Concert Classics is a bit obscure but it's probably their LP I have listened to the most.

Cannot fathom people saying the tracks on Autobahn are "too long", I would be happy if they went on for hours.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:35 (five days ago) Permalink

My main issue with TdfS is that the tunes just aren't there. There's none of the heart-tugging melodies that made the run from Autobahn to Computer World so perfect. I put this down largely to the absence of Bartos, who was responsible for most of the music on those albums. xp

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:39 (five days ago) Permalink

What albums?

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:51 (five days ago) Permalink

the "truncated" version on the 3-D Katalog semi-live set they put out is better than the studio version, I think

agreed that the album didn't really come alive for me until Minimum-Maximum came out. the "Etape" thing really did not need 20 minutes. "Elektro Kardiogramm" still bores the piss outta me though

frogbs, Friday, 12 October 2018 12:54 (five days ago) Permalink

I meant Autobahn through Computer World but looking again I see he only has songwriting credits on The Man Machine and CW, my bad. Those two are definitely the most tuneful/melodic Kraftwerk albums though. xp

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Friday, 12 October 2018 12:54 (five days ago) Permalink

Yes, he wasn't even in the band yet when "Autobahn" was recorded!

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 12 October 2018 13:12 (five days ago) Permalink

My main issue with TdfS is that the tunes just aren't there. There's none of the heart-tugging melodies that made the run from Autobahn to Computer World so perfect.

Yes, this too! Some of the melodic passages on 'Autobahn', 'Europe Endless', 'Computer Love', 'Neon Lights' etc. are like a warm hug for the ears.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 12 October 2018 13:21 (five days ago) Permalink

I think even at their brighter “pop gone electronic” there’s always been a more ambitious message going on.

Kraftwerk are very self-conscious about their aesthetic choices and I think they are actually embracing the idea of technology turning men into robots, not rejecting it. I haven’t read interviews to confirm it but to me the concept behind it all is to show how change is inevitable and how there’s positives of technology in our lives, of course it comes included with a very German style of humor in the delivery of the concept... so it’s hard to tell. To some people these ideas behind their music gives it a haunted emptiness, a sort of “brave new world” dread.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 October 2018 14:42 (five days ago) Permalink


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