Saturday, November 01, 2008


Being a big Germanophile, sooner or later I was going to have to write a post on Kraftwerk, surely the greatest German pop band ever. Kraftwerk's music captures the simple beauty of technology. It has a really basic charm.

Kraftwerk's best album has to be Autobahn, which brilliantly evokes the feeling of driving along a motorway. You might want to ignore the video; the music is much better.

Kraftwerk also made an album about trains, Trans-Europe Express. This is the song 'Europe Endless' from it. It captures the peaceful majesty of the utopia that is modern Europe.

Kraftwerk are probably most remembered for the hypnotic hit single, The Model. It is a pretty amazing song:

I once read a music critic who said that the people who adore Kraftwerk all hate dance music. Not in my case. I have a great fondness for hardcore techno and trance.


UKSteve said...

If you haven't already, you might like to look for the Balanescu Quartet's 'Possessed' album. It has Autobahn, The Model, Robots and a couple of others performed by a string quartet. Nicely shows how close to classical music electronica can be.

Celestial Fundie said...

Not heard that.

Anonymous said...

yeah you can find the model cover of it at this guys site: