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    I went to an underground club in 1985 where they projected that Autobahn clip on the wall while everyone tripped on acid.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    From comments in YouYube for Part 2 if Autobahn: My mom used to listen to them in highschool. *sob* Back in those days my friends and I listened to loads of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Kraftwerk, and the sort of prog rock lite that you could get in the states back then via late night FM radio: Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, etc.
    • CommentAuthorBoga_
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    A lot of recent lo-fi artists are putting out records that are really similar to No Pussyfooting, which is sort of fitting because that record was also made with no money or equipment at all (even if it was later put together in a studio). Ducktails' self-titled record, off the top of my head, is like No Pussyfooting if Robert Fripp had been a hippie instead of a robot.
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    That video is weird as fuck and mindwarping, something I heartily approve of. If I openly admit this is the first time I've actually heard any Kraftwerk, will I be stoned to death for my transgression? Be kind, I beg you, I grew up in rural California where the only radio stations were classic rock and *shudder* country >.<
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    More Kraftwerk later.
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009 edited
    @J. S. Hardin:
    Second only to James Brown, Kraftwerk is the most sampled band on Earth, their beats and rhythm lines providing many, many other bands with foundations for songs. So in some strange way, you HAVE heard Kraftwerk, even if you did not know it. Their most sampled song is called "Numbers", which contains a killer rhythm track that nearly every hip hop act on Earth has a sample of, right next to their sample of James Brown's "Funky Drummer". Maybe Warren will post it later; if not, worth checking out on your own.
    • CommentAuthorJRadley
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    Re: Kraftwerk

    I'm (unfortunately) old enough to remember when a severely edited version of Autobahn was in the UK pop singles chart (!) That would have been 1975 (I think?). It sounded like nothing I'd ever heard in my life before. It sounded like music from the future.

    Obviously that style of electronica is much more familiar now, especially, as Paul Sizer said, since Kraftwerk have been sampled by so many other acts. But imagine what it sounded like when its companions in the charts were the likes of Mudd, The Rubettes, Gary Glitter (!) and the Bay City Rollers...
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    Man, Kraftwerk is brilliant. Love their Tour De France Soundtrack and Die Mensch Maschine...
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    Of course, given how young most Whitechapelers are, the reaction to this should be interesting...

    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    Sadly my first reaction to hearing that is "what ad was that from?"

      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    Funny, my first thought was "Huh, I haven't heard this Fatboy Slim song before..."
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    My first reaction was "I haven't heard this Tom Waits song before."

    My second was "is this song about leveling in MMORPGs?"
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    I know it's moving away from Kraftwerk but it's interesting to note their hand in development of instruments like the vocoder and drum machine. Not many musicians can claim such an influence/creation...
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    I have just decided that Kraftwerk in the morning sets a helluva tone for the rest of the day^^ Thank you, gentlefolks, I am now well and truly hooked.
    As for the Pipkins, that guy totally sounds like he's channeling the great and mighty Howlin' Wolf.
    • CommentAuthorLiam
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    You can never have too much Kraftwerk. I spent most of last weekend playing some electronic/synthy stuff to my 9 month son. We've been listening to a lot of Soulwax and Miss Kitten and the Hacker recently so I thought he should know where the beepy noises began. I think he approved, if not not I'll wait until he rebels by listening to Coldplay.

    I wonder what gems our wise leader will dig out next?
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    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2009
    Re: The mobiles

    Nice song. A little too early for my memory to fully recollect but it´s good to see someone else is in 80´s mode today....
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    i never really got bitten by the kraftwerk bug but i absolutely adore the earlier album (called Tone Float) that Ralf & Florian made under the name Organisation.
    it's a fantastic slice of early krautrock.
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    TONE FLOAT was mostly improv, wasn't it?