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Subject: Kraftwerk

Written By: Shacks Train on 06/20/08 at 6:38 am

One of My favortites is "AutoBahn"
Here it is 192brt / 22:51mins / 31.3mb

Trans Europe Express
320brt / 13:32 mins / 30.9mb

Pocket Calculator
320brt / 4:58mins / 8.75mb

Europe Endless
128brt / 9:40 mins / 8.85mb

Computer World (German vers)
192brt / 5:04 mins / 6.97mb

Subject: Re: Kraftwerk

Written By: Butterball on 06/28/08 at 10:38 pm

I first heard of "Kraftwerk", when I saw the movie "Breakin'". "Tour De France"...Loved that song...went very well with the dance scene.

Subject: Re: Kraftwerk

Written By: whistledog on 06/28/08 at 11:15 pm

I remember Kraftwork from the 80s.  Though it seemingly escaped the Canadian chart completely, their 1982 classic "The Model" got LOTS of video play.  A fantastic tune!

'Autobahn' was a Top 40 hit across North America and 'Trans-Europe Express' also charted (outside of the Top 40)

Subject: Re: Kraftwerk

Written By: Foo Bar on 06/28/08 at 11:36 pm

And let's not forget "The Robots".  ("We are programmed just to do / anything you want us to.  We are the robots...)"

Kraftwerk was one of the things that made the larval stage of my geekdom a truly wonderful time.  In a school where the biggest concern was who was doing what with whom, here's a band that sang about about robots, radioactivity, programming your home computer, electronics, radio, numbers, calculators, and (as a hat tip to the late-70s sport of phone phreaking) telephone inter-office switching tones.

"I'm the transmitter, I give information / You're the antenna, catching vibration"
- Kraftwerk, Antenna

"I program my home computer / beam myself into the future"
- Kraftwerk, Home Computer

It was the music we geeks would have written for ourselves, if we'd had both the musical talent and the access to the kind of equipment that was required back then.  As it was, we had neither, but we'd come home from school, glue the headphones to our ears, put the tape on endless loop, sit in front of our machines (a whole 1-MHz of blazing CPU power!  Some of us were lucky enough to have 64 whole kilobytes of memory!), and hack until dawn.

Kraftwerk is still producing and performing, by the way.  Anyone who dug Tour de France would be well served to check out Aerodynamik and La Forme

A few years ago, there was also a fantastic two-CD tribute set called Krafty Moves, featuring covers of Kraftwerk tunes by various industrial/EBM artists, all of which are delightfully updated, yet faithful to the originals.

Finally, no discussion of Kraftwerk would be complete without acknowledging that their backbeats have been sampled into hundreds of songs over the past 30 years.  Having grown up with Kraftwerk, I always grin when I hear a familiar sample in some random piece of new music -- it usually happens once or twice a year, and it's always from a completely unexpected source, although I think the biggest surprise was 20 years ago when they popped up in the middle of 2 Live Crew's Nasty as They Wanna Be.

Subject: Re: Kraftwerk

Written By: Shacks Train on 06/29/08 at 10:20 pm

Anyone living in Toronto & listening to CHUM-fm in the 70s got a rare treat as they used to play "Autobaghn" in its entirety back then.(something you'ld never hear today)
When i first started to buy records I had several Kraftwerks...their stuff got into Techno as Europe seems to be facinated by house music.....not all house is bad but more or less its hard to find some good tracks.

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