Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator

Author: admin | Published: 30/5/07

Pocket Calculator

Pocket Calculator

Pocket Calculator

Artist: Kraftwerk
Single: Pocket Calculator
Label: EMI
Year: 1981
Designer: Unidentified
Type of music: Electronic pop
Notes: American promo. Kraftwerk are characterised by the uninformed as emotionless robots, but this is far from the truth as their taste for deadpan humour and playful design reveals.


  1. This is neat – very simple, but neat nonetheless. The images themselves lose some of the effect without the record inside the sleeve – all the overlapping makes it seem, well, frankly, kind of ugly – but eh. It’s still cool.

    Comment by J. Bennett — July 1, 2008 @ 2:27 am
  2. I know what you mean, but I don’t think ugly is always bad.

    Comment by colin — July 7, 2008 @ 11:35 am
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  5. Think the fluro yellow, often beloved of cyclists for greater visibility, might suit a Tour De France 7″ better :)

    Comment by SteveM — February 24, 2009 @ 7:03 pm
  6. There was also a ‘cigarette box’ style package issued in the UK, containing a yellow cassette single. I remember that record shops didn’t stock it automatically, it had to be ordered in specially for the customers (the item’s catalogue number had been listed on the promo ads in the music press). IIRC, a cassette single was an unusual format in 1981, but were more common by 1983 when Tour de France got released.

    Comment by ric — October 1, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
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    Greetings from Tim. :)

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  10. Thanks Tim and Conrad, much appreciated :-)

    Comment by Colin — January 23, 2011 @ 6:11 pm


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