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Kraftwerk – ephemera

Author: Colin | Published: 12/5/12

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Kraftwerk ephemera

Artist Kraftwerk
Title n/a
Label n/a
Year 2004-9
Design Undisclosed
Music Kraftwerk
Notes I’m mad about Kraftwerk, but I’m not a completist. I don’t need to own every variation of every release. I have, however, listened to them more than any other artist since I signed up to last.fm in 2004, by quite a long chalk.

I do wish I still had the ticket stub to the 1981 Computer World-era concert I attended in full-on New Romantic garb (including homemade tartan trousers) in 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon.

I danced my socks off throughout their 2005 concert in Holland and grinned from ear to ear for much of the time too. After that concert Fritz Hilpert kindly signed the postcards for my children.

I was thrilled by the appearance of the English cycling team at the Manchester velodrome. My kids still say it was one of their best ever experiences (well they’ve long lives ahead of them I hope).

Unlike some, I’m very glad they’re still performing and would be overjoyed if they chose to play their retrospective concerts at, say, Tate Modern, to a much larger audience than was able to see them at the recent NY MOMA series.

I first heard Kraftwerk at age 8 when Autobahn was released and my dad uncharacteristically purchased the LP.

I continue to appreciate the group’s humour as well as their music’s humanity, pathos and beauty.

Also Kraftwerk – Expo 2000
Kraftwerk – Autobahn (non-UK version)
Kraftwerk – Autobahn (UK version)
Kraftwerk – Minimum Maximum
Kraftwerk – Neon Lights 12″
Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
- Concert review: Kraftwerk, Brixton, 2004
- Concert review: Kraftwerk, Tilburg, 2005
- DVD review: Kraftwerk, Minimum Maximum
- CD review: Kraftwerk, Minimum Maximum
Kraftwerk, an overview
Listen

Kraftwerk, Brixton Academy, 2004

Kraftwerk, Manchester Velodrome, 2009

 


Comments

  1. I wish they’d do the retrspective show at Tate too, that would be quite an incredible venue for it. I’ve only seen them once live, at the Brixton Academy, but it is still by far the best show I’ve ever seen. The Manchester Velodrome thing must have been pretty awesome

    Comment by themilkman — May 12, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
  2. I think we need to add this to our prayers :-) Best show you’ve ever seen? Great to hear! Was that in 2004 same as me? The velodrome really was brilliant, but a different experience because of being seated from dancing like a mad person near the front at other gigs. Good to hear from you Mr Milkman.

    Comment by Colin — May 15, 2012 @ 10:01 pm
  3. I was there at the Velodrome! I like how the appearance of the 3D visuals didn’t coincide with the time stated on the packaging. Everyone around me put the glasses on at 9:30PM and looked confused at each other. “They’re not working,” someone said.

    Besides the cycling team (which was worth seeing because it actually elicited a smile from those men machines), of note for me was how the setlist seemed inverted. You got all the big “hits” in the first half with more obscure selections for the second half.

    By “obscure” I mean, of course, album tracks. But it was good. It almost “freed” the audience and allowed them to focus on the sounds being made as opposed to waiting for “that song”.

    The Terry Riley composition also made for a brilliant opening act.

    Comment by ninetyeightytwo — November 18, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
  4. Hello ninetyeightytwo, if you could see them smiling that means you were much nearer the front than us. The set was their standard concert one for the time, it gradually changes with the years. I don’t think it was that different from the Minimum Maximum release. Steve Reich opened, not Terry Riley. Great to hear from a fellow attendee!

    Comment by Colin — November 25, 2012 @ 7:21 pm
  5. It was Steve Reich, wasn’t it? Well, this is embarrassing.

    Comment by ninetyeightytwo — November 27, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

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