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Neu! – Leb’ Wohl (1975)

August 29, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m struggling to understand why it has taken me so long to post anything by the incomparable Neu! on this blog. No matter, an omission now rectified.

Alongside Kraftwerk and Can, Neu! are my favourites among the wonderful Krautrock genre of the 1970s.

I “re-stumbled” upon this song today while listening to the four CD set “Who’s That Man. A Tribute To Conny Plank” – Conny Plank was the engineer on all Neu!’s LPs and also on numerous other classics by Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, etc. This track is taken from Neu’s third LP “Neu! ’75

This is a beautiful piano based song which, until recently, I might have considered as a potential candidate for part of the soundtrack for my funeral … However, having recently started to work my way through Michel de Montaigne’s Essays (written in the 16th century), I have been persuaded that specifying the desired details of my funeral would be a pointless and egotistical imposition and burden on those who live on. Thus, the great essayist quotes Saint Augustine:

The arranging of funerals, the conditions of burials, the pomp of obsequies, are rather a consolation for the living than any help to the dead”

Anyway, a perfect record!

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Kraftwerk – Franz Schubert (1977)

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the most influential bands of all time in their most reflective and lovely mood. Classic track from the wonderful “Trans Europe Express” LP from 1977.

Needless to say, my next post will just have to be Franz Schubert himself. Sorry.

Can – Vitamin C (1972)

April 2, 2011 Leave a comment

This song has the best drumming ever heard on any song ever. Jaki Liebezeit take a bow please.

Taken from the rather erratic “Ege Bamyasi” LP released in 1972; no right thinking person could fail to acknowledge that, whatever their preconceptions, this record provides the underlying “business case” for the existence of Krautrock.

The drums are unreal; the bass, otherworldly, and; the vocals, gratifyingly, impenetrable. Damo Suzuki hits his career peak ….

Her daddy got a big aeroplane,
Her mommy holds all the family cash,
A beautiful blows, I stay at the corner,
She is living in and out of tune.

Hey you,
You’re losing, you’re losing, you’re losing, you’re losing your vitamin C.
Hey you,
You’re losing, you’re losing, you’re losing, you’re losing your vitamin C,
Your vitamin C.

The LP version then a remarkable live snippet.

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