Sunday, December 07, 2008

How different would music have turned out without this track?

Kraftwerk -'Trans Europe Express.'



I know this might be heresy, but I'm starting to wonder if Kraftwerk might actually have been more important than the Sex Pistols...Don't get me wrong, the Pistols changed a hell of a lot in the music industry, but to listen to Kraftwerk is like seeing a prediction for the next thirty years of music. Without this song...imagine how post-punk, hiphop, pretty much anything from the dance scene from Aphex Twin to trance would have turned out so differently. Like an omelette without eggs...

Perhaps Public Image Ltd. were ultimately more important than the Sex Pistols? Discuss. I don't know how much of an influence Kraftwerk had on PIL, but I think they must have seeped through in some way.

P.I.L. -'Death Disco.'



BTW...(final thought before stumbling off to bed)...is this 80s cheese or a seminal track?

Ultravox -'Vienna.'

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have a friend who loves kraftwerk and no matter how many times he tries to play this at me or explain it's genius, it still leaves me cold, just don't get it. On a xmas note i loved the fall post, xmas with the fall, amphetamines and a pint of joey holts, ho ho ho. It is now officially xmas, i saw the damned on their annual we're skint tour, their new album is surprisingly good, i'll send you a couple of tunes (if you've sorted your e-mail out), not what you would expect, but in a good way.
A.J

Ed said...

Hi A.J. would love to hear a few Damned tunes, the email is up and running. guess we'll have to agree to disagree on Kraftwerk!

Ed

Anonymous said...

In relation to the Ultravox query: seminal.

Midge

Ed said...

...I'm supposed to believe Midge Ure reads my humble blog?!

Ed

entrailicus said...

Always prefered 'Metal on Metal' but this definitely is the track that changed everything.

While we're on the subject, give this a listen...

http://fadesinslowly.blogspot.com/2008/03/we-are-robots.html

Ed said...

Will do...

panole8riambos said...

Great Blog.
Nice to find you.

Ed said...

...thank you! Ed

Duncanmusic said...

I always liked Ultravox post-John Foxx better and this LP was a classic of its time period, displaying all that was good about electropop or the New Romantics or whatever you want to label it...this and the Kraftwerk Computer Lp are so good and still listenable to me even thouch most of wjat I listen to is acoustic Americana these days. By the way this mix seems different, clearer and cleaner less reverb ...the LP is still one I give a listen to maybe once a year. At the time they were probably one of my fave New Wave bands...Visage, Human League , BEF, Kraftwerk, The Passions, Phil Lynott's 12 mix of Yello Pearl and the other kind of lost Connie planck production Belfegore, especially "Wake Up With The Sirens"

Ed said...

Wow...more for me to go and investigate! Thank you...Ed