[Video] Goin’ Old School: Kraftwerk & Laid Back

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

In honour of Kraftwerk’s Tate Modern series of shows, which we completely failed to get tickets for, here’s 1986’s Musique Non Stop.

And classic 1983 SynthPop from Germany’s Laid Back and White Horse.

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Goin’ Old School: Kraftwerk, New Order & DEVO

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

We’re breaking the ‘Goin’ Old School’ rules a little today by featuring tracks we’ve featured before and tracks that aren’t strictly ‘80’s, but in celebration if the late, great, Bob Moog’s birthday, here’s some of our favourite Moog tracks. Starting with Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ from 1975.

And we had to feature New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ again, from 1983. Moog Source anyone?

DEVO 1980 hit ’ Whip It’ is covered in MiniMoogs!

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Goin’ Old School: Kraftwerk, New Order & Jungle Brothers

Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:

After years in the German underground. Kraftwerk were basically saying “Hello world, here we are’ with 1982’s ‘The Model’, the coolest people in the world took notice.

New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ from1983, still the biggest selling 12” of all time, here’s the original video.

Jungle Brothers, amongst others, in 1988 thought Hip-House was a good idea with the Todd Terry produced ‘I’ll House You’.

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Goin’ Old School: Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

Time to remedy the not having had any Kraftwerk on Goin’ Old School yet, with 1977’s ‘Trans Europe Express’, it was so good Afrika Bambaata and Arthur Baker took it an invented Electro Hip-Hop with it!

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The electronic rumors awards: electronic rumors’ Hall Of Fame 2010!!!

As soon as we had the notion to do a yearly Hall Of fame award it was a pretty forgone conclusion as to who would be the first recipient (actually, the first four years were pretty obvious!). There was never any doubt.

If you read electronic rumors, if you’re into electronic music, whether it’s some brand of Pop, whether you’re a Dubstep fiend, whether your preferred method of musical enjoyment is stroking your beard to the latest experimental release, whether you’re all glowsticks and euphoria or a Funk loving lover, the music you love probably wouldn’t exist without Kraftwerk.

To call them electronic music pioneers seems like an understatement. Were they the first to make music from synthesizers? Of course not, but pre-Kraftwerk the synth was either the tool of pompous Prog Rock banks or noise mongers who cared little for songs. While Kraftwerk resided heavily into the world of the latter the difference they made is the unison of experimental electronics and repetitive rhythms and melody. Which is essentially electronic Pop. They were a direct influence on the first generation if SynthPop artists and synthesizer Disco and Hip Hop producers who, in turn, went on to influence everything we know and love.

Four German technicians, who had no interest in becoming music stars, are signally the most important band I can think of.

Kraftwerk – Showroom Dummies

Kraftwerk – Metropolis

Kraftwerk – Radioactivity

Kraftwerk’s back catalogue has an album for everyone, from the early, more abstract material, to the mid-period ElectroPop, to the Techno-Pop of recent years, all of it is essential.

Kraftwerk @ Beatport

Kraftwerk @ Juno

Kraftwerk @ 7Digital

Kraftwerk @ Amazon

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Heads We Dance cover Kraftwerk

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The Buffetlibre DJs Rewind project claims another victim, this time Leeds ElectroPop dramatists Heads We Dance have only gone and covered Kraftwerk, ain’t they!

Heads We Dance – Computer Love (Kraftwerk Cover) (BL Rewind) (zShare) (MediaFire)

It’s quite a cool, fun, cover in HWD’s usual Electro/Disco style.

Pretty fitting for a band who’s entire catalogue appears to be about some form of machine lovin’ or other, including their 2008 ‘hit’ ‘Love In The Digital Age’

Heads We Dance – Love In The Digital Age (zShare) (MediaFire)

HWD’s clubby ElectroPop goodness is available now!

Heads We Dance @ Amazon