Robot at Rest
May 6, 2020 1:28 PM   Subscribe

 
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Three favorites:
Tour de France
Boing Boom Tschak
Airwaves

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save the fish

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Endless
posted by niicholas at 2:19 PM on May 6 [2 favorites]


So sad. Here's Ralf und Florian inventing techno in 1970 in front of a mostly befuddled audience.
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And in meehawl's link, there's a dude who looks just like Heino at 15:05. (It probably isn't.)
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posted by Pendragon at 2:30 PM on May 6


Rest in beeps, Florian.
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And, I think, previously live from Earth and space. (whoops, this is a double, sorry OP and mods)
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 2:46 PM on May 6


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I was fortunate enough to see Kraftwerk live three times, and those were some of the best concerts, I have attended.
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posted by w0mbat at 2:49 PM on May 6 [1 favorite]


Robot at Rest

human after all.



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For some reason, my father bought The Man Machine on vinyl when it came out. It was most definitely Not Music He'd Be Into, so I feel like he was talked into it by a record store clerk.

Regardless, it's how I first came to hear Kraftwerk, and I found the cover art oddly compelling as a kid.

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Boop boop be boop.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 3:46 PM on May 6 [3 favorites]


So much good music.

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posted by carter at 3:51 PM on May 6 [2 favorites]


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Hard to overstate their influence on multiple genres of music.
posted by p3t3 at 3:54 PM on May 6 [3 favorites]


That's right: the John Cleese one.

My favorite version of The Robots

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I'll be honest: I usually really hate the "moment of silence" dots in obit threads. But here, scrolling through the tall stack of them at the start of the thread makes for a pulsing motorik sort of pattern, so this time I'll allow it.
posted by ardgedee at 4:22 PM on May 6 [13 favorites]


I finally got to see them just a couple of years ago. Standing on the shoulders of giants.
posted by Capybara at 4:34 PM on May 6


::sigh::

I just watched this last night. He plays his homemade electronic flute here, and it's the last time, I think, he used any instrument like that in his work with the band. It's fascinating, the whole performance.

Resten in Frieden, Herr Schneider-Esleben.

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posted by dogstoevski at 4:49 PM on May 6


Here's Ralf und Florian inventing techno in 1970 in front of a mostly befuddled audience.

This is one of those bizarre crypto-anachronism things, or whatever the term is for two things you’d normally think of as products of entirely different eras existing at the same moment. Like the story about how the last wooly mammoths died after the first pyramids were built. It is hard to imagine Kraftwerk inventing techno music in front of that clearly bewildered crowd before it could be recorded in colour.
posted by mhoye at 5:04 PM on May 6 [12 favorites]


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My introduction to the band was, likely not uncommonly for my age cohort, via PBS. I played tons of Kraftwerk on my college radio station in the late 90s. And this was one of the concerts we were planning to go to this year, finally, after years of this music being formative for me and so many 80s nerd children.
posted by cobaltnine at 5:06 PM on May 6 [1 favorite]


I raise my pocket calculator in respect.
posted by Beholder at 5:26 PM on May 6 [5 favorites]


This is one of those bizarre crypto-anachronism things, or whatever the term is for two things you’d normally think of as products of entirely different eras existing at the same moment. Like the story about how the last wooly mammoths died after the first pyramids were built. It is hard to imagine Kraftwerk inventing techno music in front of that clearly bewildered crowd before it could be recorded in colour.

Past and future colliding.
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(That Lester Bangs interview where their fave bands are MC5 & Iggy & The Stooges)
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Huge fans of The Ramones as well, which when you think about it makes total sense.
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Bowie's tribute from "Heroes", "V-2 Schneider".

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My first exposure to Kraftwerk was watching the older kids in my suburban Minneapolis neighborhood attempting to breakdance to 'Tour de France' around 1984 or so. I never attempted to dance to them, but young me loved listening to them any chance I got.

The other big dance track I remember from that time (aside from anything by Prince, of course) was 'Rockit' by Herbie Hancock, who'd clearly been influenced by Kraftwerk a lot by that point.
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posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:01 PM on May 6


Man-Machine was such a formative album for me from my high school years.

Among the many live music shows I am mourning in the current times is the Kraftwerk show in June for which I have tickets. It will be postponed until some future time when we can gather again. Schneider wasn't playing with them, for sure, but I was really looking forward to the show.

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The discovery of the very existence of Kraftwerk, and the Man Machine album, were just . . . unbelievably important to my early teen discovery of music and self and taste. Even though nothing I create sounds anything like them.
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I gotta highlight the Stop Plastic Pollution link above, as Florian wears a suit made of plaid plastic rice bags and does a robot dance and talks more than I’ve ever heard him.
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