[KRAFTWERK] revisionism?

Toby Frith Toby.Frith at telegraph.co.uk
Fri Feb 4 16:06:08 CET 2005

You can see further proof of this in the Kraftwerk live set up. One could argue that there is a hierarchy in trad. rock bands through the placing of various band members (i.e the singer at the front in the middle) and in the instruments themselves. Unless a bass guitarist is the singer, he's always going to be less of a focus than a lead guitarist for example.

With Kraftwerk all musicians are in a row, with the prominent founders to the sides, more like a string quartet. The musical equipment itself is also nondescript in appearance, thus removing this fascination with the details of instrumentation. There's a great dichotomy in that because as we all know, Kraftwerk are the masters of nerd-like fascination with equipment.

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Sent: 04 February 2005 14:29
To: Klaus.Zaepke at gmx.net; kraftwerk at activerecord.com
Subject: Re: [KRAFTWERK] revisionism?

 --- Klaus Zaepke <Klaus.Zaepke at gmx.net> skrev: 
> > Schneider said in an interview in Rolling Stone in
> > july 1975:
> > "Kraftwerk is not a band. It´s a concept. We call
> it
> > the human machine. We are not the band. I am me.
> Ralf
> > is Ralf. And Kraftwerk is a vehicle for our ideas"
> > I know its a pretensious quote but I do belive
> that
> > this is how they see Kraftwerk.
> On the other hand, their faces are dominantly
> displayed on all
> album sleeves from "Trans Europe Express" onwards,
> and their
> faces are a dominant factor in most of their promo
> videos and
> promo photos. If Kraftwerk is really just an
> abstract concept for
> them, why do they associate this concept so strongly
> with their
> faces?...

Yes Klaus you can turn it around like that. But on the
other hand and this is interesting - even hardcore
fans sometimes mix up both Ralf with Florian as well
as Bartos with Flür... and the two new guys - who
nows!? except abcvitamin :-)
And yes there have always been a big focus on their
faces but not since 1978 have there been an actuall
photo of their faces on the covers. Just images of
their robots and digital 3D images etc.
To me the concept of changing the faces on the cover
of TdF becomes a way of focusing on the group and not
on the individual - but as you say Klaus - this could
of course be read as the exact opposite.

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