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Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express Lyrics. Trans-Europe Express Trans-Europe Express Meet Iggy Pop and David Bowie Trans-Europe Express Trans-Europe . Trans-Europe Express. Kraftwerk Meet Iggy Pop and David Bowie Trans- Europe Express Trans-Europe Trans-Europa Express by Kraftwerk. Music Video. Mar 1, In an interview for Uncut in , Bowie did credit Kraftwerk for and David Bowie and Iggy Pop spent a few years in Berlin in the late My attention had been swung back to Europe with the release of Kraftwerk's Autobahn in . Meet the makeup artists who transformed David Bowie, Divine, Tim.
Until the mids, Kraftwerk had always been ahead of the game with their sounds and their subject; now the world was catching up. The lyric also belies the bewitching nature of fame and surface gloss, an appropriate sentiment for the decade that was flashily unfurling.
Tour de France Kraftwerk are often dismissed as faceless automatons, but the presence of the human being in their songs is essential to their DNA. In The Hall of Mirrorseven the greatest stars find themselves in the looking glass. In Computer Lovelonely people stare at the TV screen, longing for a rendezvous. In Tour de Francethe human breath drives the song, fast, hard and strong.
A borderline obsessive cyclist by the early 80s, he suffered a fractured skull after falling from his bike in and was in hospital for several days. John Harris tried to glean more details for the Guardian in Released on 7in, 12in and cassette, and originally planned to be released on Electric Cafeno definitive edition of this gleaming track exists.
This remaster, however, is a slick, fast favourite. We kind of took them seriously, but we kind of laughed as well. Not at it, but because the music had a kind of innocent quality which was very fetching, and a deadpan humour as well.
Bowie himself was dressed in austere monochrome, the only flash of colour his swept back red hair and a glimpse of the pale blue packet of French Gitanes cigarettes that he kept in the pocket of his black waistcoat.
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It was, I think, the most imaginative lighting of a rock concert I have ever seen. Kraftwerk, as we will see, have said no to so many ideas, to so many people, and for so long, that rejection, dismissal and moving forward only through a process of rejection is without question their guiding philosophy.
It is the same policy that they use today, to be absolutely on their own. Nothing completely influenced by other music styles, cultures, instruments, sounds or countries … We had to be on our own, self-referential.
That was their decision. It would, in all probability, have broken Kraftwerk globally.
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Bowie, in effect, still used Kraftwerk as tour support. Either way, both would become key elements in the work of the most commercially successful female singer of all time. Perhaps more than any of the other songs Bowie was writing at the time, this was the one most influenced by Kraftwerk — it was slow, jarring, a mix of the freedom of funk and the robotic discipline of the synth.
I like that idea, if you have to play music. When we arrived there was Bowie, Iggy Pop and their court, and when Ralf and Florian walked in they received a five-minute standing ovation. Iggy Pop was gazing devotedly at them, he completely adored them.
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He was travelling by Mercedes, listening to nothing but Autobahn all the time. We should co-produce with just him [Wolfgang says this as if it was the clear message they were getting from Bowie at that time]. He wanted to produce his next album with Kraftwerk.
I was not invited to these meetings: In the end, finally, they decided against co-productions; and they have their reasons. We loved him [David Bowie], and he loved us.
He is a very mild man, he is an educated man. He has a very good aura, fantastic. We went to Frankfurt to see the Station To Station tour. It was so super-good with the wall of neon lights. The preponderance of electronic instruments convinced me that this was an area that I had to investigate a little further. Most of it lazy analyses I believe. Theirs was a controlled, robotic, extremely measured series of compositions, almost a parody of minimalism. One had the feeling that Florian and Ralf were completely in charge of their environment, and that their compositions were well prepared and honed before entering the studio.Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk) "Trans Europe Express" High Quality (Live in Tallinn 2010)