Telex – Haven’t We Met Somewhere Before?

I only know about Telex cos my mate who worked at WH Smiths with me lent me their album ‘Birds And Bees’ (called ‘Sex’ everywhere else, apparently).

I knew nothing about the band, it was 1982, who knew anything about musicians back then? If they weren’t in Smash Hits or on the Oxford Road Show – nada.

I fell in love with the mystery of the band and of this album, which sounds like a synthpop soundtrack for a film noir. The production stands up now, forty years after it was made. It remains one of my favourite ever albums. I didn’t even know then it was a collaboration with the equally awesome Sparks.

I’m gonna rip off the Telex sound as much as is humanly possible.

Come and get me, coppers! NYAH!

Auf Wiedersehen, Florian

(Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52564281)

Without Kraftwerk, we wouldn’t have music as we know it now. Sounds like hyperbole but they were that influential. Everyone from Bowie to Bambaataa, post-punk to hip hop, right up to this week’s chart pop. All music now is electronic music, it’s simply a question of to what degree.

I was lucky enough to see them live in Nottingham three years ago and it was one of the most moving gigs I’ve seen in my entire life. I won’t repeat what I said in my review of that gig – what could I add?

How do you sum up a band that has been an inspiration to you in every way, not just musically but philosophically, aesthetically… bloody everything.

Kraftwerk have had various lineups but I can’t really think of them as being Kraftwerk without Florian. I do hope they carry on but I think Florian’s sense of humour, his playfulness and Death-Valley-dry quips will be missed.

Auf Wiedersehen, Florian. Thank you for changing the world. <3

You Want A 1996-Themed Alternative Music Card? You Got It!

Just in case the tweet disappears, here’s the card that Emma Jackson (yes, THAT Emma Jackson!) found:

I reckon it was compiled from Mark And Lard playlists of 1996 as that’s a pretty wild mixture of bands / styles.

Seeing White Town on it is really very, very strange!

EDIT!!!

This just in from Emma herself:

Which is even better as I swear I don’t remember being in a John Peel Festive Fifty ever… though Crimbo of ’96 is when I was signing to EMI so everything was completely mental back then.