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.
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