Saturday, 28 July 2012

SONG FOR TODAY: Neu! - Hallogallo

So last night BBC Four repeated their excellent Krautrock documentary 'Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany', including the likes of Kraftwerk, Can, Faust and the excellent Neu! While the second Neu! album still baffles me every time I hear it, here is the opening track from their superb self-titled debut album, released in 1972. You can watch the brilliant BBC documentary by scrlling down this page and clicking on the video or by going HERE within the next six days...

"Neu! was a German band formed by Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother after their split from Kraftwerk in the early 1970s. Though the band had minimal commercial success during its existence, Neu! are retrospectively considered one of the founding fathers of Krautrock and a significant influence on artists including David Bowie, Brian Eno, Iggy Pop, PiL, Joy Division, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Simple Minds, Negativland, Stereolab, Boredoms, Radiohead, The Horrors, Electrelane, and much of the current electronic music scene."

"The debut album was recorded in December 1971 at Windrose-Dumont-Time Studios, Hamburg, Germany, mixed at Star-Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, and released in 1972 by Brain Records. It was reissued by Grönland on May 29, 2001 and then licenced to Astralwerks for US distribution. This was Rother & Dinger's first recording together after they left Kraftwerk in 1971. They continued to work with Conny Plank, who had been producing the Kraftwerk recording sessions..."

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