YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Negativeland
LINEUP: Michael Rother, Klaus Dinger
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An early Kraftwerk offshoot records an album that has become known in underground circles as an inspiration for several avant-garde artists.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The “Motorik” beat, an unwavering 4/4 drum pattern with the occasional crash or smash cymbals, became the beat for Krautrock and other early electronic bands, and it was first heard here on “Hallogallo”, the leadoff track for this duo of Kraftwerk refugees.
Recording with Conny Plank, this record by Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger became a touchstone for future experimental musicians and a backbone of the Krautrock movement. Yet only two tracks (“Hallogallo” and “Negativeland”) seemed straightforward as far as an actual song goes – the other material was mostly electronic or tape-related doodling.
It may have been influential, but I think most people just stick to the two tracks with the Motorik beat. I know I am.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Negativeland, the notorious sonic pranksters, took their name from the track on this album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: It’s ‘important’, and mostly boring.