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Future Days Krautrock Playlist

July 21, 2014 | by Faber Social

Tags: CAN, Krautrock, Playlist

Here’s a Spotify list as an appetite-whetter for my book Future Days: Krautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany. There are one or two notable omissions – Ash Ra Tempel for one, who aren’t available on Spotify, while early Kraftwerk, too, is sadly un-represented, perhaps in keeping with the group’s wish that we think of them as having began fully-formed with Autobahn. Apologies for that, but no apologies for privileging the ‘Werk, as well as Can, Faust, Neu!, etc, with multiple entries. However, some names may be less familiar – Günther Schickert is worth further investigation, as are early Guru Guru (who at their most extreme make Throbbing Gristle sound like Duran Duran) and the strange partnership that was Anima, who specialised in nudity and homemade instruments. Irmin Schmidt’s “Rapido De Noir”, a piece from 1981 made with Bruno Spoerri I include because it evokes for me the abiding, posthumous qualities of Krautrock – the ghost train riding on into the endless sunset. Meanwhile, a virtual bottle of Scnhapps and stereotypical plate of liverwurst to anyone who can spot the odd track out.

David Stubbs

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