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Future Days: a Krautrock playlist by David Stubbs

June 25, 2018 | 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 unrepresented, perhaps in keeping with the group’s wish that we think of them as having began fullyformed 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 – Günter 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.

I include Irmin Schmidt’s ‘Rapido De Noir’, a piece from 1981 made with Bruno Spoerri, 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 Schnapps and stereotypical plate of liverwurst to anyone who can spot the odd track out.

Listen to David Stubbs’s Future Days playlist


David Stubbs is the author of Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany, which is published in paperback this month. His forthcoming novel, Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music, is published by Faber in August 2018. 

This article was originally published in July 2014.