7/8/16 – Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express – 1977

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Trans Europe Express was the first album by Kraftwerk that I knew well. It seems that in those days Europe was a rather glamorous place, still is as far as I’m concerned and despite those that wish to leave the European community selling the idea that Britain is better off on its own, for me culturally it simply isn’t.

I am currently in Bochum, Kraftwerk’s home town of Dusseldorf is just 30 miles away. Today I busked using a nylon string guitar and with a German clown from Dresden and a German violinist from Bonn. A Turkish man in a wheelchair stopped when I was singing Frightened Just Because Of You. “Schön” he said handing me a 10 Euro note as the violin echoed through the city and the laughing and dancing, the red nose, the balloons and the squeaky toys enticed the children, making them laugh and marvel at the spectacle of performance and music on a hot afternoon in the centre of the city.

Am I going to need a visa to do this in the future? Two policemen and a police woman climbed out of a police car near to where we were, they ignored us offering no warnings or sympathetic smiles. Will they be checking my papers in 2 years?

I love Europe and all it has given to Britain in cultural aesthetic export, like Asia and the Americas and beyond. From food to music, dance, film, the mysteries of language and tradition and although borders don’t stop these things from penetrating the shore line, I feel sharing the best of all of us is more appealing than a totally British Britain where we only celebrate our Britishness.Of course it won’t be only that, it’s already multi-cultural, but I never felt intimidated by the influx of foreign people, I considered it an advantage. I know there’s more to it than the immigration question but my perspective is about what we can learn from other cultures that live amongst us. Kraftwerk could never have been English, they needed to be German. We should be grateful for them bothering to translate lyrics into English, we owe them an artistic debt. Their influence is immeasurable, they led the way, we followed. It’s rather sad to no longer share a cultural brotherhood with different influences and customs on this fascinating continent.

Trans Europe Express was written by Ralf Hütter and Emil Schult. Hütter an original member of the band wrote the music with the lyric by Hütter and Emil Schult. Schult a German poet, painter and visual artist became a collaborator with Kraftwerk in the seventies and designed various album covers, wrote words and did the lights. An interesting character from behind the scenes, click the link below to read more about him.

In the meantime, I’m moving to Germany.

Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express

Rendezvous on Champs-Elysees
Leave Paris in the morning on T.E.E.
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express

In Vienna we sit in a late-night cafe
Straight connection, T.E.E.
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express

From station to station
Back to Dusseldorf City
Meet Iggy Pop and David Bowie
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express
Trans-Europe Express

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraftwerk

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraftwerk_(Band)

http://www.kraftwerk.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Europe_Express_(song)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Europe_Express_(album)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Schult

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One Response to “7/8/16 – Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express – 1977”

  1. keith23 August 7, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

    I was lucky enough to have a good friend whose older brother was in the American Navy in the late 70’s early 1980’s and was stationed all around Europe and would send home (to Georgia, USA) all the great music he was discovering. Of course, one of the records he sent back was Kraftwerk’s Trans Europe Express. How incredibly exotic it seemed to me at the time (i was 14 or 15 yrs old). I remember how we would listen with headphones with our lyric sheet in hand and would attempt to decipher the instruments being used and the production methods employed.
    a few years later when Computer World was released in the US, it some how was somehow discovered by a contingent of my African American friends (before Hip Hop made it’s mark) who would blast it in their car stereos with the bass turned up as high or higher than their speakers could handle. It was quite a strange site to see and hear. “I am the Operator with my Pocket Calculator”. My 10 year old son has recently became fascinated by the medium of “vinyl”, and to my surprise one of his favorites is Computer World. I can see in him the same curiosity and pure enjoyment than I experienced upon my first listening to the same records. I guess my dreams now beat through his heart and I feel extremely lucky to get to experience it all over again as new as he is discovering all types of great music.
    Thanks again MWP for “bringing it all back home”, wait, that’s another record in itself. peace and love

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