6/8/16 – Kraftwerk – The Model – 1978/1981/1982

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Kraftwerk The Model Single SleeveThe Model was never actually intended to be a single in its English translation. Released as a single in Germany from the 1978 album Die Mensch-Maschine, the English language version only found its way onto a single as the B side to the title track from their following album Computer Love (1981) reaching No. 36 in The UK chart. Allegedly, against the band’s wishes the record label rereleased The Model as the A side in 1981. In February 1982 the song reached No.1 on the UK chart.

Sie ist ein Modell und sie sieht gut aus
Ich nähme sie heut’ gerne mit zu mir nach Haus
Sie wirkt so kühl, an sie kommt niemand ‘ran
Doch vor der Kamera, da zeigt sie was sie kann

Sie trinkt im Nachtklub immer Sekt (korrekt)
Und hat hier alle Männer abgecheckt
Im Scheinwerferlicht ihr junges Lächeln strahlt
Sie sieht gut aus, und Schönheit wird bezahlt

Sie stellt sich zu Schau für das Konsumprodukt
Und wird von millionen Augen angekuckt
Ihr neues Titelbild ist einfach Fabelhaft
Ich muss sie wiedersehen, ich weiss sie hat’s geschafft


She’s a model and she’s looking good
I’d like to take her home, that’s understood
She plays hard to get, she smiles from time to time
It only takes a camera to change her mind

She’s going out tonight, loves drinking just champagne
And she has been checking nearly all the men
She’s playing her game, and you can hear them say
She is looking good, for beauty we will pay

She’s posing for consumer products now and then
For every camera, she gives the best she can
I saw her on the cover of a magazine
Now she’s a big success, I want to meet her again






2 Responses to “6/8/16 – Kraftwerk – The Model – 1978/1981/1982”

  1. simone August 7, 2016 at 12:14 am #

    Being ahead of their time was both a blessing and a curse for Kraftwerk – appreciated only years after .The lyrics seemed like a novelty at the time and only hindsight allows us to acknowledge their worth fully. It seemed to make more sense in the early eighties pop scene world of Spandau Ballet, Gary Numan, Visage and Scary Monsters-era Bowie- futurists or New Romantics? In terms of the songs sound and subject, The Model was the exact point where the two intersected.

  2. delay plus chorus August 8, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    But for the vocals, it could be a B-side from the first Depeche Mode album — no mystery where the first iteration of that band got its sonic template.

    Meanwhile, for another spin, we have Big Black’s cover of the song, from a 7-inch single b/w a Cheap Trick cover. Albini and Co. done up as Kraftwerk and Trick for the sleeve always makes me smile:

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