The Tor Guides

Into the future with Düsseldorfs finest

In Classic rock, Okategoriserade on 1 May, 2011 at 02:06

From station to station back to Dusseldorf City
Meet Iggy Pop and David Bowie

Every now and then I and a couple of friends get together to play a pop quiz. We started this wonderful activity more than 20 years ago and it´s somehow become an important life line to hold on to, especially during the dark winter evenings. We now blog together – in Swedish, though, at Popgeni – and even promote concerts, the latest (as well as the first) by American folk singer Otis Gibbs.

Some years ago we nominated songs for an all time top hits list of our own. We started the countdown but I´m not sure if we ever got through all nominations. One evening had us all listening and voting on Max Romeo´s frivolous Wet Dream as well as some soon-to-be-forgotten songs by Manic Street Preachers. I believe that Beatles´ She Loves You came out on top of the list that specific evening. But I might also be mistaken…

Anyway, one of my own nominees that evening was the always interesting Kraftwerk and their magnificent Trans Europe Express. One tends to think of Beatles, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane as the innovators modern music but I´d say that Kraftwerk changed the landscape and sound scape of modern music in an equal fashion.

There are numerous songs in the Kraftwerk canon that may stand next to anything else in pop music but this one has always been one of my all time favorites – straight into the future on Trans Europe Express or Trans Europa Express as it was originally titled.



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