70s robot pop


“In 1974 ‘Autobahn’ represented a metaphorical journey speeding the listener away from the recent past – a high velocity transit away from the horrors of Nazism and World War II… It took a band as forward-looking as Kraftwerk to rescue the liberating nature of the autobahn back from the Third Reich. As soon as you hear the classic pop refrain “Wir fahr’n, fahr’n, fahr’n auf der autobahn” (“We are driving, driving, driving on the autobahn”) you realise that Kraftwerk have won an important victory. The song is as much a riposte to the previous generation as it is a nod of respect to The Beach Boys and American road music.”

– John Doran, The Quietus

and also why Kraftwerk is no longer the force it used to be.

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