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Trans-Europe Express

Trans-Europe Express
Kraftwerk
Released May, 1977
Capitol SW-11603
Made in US

Posted by peter on July 17, 2012 at 8.43pm in listening
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jodi: Hmm. . . starts kinda churchy!
2012.07.17 at 8.44pm · link ·
peter: I have a horrible confession to make. I recently switched from Miracle Whip to Hellmann's.
2012.07.17 at 8.44pm · link ·
jodi: Oh my ghod it just turned into something like Johnny Fever would play.
2012.07.17 at 8.45pm · link ·
peter: The cover of this LP has a portrait of the members that is airbrushed to make their skin look so smooth they are almost plastic. Funny how much less jarring that seems in the age of Photoshop.
2012.07.17 at 8.47pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Oh my ghod it just turned into something like Johnny Fever would play.

I don't hear any dogs.
2012.07.17 at 8.47pm · link ·
peter: Funny, that's a Pink Floyd reference in each post this evening. I wonder if we'll find an excuse to mention them again on the next one.
2012.07.17 at 8.49pm · link ·
jodi: Hey American friends, here is a fun fact for you: that stuff you call Kraft Macaroni and Cheese? Is called Kraft Dinner in Canada, because there are stricter rules about what you can call food and that orange stuff isn't close enough to cheese to be called cheese.

Apparently the government declines to dictate what can be called "dinner", however.
2012.07.17 at 8.50pm · link ·
peter: Europe Endless: I feel like I should be looking for the Triforce.
2012.07.17 at 8.51pm · link ·
jodi: Pink Floyd is one of those things we usually try to work into every session, as I recall. Like The Rheostatics, and Trailer Park Boys.

Actually there is probably something worth saying about The Rheostatics at some point during this record.
2012.07.17 at 8.52pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Europe Endless: I feel like I should be looking for the Triforce.

In that version where you have to play that goddamned flute.
2012.07.17 at 8.53pm · link ·
peter:
jodi:Actually there is probably something worth saying about The Rheostatics at some point during this record.

Yes, the lineage is direct and obvious.
2012.07.17 at 8.53pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Yes, the lineage is direct and obvious.

Hah, okay, you are being sarcastic. It is hard to tell online. Good thing we're actually sitting right next to one another.
2012.07.17 at 8.55pm · link ·
jodi: Youtube link -- > The Hall of Mirrors

Kind of a droner but I can see how I would be totally into it in a basement club somewhere. Maybe with some drugs in me, maybe not.
2012.07.17 at 8.58pm · link ·
jodi: Jeez they all sound like Legend of Zelda music now, thanks for that.
2012.07.17 at 8.59pm · link ·
peter: There's a great story in Synth Brittania (look for it on YouTube) about a concert these guys played somewhere in England in about 1975... I can't remember it well enough to tell it believably, but basically all of the 20 or so people in the audience went on to be 80s synth-pop bands. It might have been Bernard Sumner who told the story, actually, but again don't quote me on it.
2012.07.17 at 9.02pm · link ·
jodi: When we watched Synth Brittania I seriously thought it was going to change my life. It hasn't yet, but there's still time.
2012.07.17 at 9.04pm · link ·
peter: So droney electronics they might be, but arguably they're in Velvet Underground territory for impact factor.
2012.07.17 at 9.05pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: When we watched Synth Brittania I seriously thought it was going to change my life. It hasn't yet, but there's still time.

But it did. At the time.
2012.07.17 at 9.06pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: When we watched Synth Brittania I seriously thought it was going to change my life. It hasn't yet, but there's still time.

Although perhaps not as much as Prog Brittania
2012.07.17 at 9.06pm · link ·
jodi: Huh, it's Thursday nights at Notes circa 1988 AGAIN.

At least we know the next record won't be something that ever got played there.

(Thursday nights was the night at Notes when they played the kind of music the LGBTQ community liked to come and dance to. It was the only time the place was bearable to go to. And they always accepted my fake ID).
2012.07.17 at 9.07pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Although perhaps not as much as Prog Brittania

PROG BRITTANIA. We'll be talking about that in the next post, I think.
2012.07.17 at 9.08pm · link ·
jodi: It's time for side two but we are having technical difficulties. Not with the flipping it over part.

Ah, here we go!
2012.07.17 at 9.09pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Huh, it's Thursday nights at Notes circa 1988 AGAIN. At least we know the next record won't be something that ever got played there. (Thursday nights was the night at Notes when they played the kind of music the LGBTQ community liked to come and dance to. It was the only time the place was bearable to go to. And they always accepted my fake ID).

In 1987 I taped Astronomy Domine off Nightlines
2012.07.17 at 9.09pm · link ·
jodi: Now here is a song I recognize. I don't know that I've really listened to a lot of Kraftwerk OTHER than out at that dance bar, a million years ago.
2012.07.17 at 9.10pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: It's time for side two but we are having technical difficulties. Not with the flipping it over part. Ah, here we go!

The power to the turntable cut out just long enough for Tom to think I'm an idiot.
2012.07.17 at 9.10pm · link ·
peter: God, I can just picture all those earnest music nerds of the late 70s INTENSELY listening to this, their heads bobbing almost imperceptibly with the beat.
2012.07.17 at 9.13pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: In 1987 I taped Astronomy Domine off Nightlines

Funny it was probably around 1987 when I figured out that the record my dad could only play after I'd gone to bed because it sounded like monsters and terrified me (only it was actually worse that way because I was an insomniac kid and he never knew I was lying awake paralyzed with fear thinking the monsters were coming into my room through the hole I kicked in the wall plaster next to the bed) was in fact Ummagumma, specifically Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict.

Aye, me CLAYMORE.
2012.07.17 at 9.13pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: God, I can just picture all those earnest music nerds of the late 70s INTENSELY listening to this, their heads bobbing almost imperceptibly with the beat.

Whoa now I am trying SO HARD to keep my head still.
2012.07.17 at 9.14pm · link ·
peter: Careful with that pocket protector, Ralf.
2012.07.17 at 9.15pm · link ·
jodi: Trans-Europe Express (< -- youtube link)

So this must have been a big hit for them because even though I didn't think I listened to Kraftwerk that much, I know this song. Seemingly off by heart.
2012.07.17 at 9.17pm · link ·
Holly wouldn't: Loving what I'm hearing here in phog. Great album
2012.07.17 at 9.17pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Careful with that pocket protector, Ralf.

Probably there would be less screaming involved in this scenario.
2012.07.17 at 9.17pm · link ·
peter: So, when I actually slow down and listen to this, I think I can here what people heard. I mean, the people who liked and were influenced by it, of course.
2012.07.17 at 9.20pm · link ·
jodi:
Holly wouldn't: Loving what I'm hearing here in phog. Great album


Hi Holly! (pretending like we didn't already say hi and like I can't see you from where I'm sitting)
2012.07.17 at 9.20pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: So, when I actually slow down and listen to this, I think I can here what people heard. I mean, the people who liked and were influenced by it, of course.

I kind of want to go listen to this at home again later and then watch Synth Brittania again right after.
2012.07.17 at 9.22pm · link ·
jodi: And then maybe do the lying on the floor with the giant 70s headphones thing while listening to every New Order album we have.
2012.07.17 at 9.22pm · link ·
peter: I'm super bad at listening to lyrics, but there seems to be a theme running through Europe Endless, Trans-Europe Express, and perhaps others that don't mention Europe in the title. Musically, it's certainly like movements in a single, larger construct.
2012.07.17 at 9.24pm · link ·
peter: Guy at the bar just said, "So I'm doing my Ph.D at Waterloo", and I swear I thought he was going to tell a joke.
2012.07.17 at 9.26pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: I'm super bad at listening to lyrics, but there seems to be a theme running through Europe Endless, Trans-Europe Express, and perhaps others that don't mention Europe in the title. Musically, it's certainly like movements in a single, larger construct.

Well, this next one is called Metal on Metal. So it's easy to make the stretch to train tracks if you really want to go there.

Although? Remember we were listening to that Neil Young song, Look out for my Love, and there was that part about the runway and walkie talkies and flashlights and we thought maybe it was a plane crash and then we became convinced that it was about "the day the music died" (although far less schmaltzy than that other song about that)? Well I looked into that and we were just stoned and it's really about flying home to someone, like Four Strong Winds in reverse. I forget my point.
2012.07.17 at 9.28pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Guy at the bar just said, "So I'm doing my Ph.D at Waterloo", and I swear I thought he was going to tell a joke.

Ah I heard that too and assumed engineering (because that is the Ph.D my little brother got there) and so I thought he was going to sing something from Monty Python.
2012.07.17 at 9.29pm · link ·
jodi: FYI for those following along at home, it is a different Guy At The Bar. Although Guy At The Bar is universal, this is in fact not the same guy who sang along with New Order and stole one of my onion rings.
2012.07.17 at 9.30pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Well, this next one is called Metal on Metal. So it's easy to make the stretch to train tracks if you really want to go there. Although? Remember we were listening to that Neil Young song, Look out for my Love, and there was that part about the runway and walkie talkies and flashlights and we thought maybe it was a plane crash and then we became convinced that it was about "the day the music died". . .

That was you. I did think it was some kind of plane crash, but I deny agreeing there was any kind of Buddy Holly link.
2012.07.17 at 9.31pm · link ·

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