Trans-European Hot Tubs
Dubbed "The Beatles of electronic dance music" by The New York Times in 1997, Dusseldorf-based band Kraftwerk pioneered the genre, and some see them as the grandfathers of techno… and they did it without computers! From the most obscure indie rock to the most mainstream pop, and even hip-hop, all across the board, most music bears the impression of their invention; and by invention (i.e. materializing something out of thin air), Kraftwerk didn’t just pioneer a genre. Until the moment “Autobahn” hit the airwaves in the autumn of 1974, nothing like it had ever existed. Let’s dive into the mammoth 40-year reign of Kraftwerk and their impact on music.
What we geek out over in this episode: Well, Joe & Toby didn’t exactly ‘geek out’ over their least favorite music genre - Electro-Pop - but here’s a few highlights that YOU might geek over… Tranzmusik, Hot Tub Time Machine (the movie), Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Forces’s Planet Rock (1982), Coldplay’s Talk (2005), Timbaland’s Bounce (2007) featuring Dr. Dre, Justin Timberlake & Missy Elliot, Blue Monday (1983) by New Order, Leave Home (1995) by The Chemical Brothers and Redman and Method Man collab How High (remix) (1995).
Bonus Material: Favorite 80’s synth television theme songs! You know Knight Rider (1986) is on the docket for this one… ENJOY!