This week’s genre is a bit different. Until Sunday our Musical Adventure is focussing on Krautrock, a genre of experimental electronic music that emerged from Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This is the first genre we’ve explored that was not based in the UK or USA, but Krautrock is/was not really recognised as a genre in its native Germany. In fact, prominent Krautrockers Faust once said:
“When the English people started talking about Krautrock, we thought they were just taking the piss…”
Although the kraut part was a bit of a joke, the music press that coined the term were not really taking the piss. However much the original German artists protest its absurdity, Krautrock is considered a valid genre by many in the UK; Dave even thought it important enough to include on the Music Tree (or is that just because he loves Berlin?). Either way, during Krautrock week we will be listening to Kraftwerk’s 1978 album The Man-Machine. Enjoy!