Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ROCK Sex: Kraftwerk>Trouble Funk> Afrika Bambaataa> New Order

ROCK Sex is about how the sliquid nature of culture involves everyone. Today's example is how the relay baton of a musical idea moves easily between supposedly different music movements.

In the mid-70's, the german progressive group Kraftwerk had the masterstroke idea of becoming robots, making robotic music for the future. As 'anti-Rock' as this seemed, it was one of the most influential strategies and sound revolutions in Rock history. Countless doors were opened by this move...

KRAFTWERK -"TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS" (1977)



The Washington D.C. scene in the early 80's was dominated by GoGo, a heavily percussive funk with horns and synths. The prime band Trouble Funk intersected with Kraftwerk on this anthemic cover...

TROUBLE FUNK -"TROUBLE FUNK EXPRESS" (1981)




The New York music scene between 1975 and 1982 was a hotbed of colliding styles -including the original Punk, HipHop, NoWave, PunkFunk, World Dub, Disco, Mutant Disco, and Noize Jazz. One of the originators of HipHop, Afrika Bambaataa ushered in Electro (which he called Electro Funk) with his merging of Rap and Kraftwerk...

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA -"PLANET ROCK" (1983)




When the postpunk band Joy Division suffered the loss of their leader, the remaining members became New Order, trading Manchester, England's grey factories for the excitement of the New York scene. They worked with rising 12" remix producer Arthur Baker on this classic track which extends the spirit of the Kraftwerk idea...

NEW ORDER -"BLUE MONDAY" (1983)



There are tributaries from this linking to New Wave, Darkwave, Coldwave, Industrial, Synth Funk, GoGo Funk, Techno, Rave, Jungle, and Electronica. But water is water...bask in it all.

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