KraftWEEK continues on The Afternoon Show, as I spotlight the recently remastered and reissued Kraftwerk albums that came out late last year, both as individual albums, and also as the box set 12345678: The Catalogue.
Today, I’m featuring their 1978 album, Trans-Europe Express. The band actually went out to train stations to collect sounds for the album, but decided “trains don’t sound very dancey,” so they (clearly!) changed it up a bit.
In the video clip below, the band traveled from Dusseldorf to Duisburg, and photo stills from that video were used on the “Showroom Dummies” single. To help promote the album, EMI Records actually found an old fashioned train from the 1930’s, and sent music critics on a trip from Paris to Rheims with the album playing overhead! (Man, I’d love to read an interview with one of those critics!)
You can also find out more about Kraftwerk in the KEXP Documentary series “Pop Goes Electronic,” in the On Demand section at KEXP.ORG.