RHEINGOLD were at the forefront of Die Neue Deutsche Welle, achieving their first domestic hit ‘3klangsdimensionen’ in 1981. Led by Bodo Staiger, the band also featured his now-wife Brigitte Staiger and Lothar Manteuffel.
And now comes ‘Im Lauf Der Zeit’, translated as “over time”, a brand new RHEINHOLD album that features a significant number of instrumentals but also lyrics by Karl Bartos, Uli Luciano and Brigitte Staiger alongside music played and produced by Bodo Staiger. Continue Reading ›
Michael Rother has kept the legacy of NEU! alive playing concerts all over the world. With a sold-out appearance earlier in the year under his belt, he returned to perform again in London.
While the NEU! catalogue is comparatively small, their sound has helped shape acts such as ULTRAVOX, OMD, SIMPLE MINDS and VISAGE. Their music also featured on the playlists of The Blitz Club, so it was appropriate that the evening opened with a DJ set from Rusty Egan. Continue Reading ›
Released to coincide with ‘ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School Of Electronic Music’, the book by Rudi Esch about the city’s music heritage, ‘ELECTRI_CITY 2’ gathers together some of the more accessible elements of Deutsche Elektronische Musik, Kosmische and Neue Deutsche Welle.
A deluxe 2CD edition ‘ELECTRI_CITY 1_2’. adds the first volume that came out alongside the book. Issued by Grönland Records, think of it as a direct journey of discovery, but with the benefit of a local tour guide as well. Continue Reading ›
It was at Conny’s Studio just outside of Cologne that a number of landmark recordings were completed, notably KRAFTWERK’s ‘Autobahn’ and ULTRAVOX’s ‘Vienna’. The studio was the operational centre of engineer and producer Konrad Plank.
As well as studio work, CONNY PLANK was an active musician. He leaves an important musical legacy. The Electricity Club looks back at eighteen of his works, with a restriction of one track per album project… Continue Reading ›
In ‘ELECTRI_CITY - Elektronische_Musik_Aus_Düsseldorf’, Rudi Esch gives an eyewitness account of how the Düsseldorf electronic scene developed from 1970 to 1986. Andy McCluskey was interviewed by Esch for the book.
With a version in Englisch retitled 'ELECTRI_CITY - The Düsseldorf School of Electronic Music' on the way, the pair discussed a variety of records at last year's ELECTRI_CITY_CONFERENCE for The ELECTRI_CITY Show. Continue Reading ›