The development of modern German pop music represents a cultural insight to the history of post-war Germany, reflecting its political developments and sociological changes. It is also emerging as a new field of academic study thanks to the worldwide success of KRAFTWERK who were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2014.
As an aid to scholars, teachers and students, Dr Uwe Schütte has compiled ‘German Pop Music – A Companion’. Over the University vacation period, Dr Uwe Schütte kindly chatted to The Electricity Club about his overview of German pop music… More Inside ›
Over the last six years, The Electricity Club has written a large number of features that fall outside of the standard interview or review format.
Articles have included new artist introductions, lost albums, song listings based around a variety of topics, beginner’s guides on highly regarded personalities and TEC’s tongue-in-cheek Carry On Synthpop series. These Transmissions have been archived on a page in reverse chronological order. More inside ›
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APOPTYGMA BERZERK’s Stephan Groth has experimented with many a metamorphosis. But it has to be said that he is at his best while “emulating the analogue soundscapes of innovators like KRAFTWERK, TANGERINE DREAM, JEAN-MICHEL JARRE, VANGELIS and KLAUS SCHULZE, and the driving motorik Krautrock rhythms of NEU!”. With ‘Exit Popularity Contest’, APOP reinvents its core […] More Inside ›
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 […] More Inside ›
DAS BLAUE PALAIS is the project of Düsseldorf based music veteran and Bellerophon Records co-founder Jochen Oberlack. His aim was “to mash up Elektronische Musik and Krautrock – but straight from the view out of 2015, just to create a hybrid somewhere between HARMONIA, NEU! and LA DÜSSELDORF!” Competent in guitar and drums, synthesizers, VSTs […] More Inside ›