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Saturday, September 13, 2008

NEU! : Isi (1975)

R.I.P. Klaus Dinger (1946 - 2008)
One of the founders of the Kraut-rock band Neu! died of heart failure on Mar. 21, 2008.
Here's some of the obit:
In the Seventies heyday of German experimental rock – a once-maligned genre dubbed "Krautrock" – the musician Klaus Dinger pioneered a hypnotic, robotic style of drumming which became known as the "motorik" beat.
Dinger drummed on Kraftwerk's eponymous début album in 1970 before co-founding the group Neu! with the guitarist Michael Rother, who had briefly been a member of Kraftwerk. Dinger also played guitar and keyboards and formed La Düsseldorf in the mid-Seventies. The recordings of Neu! and La Düsseldorf inspired the soundscapes of Low, Heroes and Lodger, the trilogy of albums recorded by David Bowie in the late Seventies with Brian Eno, who said: "There were three great beats in the 1970s: Fela Kuti's Afrobeat, James Brown's funk and Klaus Dinger's Neu! beat."

This track shows the pulsing 'motorik' beat that Dinger was known for. The song is more 'easy-on-the-ears' compared to some of the group's other sonic experiments, but the sound seems almost modern even by today's standards.

Song : "Isi"
From the LP "NEU! '75" (Brain) Feb. 1975

Klaus Dinger : Japanese banjo, drums, guitar, voice
Michael Rother : guitar, deh-guitar, bass, double bass

Get it here : Isi

1 comment:

Dana said...

I LOVE this song! Want to hear more NEU!

Cool beat.