I found a quiet table and as I began to soak up some of the afternoon’s beer with something stodgy, a small group of men joined me at the table. They seemed quite unassuming and proceeded to eat with precision, perhaps quasi-mechanical efficiency, and good manners.
The German accents and the braces that they all wore suddenly hit home: “My God! I’m sitting at the same table as Kraftwerk!” No glamour, no massive entourage and hardly a word said. In fact, if my memory serves me correctly, the highlight was when one of them had extra pudding.
The best No 1 records: Kraftwerk – The Model.
Being ahead of their time was both a blessing and a curse for Kraftwerk. It meant that many of their greatest moments were properly appreciated only years after they first appeared. Hence, when they heralded the appearance of 1981’s Computer World album with the release of Computer Love, the song’s lyrics – about finding romance through the impassive interface of a flickering screen – seemed like something of a novelty. Only hindsight allows us to acknowledge their prescience fully. The same prescience was also a key factor in Computer World being upstaged by its B-side. Though it originally appeared on 1978’s The Man Machine, The Model.