Thursday, May 07, 2020

Song of the Day: 'The Model' by Kraftwerk

I was just noting how Kraftwerk's "The Model" and Gary Numan's "Cars" were two of the first New Wave songs many of us ever heard, and now comes word that the German synth outfit's co-founder Florian Schneider has exited stage left.

In a statement, Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hütter confirms "the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday."

Billboard writes that Schneider formed the influential group and multimedia project with Hütter in 1970. Kraftwerk -- with its use of electronic instruments that included homemade and custom-built devices -- has been widely credited with pioneering electronic music and influencing various genres across the musical spectrum, including hip-hop, synthpop and rock with their soundscapes, experimentation and technical innovations.

While his passing has stirred up a lot of gossip -- no, he did not quit Kraftwerk during a heated argument over a bicycle pump -- I think we can all agree that the band's influence will live on forever.

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