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Neu! is “cool”?!

September 14th, 2010

Chicago Tribune music critic claims that “Neu! is ‘cool’ 35 years after revolutionizing rock”.

Michael Rother says he’s not enough of a sociologist to explain the explosion of creativity in German underground music during the early ‘70s, when a host of innovative bands emerged: Kraftwerk, Faust, Amon Duul, Cluster, Can, and Neu!, the duo Rother formed with Klaus Dinger.

For Rother, the idea of becoming “cool” was never part of the plan.

“We never really wanted to be fashionable,” he says. “Exactly the opposite. We learned to concentrate on our own convictions. That’s how we survived. But all this acceptance is making it easier to present my music. There seems to be so much positive response to Neu’s music right now. I’m not going to complain about that.”

I have to admit that I was unaware that Neu! was somehow cool these days. Presumably they’re cool amongst fellow musicians as opposed to the general public because I think that, if you started asking people on the street who Neu! were, maybe 1 in 100 people would actually know. But it’s still nice to see folks getting some exposure to Krautrock.

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