Episode #2930

Kraftwerk Re-Covered

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

For this New Sounds program, it's a step beyond your pocket calculator -we'll hear all sorts of arrangements of Kraftwerk songs. There'll be an acoustic version of "The Mirror Stage" featuring lutenist Josef van Wissem and guitarist Gary Lucas. Plus, music from Joby Burgess/Powerplant along with a live performance of "Das Model" by Theo Bleckmann. From string quartet to accordions, it's an hour of inventive takes on the pioneering band's German pop.

PROGRAM # 2930, Kraftwerk Re-Covered (First aired on Wed. 4/29/09)






Computer World

Computer Love [2:00]

Elektra/Warner 3549 Available at* as an import.

Balanescu String Quartet


Computer Love [5;30]

Elektra 61421
Out of print.

Theo Bleckmann

Live on Soundcheck, April 2003

The Model [3:30]

This performance not commercially available. Theo’s site is:

Trio Fratres


The Model [2:30]

AcLab (Alba ABCD 140)
Write to to order the CD

Joby Burgess/Powerplant


Radioactivity [6:00]

Signum UK SGK 143 Available at
Joby's Myspace: powerplantjobyburgess

Gary Lucas & Josef van Wissem


The Mirror Stage [5:00]

BVHaast 0103

Gary Lucas

Paradiso (Live in Amsterdam)

Autobahn [3:30]

Oxygen Music Works Omwcd11 Info at


Minimum Maximum

Autobahn [1:30]

Astralwerks 60611-2 (double CD) Available at*

Jason Moran


Planet Rock (Trans-Europe Express) [6:00]

Blue Note #39838

Trio Fratres


Computer Love [3:30]

See above.


Minimum Maximum

Pocket Calculator [1:00]

See above.

Comments [4]

Keep Werking from London,UK

There are other covers of Kraftwerk songs that have been given other names. And other tracks that have used Kraftwerk melodies .. take a listen to Coldplays "Talk"

John, If you take a listen to your broadcast at 49:24, you clearly state "... a very distinctive rift from the German trio Kraftwerk ...". I suspect "Trio" slipped in becuase of the next track.

Mistakes do happen ;o))

A great show by the way!

Keep Werking

May. 08 2009 07:52 AM
John Schaefer from WNYC

Yes, the Mirror Stage IS a cover of "Hall of Mirrors" - not sure why they changed the name but I thought I'd mentioned it. Guess not...

I'm pretty sure I would NOT have called Kraftwerk a trio. I did call the Trio Fratres a trio, for obvious reasons, but listening back to the show, I don't hear any reference to Kraftwerk themselves as anything but a "band." (They sort of are a trio nowadays, so I was deliberately being vague on the issue.)


May. 07 2009 04:57 PM
Keep Werking from London,UK

The track "The Mirror Stage" is a cover of Kraftwerk's "The Hall of Mirrors".

Kraftwerk do not have a track entitled "The Mirror Stage" as is stated in the program.

Also in the program it is stated that Kraftwerk are a "trio". This, of course, is incorrect. They are a "quartet".

Keep Werking

May. 07 2009 08:14 AM
Tom X. Chao from East Village, NY

Balanescu Quartet's "Possessed" CD contained some non-Kraftwerk covers, including "Hanging Upside-Down" by David Byrne.

Apr. 29 2009 11:19 PM

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