Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fun Fun Fun Auf Der Autobahn

For no reason at all, a 70s tune popped into my head last weekend... and would not get out!
das album Autobahn
Wouldn't have been so bad if the tune had lyrics (or at least lyrics I could sing!) but it was early techno, called Autobahn, by an electronic band Kraftwerk. Remember it? Mainly instrumental with some German lyrics, the main refrain being "Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn" ("We drive drive drive on the Autobahn"). But the chorus was often mistaken for "Fun fun fun on the Autobahn"...
Its repetitious keyboards were meant to capture the feel of motorway driving: today it sounds a bit dull - yet in 1974 the single version was #5 in USA and Canada, UK #4, and #7 in NZ and their home country of Germany. The album version lasted over 22 minutes, the entire first side of the LP.
Kraftwerk's music directly influenced many popular artists from many diverse genres: Gary Numan, Ultravox, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Human League, Depeche Mode, Visage, Soft Cell, Joy Division and New Order to name a few. Kraftwerk influenced other forms of music like hip-hop, house, drum and bass, and they're also regarded as pioneers of the electro genre.
So, nearly 40yrs on, even if we can't sing it correctly, we can still have fun fun fun on the autobahn...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG I remember this! My brother had the single and he played it over and over. It was sooooo monotonous! Then he got the album and the long side was even MORE boring! LOL

Liz Clark said...

I used ot have that album not sure what happened to it. But I do have Ultravox Vienna THE classic album of the New Romantics and teh Visage Albums as well.

For me "Lost again" by Yello is still my favourite. Even better when it's night and you're on the Desert Rd.

Writer Of The Purple Sage... said...

A great road track...and let's not forget "The Race" too!

Hans Greuber said...

Ach, ve are having das much fun mit der GPS aut der autobahn! But don't mention ze vor!