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And here’s just a few songs that were influenced by motorik! June 6, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Some more than others… Some think Roadrunner by the Modern Lovers is in there. Convergent evolution?

There’s a story that Dave Brock of Hawkwind penned the sleeve notes for the first UK release of the first Neu! album, Brock famously being a huge fan of all things motorik. I’m not sure he did, but it makes sense given Hawkwind’s similar but not the same blend of electronic music and guitars (and that was repaid in a way by those like Conrad Schnitzler who was in both Tangerine Dream and Kluster (later Cluster) and said that his favourite band was Hawkwind no less, in no small part due to their ability to meld the two areas).

And that speaks of influence. There was a continuing low level if very real interest in motorik throughout the 1980s and 1990s with bands like The Fall and so on going back and reassessing and reinterpreting aspect of the sound. I think the 2000s saw this come even more to the fore.

Escape Control Delete – Gong

Essence – The Church

Interstate – System 7

Jenny Ondioline – Stereolab

Opa-Loka – Hawkwind

L.A. – The Fall

Seconds – Human League

Never Understand – JAMC

Sea Within A Sea – The Horrors

Fall Out of Love – TOY

Spiders (Kidsmoke) – Wilco

Shoot Speed/Kill Light – Primal Scream (w/Bernard Sumner)


1. sonofstan - June 6, 2020

A student I’m working with said recently that the sound of the 808 drum machine was once a signifier of the ‘the future’ – whereas now, that sound has become so normalised that this just what music sounds like: so for once the futuristic presaged an actual future, but now, when you listen to early 808 tracks, they lose that futuristic edge.
In a way, I think motorik is the same: that beat sounded so weird in 1975 but now has become part of the palette of a lot of quite ‘normal’ music. As you say though, convergence is part of it – roadrunner takes its cue from the VU and the beat from Mo Tucker, and few stll pay enough respect for what her drumming did – no cymbals, and no backbeat. I suspect that fed into Neu as well….


WorldbyStorm - June 6, 2020

MT a brilliant drummer – amazingly influential.

Re the future I keep thinking having listened to a lot of Neu how that beat and keyboard sound (along with Kraftwerk et al) did become a real signifier of the future in the 70s by osmosis – it still sounds pretty fresh but not as. True re 808s, I still have a fondness but it’s almost nostalgic.


2. rockroots - June 6, 2020

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury – Inhale:

(or anything by Beak>)

And these guys who I only heard recently and know nothing about:

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