Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Kraftwerk on 6Music

Depending on which DJ you believe this week/month/weekend is "Kraftwerk week/month/weekend" on that there BBC 6Music.  They keep playing a trailer, which is of course in schoolboy German (it is on as I type!), that seems to suggest it begins on Thursday.  The programme schedule on the website lists a 30-minute documentary titled "Kraftwerk: The Men Who Invented Pop" (Celebrating the influential German band Kraftwerk, Alex Kapranos tells their story.) to be aired at midnight tonight/tomorrow.  Though the information page hasn't been updated and gives details of a Lenny Kravtiz narrated doc' about Curtis Mayfield.

All very confusing.  One thing is for certain: the reasons for scheduling a "Kraftwerk week/month/weekend" at this point in time is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Model going to number 1 in the UK singles chart back in February 1982.

These are the dedicated programmes I have found in the 6Music schedule:
Thursday 02 February
00:00 Kraftwerk: The Men Who Invented Pop
Celebrating the influential German band Kraftwerk, Alex Kapranos tells their story.
04:00 The Live Hour: Kraftwerk at Tribal Gathering
Continuing 6 Music's celebration of Kraftwerk, a chance to hear the influential band recorded live at Tribal Gathering in Bedfordshire in 1997

Friday 03 February
00:00 Andrew Collins Meets the Man Machine
Famously reclusive Kraftwerk founder Ralf Hutter interviewed by Andrew Collins in 2003.
19:00 Now Playing @6Music: #Kraftwerk6Music
As 6 Music Celebrates Kraftwerk, Tom Robinson asks listeners to help put together a playlist. 
Saturday 04 February
Liz is joined by Andy McCluskey of OMD as part of BBC 6 Music celebrates Kraftwerk. 
Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Jon Holmes with three hours of artists influenced by Kraftwerk. 

Sunday 05 February
07:00 Nemone
Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor celebrates Kraftwerk in his Most Played.
[hmmm, seems they'll seek anyone's opinion on Kraftwerk]
10:00 Cerys on 6
BBC 6 Music celebrates Kraftwerk with Wire editor Chris Bohn. 
Jarvis Cocker looks at Kraftwerk and their influence on the music industry. 
13:00 The Huey Show 
As 6 Music celebrates Kraftwerk, Huey reflects their unlikely influence on hip hop.
[as I said, seems like anyone can be an expert on Kraftwerk]
16:00 Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service
Jarvis spins Kraftwerk rarities as part of BBC 6 Music's celebration of the band.
18:00 Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone
Stuart celebrates Kraftwerks fifth studio album, Radio-Activity.
20:00 6 Mix - Mark Jones: Kraftwerk Special
Mark Jones explores Kraftwerk's huge influence on electronic music.

So if you like your electronic pop auf Deutsch, keep your radio tuned to 6Music and keep an eye on the website.

Just for a little nostalgia trip, here is Kraftwerk on the BBC's layman's science prog Tomorrow's World.

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