Beat The Clock was the first 12" single I ever owned. I played
it again a short while ago and it's as stunning as I remember.
In 1978, Kraftwerk followed up their world-beating (and New York
disco award-winning!) album Trans Europe Express with a modern
classic, The Man Machine. Arguably as influential even now as
The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds was in the sixties, The Man Machine
drew on Kraftwerk's own influences, including German genius
producer Giorgio Moroder's work. The Man Machine has just six
So does Number One in Heaven but what tracks they are! The
stunning three singles are here; Tryouts For The Human Race
probably being the finest track ever written about sex... The songwriting is fantastic. Moroder and the Maels
seem to come together (ahem!) to create a seemless work and
every track is a knockout.
Sparks completely reinvented themselves from their former
incarnation of a great but rather studied five piece outfit
(the very same that produced the classic This Town Ain't Big
Enough For The Both Of Us). Dispensing with the usual and
even-now still widely-used five piece line-up, they emerged
as a stripped-down duo ready to do serious damage and they did!
My Other Voice is awesome and dance producers could do a lot
worse for the full-on intensity of Academy Award Performance
which really hits like a tonne of lead.
Brilliant. Make it your number 1.