Well, It’s January 2014 and Kraftwerk are in town for a series of five sold-out concerts. They are praised In the media for their artistic vision and Stefan Thungren, in one of Sweden’s national daily newspapers, called Kraftwerk “the most important pop band of the 20th Century”. Well, well!
I love Kraftwerk’s music and saw them 2 days ago at Cirkus in Stockholm. One of the best music venues I know. They gave a great show and played a cavalcade of their greatest hits ranging from “Autobahn” to “Musick Non Stop”, via “Radio-Activity” and “Computerworld” all played against a backdrop of 3-D videos. A great two-and-a-half hour show with a couple of encores, to round it off.
But – does Kraftwerk deserve the title of the most important band of the 20th Century? The competition is murderous. Is Kraftwerk more important than The Beatles? More important than The Velvet Underground? More important than The Rolling Stones? More important than Oasis, Nirvana, Talking Heads or The Ramones or a host of other great bands? I haven’t even named Buddy Holly and The Crickets, Bruce Springsteen & The East Street Band or Bill Haley’s Comets.
I think journalists should temper their praise. Their personal favourites may not be everyone else’s.