20080113

Other things named Kling Klang

It is fairly obvious that Kraftwerk chose the name of their studio, Kling Klang, for it's onomatopoetic qualities. But there are other things named Kling Klang as well. Here are a few:

  1. Kling Klang- A poorly named but somewhat decent band from Liverpool. According to Wikipedia, they play krautrock. I'm not sure I agree.

  2. Kling & Klang - A pair of police officers appearing in Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books.

  3. Kling Klang Klatch - A graphic novel, written by Ian McDonald and Davide Lyttleton. The story revolves around a murdered panda showgirl/teddybear, and it's investigation - handled by fellow teddy bear, but also detective, Marcus McBear. I haven't read it, but it seems to be rather similar to one of this year's most talked about swedish books, "Amberville" by Tim Davys.

  4. Kling Klang Krieger - The duo of Eberhard Streigl and Heiko Schleisser. Released only one 12" that I know of, "Tibetrausch", in 2003.

And then there are the songs, and the albums:

  1. Electronic dance act Tussle released the album "Kling Klang" in 2004, on the Troubleman Unlimited label.

  2. American industrial metal band Fektion Fekler released the album "Kling Klang Bedlam" in 1998, on Pendragon Records.
    Experimental musician and ex Psyclones member Brian Ladd released the one-sided 8" flexidisc "Kling Klang" in 1990, on the Ladd-Frith label.

  3. Swedish early industrial/experimental artist Jonas Broberg released the cassette "Kling Klang" on En halvkokt i folie's excellent Konduktör Records in 1985.

  4. German ndw artist Marcus included the track "Kling, Klang Schicksalsmelodie" on his 1982 single "Ich Will Spass".

  5. German tech house producer Todd Bodine's 12" release "Codebreaker" from 2006 contained the track "Kling Klang".

  6. Equally german synth-pop band Camouflage included a song named "Kling Klang" on their CDs/12" release "One Fine Day" in 1989, as an homage to Kraftwerk. Which brings us to this new release:

Camouflage - "Archive 01" (2007)

In december of 2007, Camouflage released "Archive 01", a double CD with rarities and a 24 page-book with photos. Although interesting already, the archive gets even more so by the inclusion of Camouflage's cover version of Kraftwerk's "Computer Liebe" (recorded live in 1989) and the abovemeitioned "Kling Klang". "Computer Liebe" was recorded at the Theaterfabrik in Munich in November 1989 and was first made available in 1991 on the 12" release "Handsome - The Remix".

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