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Techno Pop, House Phone



As we all know by now, Kraftwerk's Electric Cafe will have it's name changed to Techno Pop when re-released in october this year, as part of The Catalogue. If you don't know why, read the Wikipedia article on the subject. What we didn't know already, is that the tracklisting will also change slightly.

The tracklist for the original Electric Cafe edition looks like this:
  1. Boing Boom Tschak (2:58)
  2. Techno Pop (7:41)
  3. Musique Non Stop (5:44)
  4. The Telephone Call (8:03)
  5. Sex Object (6:51)
  6. Electric Cafe (4:17)
But in the tracklisting for the upcoming Techno Pop release, the tracklist contains an additional song:
  1. Boing Boom Tschak
  2. Techno Pop
  3. Musique Non Stop
  4. The Telephone Call
  5. House Phone
  6. Sex Object
  7. Electric Café

The addition, "House Phone", is most likely the remix of "The Telephone Call", engineered by François Kevorkian, that was originally included on the 12" version of "The Telephone Call" single in 1986. My personal guess is that "The Telephone Call" will blend seamlessly into "House Phone", as that is the way Kraftwerk tend to do it. My guess is also, even though I strongly object to the changing of movies and records after they have been released (hello Star Wars), that this might be quite nice.

House Phone can be heard here, courtesy of YouTube.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good to know. I remember the critics back in the day moaning about the lack of concept. Compared to previous works, the underlying motive was not as coherent as previous albums.

Funnily enough i love this album because of the coherent, flawless sound. Don't care to much about great concept albums in general.

But with the new edition, we'll finally have a proper Musique-Concrete Suite plus the "Phone-étape". In this new context the two last tracks can be considered as typical addings to a multi-track theme/motive. Most likely this version can considered 'director's cut' in the sense as it was originally intended this way.

Feel sorry they didn't have the spanish version of Sex Object on it.