26 February 2005

Not So Clever Afterall?

Ah, yes. Kraftwerk. They were the ones who created Autobahn, right? They were the original electro-poppers who scored a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic with their ode to the joys of motorway travel, rendered in a futuristic Beach Boys fashion. Amazing sound. Astonishing achievement, blah, blah, blah....


Meanwhile, back in Blighty, a group of anonymous session musicians were recording an album's worth of cover versions every four days for Pickwick Records' "Top Of The Pops" series.
They worked to a fast, efficient schedule that demanded quality reproductions of the then hits of the day. It was a production line that lasted over a decade. But then, one day in 1975, they were faced with a fresh challenge: to make a convincing zerox of Autobahn for Vol.45. Damn! - seemed impossible, surely? In fact it took them an entire day to record the track, using just a multitrack and ARP 2600 synthesiser.

But surely it was rubbish? How could these jaded old session veterans possibly have the skillz to get even close to the spirit of the original?

Well, actually they got pretty bloody close indeed. Frighteningly close. Makes you wonder just how difficult it was to make the original...

UNCREDITED 'TOP OF THE POPS' SESSION MUSICIANS - AUTOBAHN

6 comments:

Shawn @ Entroporium said...

That's the most depressing thing I've heard in a long long time.

zerox said...

well, the difficulty is not in performing, or copying. The difficulty is in composing.

Psychbloke said...

Now listen up....I'm the one who posts old TOTP covers round 'ere....

Anonymous said...

Well this version isn't very good, but the original is. There are huge differences between the two.

countrygrrl said...

this sure is a heap of dogs doobies....I couldn't attempt a second listen...was it really that bad??? love the site and all those cheesy album covers...

fred scellier said...

Hi,

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