Music Video of the Day: Autobahn by Kraftwerk (1979, directed by Roger Mainwood)


Florian Schneider, Rest In Peace.

Though this song originally came out in 1974, the animated music video is from 1979.  This song was the first so-called “electro-pop” song to chart in both the UK and the US.  The album version of this song lasts for a full 22 minutes and it’s meant to recreate the feeling of actually driving on the Autobahn, the German highway system that, for the most part, does not have any mandated speed limits.  (Parts of the Autobahn that go through cities do have speed limits.  Other parts of the Autobahn have a “suggested” speed limit of 81 MPH but the suggestion is not legally enforced.)  Originally, the band tried to record the sound of actual cars passing them on the Autobahn but when the recordings turned out to be less than satisfactory, they instead used synthesizers to create the feel of passing cars.

Enjoy!

 

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Autobahn by Kraftwerk (1979, directed by Roger Mainwood)

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