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Chance-Taking: Stephen McRobbie Of The Pastels' Favourite Albums
John Freeman , June 3rd, 2013 08:53

With The Pastels releasing their first album in 16 years last week, original member Stephen McRobbie reveals the 13 albums that “defined his taste” and inspired his band


Ralf & Florian - self-titled
This is early Kraftwerk but technically it came out as Ralf & Florian and the version I have is a bootleg of the record. Kraftwerk are extremely heritage and their Point Zero always seems to be Autobahn, but I liked the music they did before that which is in a way slightly more hippy and some of it is more punk – it’s rougher and sounds less sculpted. The Ralf & Florian record has got really beautiful inventiveness to it and there is a lot of fluid electronics on it. To a certain extent, that has influenced some of Tom Crossley’s – who plays with us – flute playing. He has been such an important part of our sound and has suggested many things to us.

I like Kraftwerk’s later music too – some of it is fantastic – but in a way it can feel more distant. Kraftwerk isn’t a group that encourages direct engagement. It’s an image thing, like you are looking at a work of art. With the Ralf & Florian record it very much has that sense of artists at work and making something beautiful. It has a few rough edges which disappear from later Kraftwerk stuff - which is so perfect - but I really like this record a lot.

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