Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives


Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine (Kling Klang, 1978)

I have fond memory of dancing in clubs in Cologne to German versions of ‘The Man-Machine’. Also have you listened to ‘Neon Lights’ on acid? [Yes. With our good friend Jonny Mugwump many moons ago, Ed] Believe me it’s a religious experience, it’s like getting a lift up to God.

Kraftwerk were essential to hip hop and techno. Have you heard Afrika Bambaataa’s version of ‘Trans Europe Express’ [‘Planet Rock’]?

The three godfathers of techno openly admit their influences are Kraftwerk and the The Man Machine album in particular.

Selected in other Baker’s Dozens: Lord Spikeheart, Tom Ravenscroft
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