Posted in music on April 2, 2008

Klaus Dinger

the great Klaus Dinger has died, aged 61. The German drummer was best known as half of Neu! alongside Michael Rother.

Dinger was a provocative and inspirational figure in the German music scene of the 1970s. He first surfaced, briefly, as drummer in a very early line-up of Kraftwerk, before he and Rother (another fleeting Kraftwerk member) broke off to form Neu!

Neu! went on to record three extraordinary albums that epitomised the motorik strain of Krautrock, thanks to Dinger's pattering, insistent drums. He also began to contribute wild and vivid vocals, so that tracks like "Hero" and "After Eight" from Neu! 75 were an acknowledged influence on an impressionable John Lydon. [UNCUT]

What is motorik? Wikipedia knows. Videos below...

NEU! - Hero live 74

Kraftwerk - Heavy Metal Kids

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Comments (7)

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Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2008 5:37 PM

Great musician.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2008 7:25 PM

Really sad. A lot of musicians featured on BV owe a sizable debt to this man.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2008 10:07 PM

A sad, sad fucking day. At least now he won't be sad still that his brother Thomas, who died a few years back and was also in NEU!, is gone as well.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | April 2, 2008 11:17 PM

^^ what a dumb fucking comment -- do you have some sort of Krautrock ESP to know how Krautrockers 'feel'? Go google yourself.

Posted by Sour Krautrocker | April 3, 2008 8:44 AM

Really sad. A lot of the daft punk jokes featured on BV owe a sizable debt to this man.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2008 2:28 PM

I actually do have Krautrock ESP. It's the name of my solo project. Fich dich!

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | April 3, 2008 6:03 PM

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