Kraftwerk – Rückstoss-Gondoliere (1971)
Beat-Club was a Bremen, Germany-based television broadcast, which ran from 1965-1972, on German’s national public television network Das Erste. It featured a plethora of up-and-coming musicians of the time.
In 1969, the series was broadcast in colour, incorporating psychedelic imagery into the live performances with blue/green screen technology. These videos represent the era just before the proliferation of music videos, before the fusion of music with a filmic narrative. The premise of Beat-Club’s output is simple–to showcase notable musicians playing their songs–but there is a thoughtfulness and energy that is unparalleled by the Letterman Show variety of live performances of now.
The Kraftwerk footage is fascinating. Their style changed so quickly… To think that just three years after the above appearance, they would release their minimalist electronic masterpiece Autobahn!
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Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen
Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends (cover)
(one of my favourites!)
Eric Burden & War – Paint It Black (cover)
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Deep Purple – No No No
Free – All Right Now