Certain portions of this non-profit website have been used for purposes of commentary and criticism under the Fair Use Doctrine of International Copyright Law. These materials are intended for educational purposes and in no way does the webmaster gain financial benefit from their inclusion on this site. Furthermore, this site does not engage in the act of selling/trading commercial or pirated material to its readers.
Why did you create Krautrockgroup.com?
I decided to create this NON-PROFIT companion website, partly out of my own necessity and partly for you, my fellow cosmic voyager as we work our way through this vast genre known as Krautrock. Additionally, it is my hope that this site serves as a means of promotion for the bands and their work. There is little information about most of these bands and even less information about their recordings. I hope that the information I provide about these bands to the readers of this website, will help to maintain their obscure legacy for a new generation of music enthusiasts. I have decided to include a cover scan and MP3 samples from each album which I have entered into the database. These audio samples have been encoded at 16kbps (well below CD or broadcast standard) and are :30 seconds long. I am doing this on a 'fair use' basis in hopes that I can generate interest in the artists. If you are an artist or musician who is featured in this database and you object to this database showcasing the MP3 samples which you have taken part in, please notify me via email and I will gladly take them down.
What is an overview?
I hate critics and I believe that a website like this should not be about telling people what to like and why to like it. I prefer to give an overview of the album and describe more or less what the tracks are composed of and how they sound. That is also why I chose to make mp3's for most of the tracks. This way you can read what a song is composed of and also hear how it sounds. Sometimes I do advise folks to check stuff out, but I do so as a fan, not as a godly critic.
Why do you let readers rate the albums?
I realize that my opinion on a particular album might be opposite of what the community feels, so this way, I decided to give the readers of this website a voice and a chance to show what they think about an album.
My love affair with Pink Floyd (aka why so many Floyd references)
As you could probably tell from reading the reviews, I have an extensive background in regards to Pink Floyd. I have been listening to them since 1986 when I was a wee lad of 8. Thus far I have collected every Floyd (and solo member) studio album on CD and Tape, and every LP except for 'More' as well as a bunch of original 45's including my beloved mint copy of 'See Emily Play'. I even have 'Ummagumma', 'Wish You Were Here', 'Animals', and 'A Collection Of Great Dance Songs' on 8-track! Obviously, Pink Floyd were my first musical love and that is why I find it easy to reference them when I hear something which sounds like or reminds me of them.
So what other music do you listen to?
I will admit, that my tastes are a bit myopic. I am generally turned off by stuff that I find fashionably mainstream. Obviously, I am into musical substance rather than image. Different periods in my life have dictated different styles of music, but the constant has been Floyd. Here are some bands that I still like: Magazine, Wire, Black Sabbath, Brian Eno, King Crimson, The Stooges, David Bowie, Various Cleveland Proto Punk bands (The Electric Eels, Styrenes, Mirrors, Pere Ubu, Peter Laughner, Dead Boys), Various New York Proto Punk bands (Ramones, Television, Richard Hell, Johny Thunders, The Heartbreakers, Cramps, New York Dolls, The Dictators, Suicide), R.L. Crutchfield's Dark Day (NY No Wave), Circle Jerks, Buzzcocks, Descendents, Devo, Danzig, The Misfits, The Jam, Bauhaus, The Vapors, Suicide Commandos, The Vibrators, The Undertones.
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