Musique Non-Stop

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"Musique Non-Stop"
Single by Kraftwerk
from the album Electric Café
Released October 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Genre Electronic
Length 4:08 (7" version)
6:15 (12" version)
Label Kling Klang
EMI
Warner Bros.
Kraftwerk singles chronology
"Tour de France (remix)"
(1984)
"Musique Non-Stop"
(1986)
"The Telephone Call"
(1987)

"Musique Non-Stop" is a 1986 single by German techno group Kraftwerk, which was featured on the album Electric Café. It was re-released as a remix on their 1991 album The Mix. The single was their first #1 on the Dance charts and was one of two songs to make it to #1.[1] The single peaked at #82 on the UK Singles Chart and at #13 in their native Germany.

The single is traditionally the final act during Kraftwerk concerts. In the early 1990s, a completely different version of "Musique Non-Stop" – slower and more melodic – was used extensively as a jingle on MTV Europe. Earlier, MTV Europe had already included elements from the original song and the video in the title graphics for MTV's Greatest Hits.

Composition[edit]

Musique Non Stop's lyrics comprise the title of the song being repeatedly chanted by a generic male and generic female voice in English and a computerized male voice in French.

After Florian Schneider left the band in 2008, the song was altered to accommodate video technician Stefan Pfaffe during performances. The song is basically the same, except shorter and the percussive/harmonic sequence that occupied Schneider's solo is operated by the other band members.

The Mix version (which was used in Minimum-Maximum) incorporates elements from fellow Electric Café songs "Boing Boom Tschak" and "Techno Pop". This was also done in Musique Non Stop's single version and music video.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Musique Non-Stop" is notable in itself for showcasing a computer animated representation of the band. Created in 1983, it sat dormant for three years before finally being incorporated as the video for the song. The animation, which was complex for its time, was created by Rebecca Allen, using state-of-the-art facial animation software developed by the Institute of Technology in New York. The slow rate of the album's progress, combined with rapid changes in software animation, meant that Allen had to archive the animation program developed at the Institute of Technology until Hütter and Schneider were ready in 1986, to travel to New York to edit the images to the final version of "Musique Non-Stop".

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single[edit]

  1. Musique Non-Stop [7" Mix] - 4:08
  2. Musique Non-Stop - 3:45

12" single[edit]

  1. Musique Non-Stop [12" Mix] - 6:15
  2. Musique Non-Stop [7" Mix] - 4:08

(Note: The 12" Mix has yet to be made available on CD)[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986/87) Peak
position
German Media Control Singles Chart[3][4] 13
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 45
UK Singles Chart[6] 82
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Single Sales
[7]
6
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's, Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003, 2004
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kraftwerk
  3. ^ "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/KRAFTWERK/single
  5. ^ "charts.org.nz - Discography Kraftwerk". © 2006-2010 Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - Kraftwerk". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  7. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Kraftwerk > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
Preceded by
"Control" by Janet Jackson
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 10, 1987
Succeeded by
"Someone like You" by Sylvester