Computer Love (Kraftwerk song)

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"Computer Love"
Kraftwerk Computer Love single cover.jpg
Single by Kraftwerk
from the album Computer World
B-side "The Model"
Released July 1981 (1981-07)
Format 7"
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:45 (single edit)
7:15 (album version)
Label EMI
EMI5207 (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (US)
Songwriter(s) Ralf Hütter
Karl Bartos
Emil Schult
Producer(s) Ralf Hütter
Florian Schneider
Kraftwerk singles chronology
"Pocket Calculator"
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"Computer Love"
(1981)
"Showroom Dummies"
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"Pocket Calculator"
(1981, UK)
"Computer Love"
(1981, UK)
"Showroom Dummies"
(1982, UK)

"Computer Love" (German version title: "Computerliebe") is a song by the German electronic band Kraftwerk. It was released in 1981 on the studio album Computer World and as a single in the same year. The song, on a double A-sided single with "The Model", went to number one in the UK Singles Chart. The song was re-arranged and re-recorded for the band's 1991 studio album The Mix.

The melody of "Computer Love" was later used in Coldplay's song "Talk" (see below under "cover versions").

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered by Camouflage as a B-side to their 1991 single "Handsome",[1] as well as on their 2007 compilation Archive #01.[2]
  • Covered by the Balanescu Quartet on their 1992 album Possessed
  • Covered by Slipstream on their 1995 album Slipstream
  • Covered by The Album Leaf as a hidden track on their 2001 EP In an Off White Room
  • Covered by Glass Candy on their 2007 album B/E/A/T/B/O/X
  • Covered by Argentine electro-tango band Tanghetto and included as a bonus studio track on their 2011 live album VIVO
  • Covered by Norwegian guitarist Erik Wøllo on his album "Blue Sky, Red Guitars" (2004). An all acoustic version, performed on various acoustic guitars.
  • Covered by Leeds band Heads We Dance on their 2009 album Love Technology
  • The melody and chords of the song were used by Coldplay in their 2005 song "Talk" on the album X&Y. Prior to release, Coldplay singer Chris Martin asked the German group for approval.[3]
  • Paul O'Duffy's 1990 remix of ABC's The Look of Love incorporates a portion of "Computer Love"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Camouflage - Handsome - The Remix on Discogs
  2. ^ Camouflage - Archive #01 on Discogs
  3. ^ Coldplay - Martin Sent Kraftwerk Begging Letter on contactmusic.com
Preceded by
"Oh Julie" by Shakin' Stevens
UK Singles Chart number-one single
31 January 1982 – 6 February 1982
Succeeded by
"Town Called Malice" / "Precious" by The Jam