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)
Writer(s) Ralf Hütter
Karl Bartos
Emil Schult
Producer(s) Ralf Hütter
Florian Schneider
Kraftwerk singles chronology
"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"


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


  1. ^ Camouflage - Handsome - The Remix on Discogs
  2. ^ Camouflage - Archive #01 on Discogs
  3. ^ Coldplay - Martin Sent Kraftwerk Begging Letter on
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