|Studio album by|
United Artists (1972 UK LP)
Billingsgate (1973 US LP)
Astralwerks (2001 CD)
|Producer||Conny Plank, Neu!|
|Klaus Dinger chronology|
Neu! is the debut album by German krautrock band Neu!. It was recorded in December 1971 at Windrose-Dumont-Time Studios, Hamburg, Germany, mixed at Star-Musik Studio, Hamburg, Germany, and released in 1972 by Brain Records. It was reissued by Grönland on 29 May 2001 and then licensed to Astralwerks for US distribution. This was members Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger's first recording together after they left Kraftwerk in 1971. They continued to work with Konrad "Conny" Plank, who had been producing the Kraftwerk recording sessions.
Having broken off from Kraftwerk, Rother and Dinger quickly began the recording sessions for what would become Neu!. The band was christened by Dinger (Rother had been against the name, preferring a more "organic" title) and a pop-art style logo was created, featuring italic capitals. Dinger recalled Neu!'s logo:
...it was a protest against the consumer society but also against our "colleagues" on the Krautrock scene who had totally different taste/styling if any. I was very well informed about Warhol, Pop Art, Contemporary Art. I had always been very visual in my thinking. Also, during that time, I lived in a commune and in order to get the space that we lived in, I set up an advertising agency which existed mainly on paper. Most of the people that I lived with were trying to break into advertising so I was somehow surrounded by this Neu! all the time.
The pair recorded in Star Studios in Hamburg, with the up-and-coming Krautrock producer Plank, as Dinger had with Kraftwerk. Dinger noted that Plank served as a "mediator" between the often disagreeing factions within the band.
The band were booked into the studio for four days in late 1971. According to Dinger, the first two days were unproductive until he brought his shamisen ("Japanese banjo") to the sessions, a heavily treated version of which can be heard on "Negativland", the first of the album's six tracks to be recorded.
It was during these sessions that Dinger first played his famous "motorik" beat. Two songs on the album, "Hallogallo" and "Negativland", feature this beat. Motorik is a repeated 4/4 drumbeat with only occasional interruptions, perhaps best showcased on "Hallogallo". Dinger claimed never to have used the term "motorik" himself, preferring either "lange gerade" ("long straight") or "endlose gerade" ("endless straight"). He later changed the beat's "name" to the "Apache beat" to coincide with his 1985 solo album Neondian.
|The Austin Chronicle|||
Neu! sold well for an underground album at the time. According to Dinger, approximately 30,000 copies were sold.
The track "Negativland" provided the name for a later group of American musical satirists.
|1.||"Hallogallo" (Play on "Halligalli", a German slang term for "wild partying", with the word "hallo" being German for "hello")||10:07|
|2.||"Sonderangebot" ("Special Offer")||4:51|
|3.||"Weissensee" ("White Sea" or "White Lake"; Weißensee is a town in Carinthia, Austria, and a borough of Pankow, Berlin)||6:46|
|Side two - Jahresüberblick ("Year Overview")|
|4.||"Jahresüberblick (Part One): Im Glück" ("Lucky")||6:53|
|5.||"Jahresüberblick (Part Two): Negativland" ("Negative Land")||9:47|
|6.||"Jahresüberblick (Part Three): Lieber Honig" ("Dear Honey" or "Preferably Honey")||7:18|
- Band members
- Michael Rother – guitar, bass guitar
- Klaus Dinger – drums, guitar, bulbul tarang (listed as "Japan Banjo" in the liner notes)
- Additional personnel
- Konrad "Conny" Plank – producer, engineer
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- Q (7/01, p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Neu! Invented the motorik beat - Krautrock's defining relentless rhythm....influencing both punk and ambient..."
- NME (Magazine) (6/2/01, p.39) - 8 out of 10 - "...The album staggers psychotically through metallic scrapings, drifting space musik, unwinding drones, Japanese banjo moments and noise extremism worthy of Pil or Einsturzende Neubauten..."