S11-56855 Radio-Activity
Produced by Ralf Hutter, Florian Schenider, Emil Schult
Released on November 1975
US CHART POSITION #140
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S11-56855 cover
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I íve been playing with impressionistic writing lately, which is to say writing that conjures the specific impression an album leaves behind. Iím not sure if itís a better communicator than straight prose, so if you find this useless (or just plain annoying) let me know. This is not poetry, which would require countless revisions; itís more of a sketch that utilizes a vague rhythm/rhyme scheme.

If robots dream of Ďlectric sheep
there must be lullabyes
cooed in the cool tones of ohms
or crackling surges
which Kraftwerk slips into the deep
subconscious of surprises
static jumping from their bones
at a resistorís urges
Here is an Eden after man
an earth that brooks no moistened breath
where small mechanical insects
chatter after death
in the porticos of great houses
soaked deep in the stink of history
emboldened by uranium
sleeping but fitfully
as the light waves wash over the ground
light of a harsh star unyielding
undiminished by atmosphere
swift and unfeeling
pulsing through the desiccated strands
of trees where lovers might have stood
twined in a copse of sunlit warmth
im himmelsblut
How many now have plugged this buzzing box of sound into the wall
and heard in it the call
of an electric litany to come
ages from whence the will of man is done?
Then will these copper wires strain to see
the last immortal coilís activity.

SN-16380 back cover
SN-16380 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. GEIGER COUNTER
  2. RADIOACTIVITY
  3. RADIOLAND
  4. AIRWAVES
  5. INTERMISSION
  6. NEWS
  7. THE VOICE OF ENERGY
  8. ANTENNA
  9. RADIO STARS
  10. URANIUM
  11. TRANSISTOR
  12. OHM SWEET OHM

CREDITS

KARL BARTOS --
WOLFGANG FLUR --
RALF HUTTER --
FLORIAN SCHNEIDER --
Peter Bollig -- engineer

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
GER/UK November 1975 Capitol LP/CS E-ST 11457 insert
US November 1975 Capitol LP ST-11457  
FRA 1975 Capitol LP 2C 006 82087  
US   Capitol LP/CS SN-16380  
US 1993 Capitol CEMA Special Markets LP S11-56855  
  April 1994 Cleopatra CD 5875  
GER April 1995 EMI CD 746132  
NET 1995 EMI CD 746474  
US September 26, 1995 Capitol CD 46474  

 

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