Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish are dance music aficionados. Who knew? On July 4, the two took to “Rocket Hour,” Elton’s Apple Music radio show, to collectively gush about the electronic scene while specifically showing love for the work of German outfit, Kraftwerk.
Speaking on his experience in listening to Kraftwerk’s 1974 album, Autobahn, John said,
“I love [Autobahn] because it was the first record I ever heard that really sounded German as far as pop music went. It just is a seminal record in electronic music.”
“I think their album Trans-Europe Express it’s one of my all-time favorite records. I remember smoking a joint and listening to it on really loud speakers and I thought I saw God during that album.”
Sir Elton John and Furnish also covered the revolutionary aesthetic shift that followed. Furnish said,
“I remember the first time I heard Kraftwerk sing Autobahn, and I’d heard nothing like it before in my life… I loved Star Trek and science fiction films, and suddenly there was music that just captured the future in a way that I’d never heard before.”
Listen to the full episode here.
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