Neu ’75


Happy birthday to singer Sheena Easton (1959)!

Neu ‘75

“Neu ‘75” doesn’t seem to deviate from the ‘usual’ Neu formula.  It sounds like Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger were only on their way to being bored with the band.  I never read why they called it a day after this LP.  Maybe Dinger got pissed at Rother because of Harmonia?

There is plenty of “motorik” bear here; the 45 here is “Isi” b/w After Eight”, but a lot of the rest of the album merely sounds like they were heading towards an even more ‘minimal’ sound.

Yet this LP doesn’t particularly sound like Rother’s debut solo LP, ‘Flammende Herzen”.

So, there is plenty here for the individual interested in German ‘musik’.

All 3 Neu albums came out in the UK; my copy of “Neu ‘75” is from Japan (with a gorgeous yellow label) – Capitol released the LP in the U.S. (for some reason).  It’s not like people were crying out to hear it.

And, of course, they never played here, that I am aware of.  I would’ve been all over that!  And I would’ve been almost old enough!

There will be those who will say “Hero” and “After Eight” influenced UK punk rock, but I really doubt it.  Punks (in England anyway) come from “pub rock”, not “Prog rock”, which I believe “Neu ‘75” to be.

Gary Numan

Happy birthday Gary Numan (1958) and jazzer Keith Jarrett (1945)

My Numan collection was / is anemic; I did see him live @ Santa Monica Auditorium, in his golf carts.

DVD             ANTHOLOGY (DVD-A)                                                                             SILVERLINE US           288080-9          2002

2002 12 TRK Collection

12″               CARS                                                                                                          INTERCORD DE          INT 126.502     1979

1979 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 CARS / ASYLUM (PS)                                                                              BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 23             1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                DANCE                                                                                                       BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BBL28CD         1981

1999 16 TRKS stereo CD

LP                DANCE                                                                                                       ATCO US                        SD 38-143        1981

1981 11 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

LP                DANCE (Jpn)                                                                                             ATLANTIC JPN              P-13008A         1981

1981 11 TRKS stereo LP insert

7″                 I DIE: YOU DIE / DOWN IN THE PARK (version) (PS)                       BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 46             1980

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP                I, ASSASSIN                                                                                               BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEGA 40           1982

1982 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

CD                MAGIC                                                                                                         NUMA UK                       TRANSMIT 01  1997

1997 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD                PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, THE                                                               BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BBL 10CD        1979

1995? 17 TRKS stereo CD

LP                PLEASURE PRINCIPLE, THE                                                               ATCO US                        SD 38-120        1979

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

7″                 RADIO HEART (PS)                                                                                 CRITIQUE US               7-99454            1987

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 REMEMBER I WAS VAPOUR / ON BROADWAY promo-only           BEGGAR’S BAN UK     SAM 126           1980

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                 WE ARE GLASS / TROIS GYMNOPEDIES [1st Movement] (PS)     BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 35             1980

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               WHITE BOYS AND HEROES                                                                 BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 81T           1982

1982 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC? / WE ARE SO FRAGILE (PS)              BEGGAR’S BAN DE     INT 111.520     1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 DOWN IN THE PARK / DO YOU NEED THE SERVICE? (PS)         BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 17             1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                REPLICAS                                                                                                 BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BBL 7CD          1979

1995? 16 TRKS stereo CD

LP                REPLICAS (Jpn)                                                                                       BEGGAR’S BAN JPN   P-10729A         1979

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP insert

7″                 THAT’S TOO BAD (PS) re-issue                                                            BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEG 5 + 8         1980

1980 5 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, re-issue 7″x2

CD                TUBEWAY ARMY                                                                                      IMPERIAL JPN              TECI-24259     1978

2005 25 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, incl. “Living Ornaments ’78”

LP                TUBEWAY ARMY                                                                                      BEGGAR’S BAN UK     BEGA 4             1978

1978 12 TRKS stereo LP blue vinyl




Happy birthday Screaming Lord Sutch (1940) and Greg Lake (1948)!


I recently bought a CD with a “Warning” label on it that I kind of liked. The CD is by a guy who calls himself “Fennesz”, “King Midas Sound – Edition 1”. It’s on Ninja Tune Europe and the sticker on the cover reads:


“DO NOT LEAK – Before you copy, burn or upload these recordings, please take a minute to think about what you’re doing. You are not “striking a blow against outdated copyright laws.” or “liberating content from the corporations”, nor are you “promoting our records for us”. You are making it much harder for the musicians on our label to make anything like a living wage for creating the music which you think is good enough to share. You are making it harder for an independent label to stay in business, we’re not trying to rip anyone off – we split all profits 50 / 50 with our artists and put out music we believe in.”


It’s an “electronica CD” with fairly limited appeal, I would guess. I remember buying a Japanese CD by Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto (“Cendre”), which is why I bought this CD for $1.- in Ventura, CA. The CD I bought is the first thing I’ve seen, other than “Cendre” with Mr. Fennesz’ name on it. (Mental note: must play “Cendre” and remember mo’ better what it is, what it sounds like etc.) “King Midas Sound” is fairly strange, not mainstream in any way. Perhaps it has the sound of a CD that a 21st century person is going to “copy, burn or upload”, no real idea.