Sunday, November 02, 2003


Normally, wild horses wouldn't drag me to the television to watch the MTV Europe awards (6 November 2003), you understand -- but the first ever live TV performance by stoically postmodern German techno-crats Kraftwerk is just a little too intriguing to miss, especially for those of us who have always wondered what blistered paint would actually sound like, in somewhat magnified form. Or something like that.

Talking of the iconic past re-visited, I caught John Cale (whose new album HoboSapiens is a kind of avant folk outing) on 'Later With Jools Holland' on Friday. As ever, he is rather more interesting conceptually than sonically. Moody, atmospheric, tantalising... but finally earthbound.

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