Rare Psychedelic 1979 Kraftwerk Video

Roger Mainwood had just finished his studies at the Royal College of Art when in 1979 Kraftwerk‘s label contacted him to do an animated video for their seminal track Autobahn. The video appeared online a while ago, but little was known about why and how the thing came together. The general vibe of the video is … strange.

You would expect a story remotely revolving about some kind of motorway. But not for Mainwood—his take envisions a weird and psychedelic world, where an alien “hero” is trying to establish contact with humans, but instead is thrown back to clones of himself. Asked why he came up with all this, Mainwood told the website KraftwerkOnline:

“I was a young thing in those days! Anyway, it gave me an excuse to do a lot with the animation which I enjoyed and I think some people also have, although I can see it could be viewed as a rather frustrating film for anyone looking for a conventional storyline.”

[ report by ElectroBeats ]

Yes. We are Jealous of your Rhythmbox.

rThis mix circulated a but on social media today and we caught wind of it. SUPERB! Good Job DJ Fact.50 !! We loved it. Also the reference to Liquid Sky was CHOICE!

DJ Fact.50 reports on his mix :

This is a sampling of the kind of music I was spinning at my weekly 80’s party Rhythmbox (now on hiatus). It includes incredibly obscure artists that I have only recently hunted down. With choice cuts from my classic collection. This isn’t your typical Top 40 80’s mix. This was also one of my first mixes to get a post-production pass, to really bring out the punchiness of the music.

There’s a small set of Bay Area based New Wave bands towards the end of the mix as well! Bay Pride till you die!