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Neu!

Neu!
 was a German Krautrock band formed by Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother after their split from Kraftwerk in the early 1970s. Though Neu! had minimal commercial success during its existence, the band is retrospectively considered one of the founding fathers of Krautrock. (Read more at Wikipedia)

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Peel was a fan of Neu! when they came out, and his appreciation for their music lasted long after they dissolved. He would often cite them as one of the most important bands of the era. During the third episode of Peeling Back The Years, he and John Walters discussed the band:

JP: I think with Neu certainly, what I liked about them was funnily enough I mean a couple of weekends ago I was listening to the first couple of Pink Floyd LPs. And I know purists prefer the songs that Syd Barrett wrote, but I find some of those a bit too twee to be endured any longer. But things like ‘Set Controls For The Heart Of The Sun’ I still quite like to hear from time to time. And bands like Neu in particular and then a few years later Tangerine Dream seemed to be taking that kind of spirit just perhaps a little further, and stripping it down rather than adding anything to it. I think perhaps the tendency with other people was to add more stuff to it and make the thing more cumbersome and top-heavy and ultimately rather embarrassing. So it was perhaps looking for a distillation rather than an elaboration.

JW: Let’s hear something from Neu now, because I suppose in some ways they were forerunners of thinking that brought us people like Kraftwerk subsequently.

JP: Very much so, yes.

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