Project Runway

12 Sep

In honor of fashion week,  I give you Kraftwerk’s “The Model.”  This song, from 1981’s “Computer World,” is pretty much their most melodic and accessible song ever.  Oddly enough it was originally the B-Side release of the title track single.  When DJ’s started playing “The Model,” their record company, EMI, quickly repackaged the release with that song as the A-Side.

Apparently this enraged the band.  They may have been angry, but they did make money; the single went to #1 in the UK.

Whether or not their ire was real, I have to think that deep down, they must have been a little bit happy about the collision of art and commerce. And this co-existence is really at the heart of all of fashion, no?

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2 Responses to “Project Runway”

  1. iioana June 12, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Indeed, i think your definition of fashion is right. also i don’t see the point in keeping something out of the mainstream, art/music have their own dynamic and get where they are meant to get.

  2. John August 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    “The Model” was not included on “Computer World”, it was originally on “The Man Machine”, which was released in 1978 if I remember correctly.

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