Listen: Expo 2000 (Kling Klang Radio Mix 2002) / Kraftwerk
Expo 2000 (Kling Klang Radio Mix 2002) / Kraftwerk
Commissioned to write the theme song for Expo 2000, at least that’s my educated guess, this one snuck out in December ’99. Well in Germany that is, then the rest of Europe one month later, peaking at #27 in the British singles chart. Although a decent showing, no one ever seems to mention ‘Expo 2000′ much, despite, at the time, being Kraftwerk’s first commercial recording of new, original music since the release of ELECTRIC CAFE in ’86.
They performed ‘Expo 2000′ at Hammerstein Ballroom on their last New York trip, June ’05, a show never to be forgotten.
When released, EMI were smart enough to accompany the commercial version with numerous promotional 12″ and cd pressings, sprawling many remixes and edits. The UK company, as with most British labels, must have felt obligated to couple two of them for the dj only 7″ pictured above.
I almost blacked out when hearing about the 45 for the first time, as if all the other promo configurations weren’t enough to send any sane human over the edge.
Thanks to Merck Mercuriadis, a small box turned up at the Sony offices for me with all the bits. Fond memories still linger of the moment I unwrapped that package.