R.I.P. Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk)

Florian Schneider-Esleben (7 April 1947 – 30 April 2020) an highly influential German musician best known as a founding member of the band Kraftwerk with co-founder Ralf Hütter.   Kraftwerk has inspired countless electronica musicians over the years.    Florian continued with the band until November 2008.

I’ve been a huge fan of Kraftwerk since 1974.  I was in high school and heard for the first time AUTOBAHN from Kraftwerk’s album of the same name.   While the band continues to create and perform with Ralf Hütter, Florian will always be remembered and loved for his part in pioneering electronic music making it accessible and even popular.

… on… Walter Becker….

R.I.P. Walter Becker February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017
We lost another music genius. Musician, songwriter & producer, Walter Becker, one half of the legendary songwriting duo popularly known as Steely Dan. The group took their name form a sex toy named in the William S. Burroughs novel NAKED LUNCH. While most people know of Donald Fagan (the other half of Steely Dan) through his solo success few people are familiar with Walter Becker’s solo work. On this sad day many people will focus on his Steely Dan work but I want to celebrate the man – the individual. I’ve enjoyed his solo work as much as his work with Steely Dan. He only released 2 solo albums. I would like to feature 6 tracks 3 from each album and hope they will inspire you to further explore the rest of his solo work. So without further words.

From His first solo album 11 TRACKS OF WHACK (1994)

Down In The Bottom

Lucky Henry

Junkie Girl

From His second solo album CIRCUS MONEY (2008)
Bob Is Not Your Uncle Anymore

Three Picture Deal

Somebody’s Saturday Night

To explore more:


…..on Keith Emerson…..

… for me (in the 70s), through ELP’s versions of classical works I got exposed to music I’d never heard before. It’s great to compare orchestral versions of (for example) Pictures At An Exhibition with ELP’s great interpretation….

… classic rock at some of its best… his passing reminds us it’s all “TOUCH AND GO”…

A later version of the ELP classic Tarkus with Emersons own band. Still sounds great.

… and the 40th anniversary reunion concert…

peace and freedom Keith – RIP.

My Favorite ELP recordings:

Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends (Live 1974)
Brain Salad Surgery
Pictures At an Exhibition
Works Vol 1&2
Emerson Lake & Powell