Pouring One Out For Someone You’ve Most Likely Never Heard Of: Klaus Dinger, RIP

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Ok, ok, ok. 99.9% of you have never heard of Klaus Dinger, but I’m at the office late and have the keys to the blog still and so I’m gonna see if I can sneak this through, because what’s the use of doing a blog if you can’t get the occasional sure-to-be-ignored item in the blotter?

Klaus Dinger died on March 21 of heart failure at the age of 61, but wasn’t publicized until today. Dinger was a member of German “krautrock” band Kraftwerk for a brief time in the early 1970s (before the band delved into electronics), but is more known for — along with another erstwhile Kraftwerk member, guitarist Michael Rother — forming the band Neu!, who released three influential (and totally genius) albums between 1972 and 1975, that influenced bands like Stereolab and Sonic Youth.

We are pouring one out for Dinger and Neu! and all the crazy things those nutty Germans inspired, and listening to this mesmerizing bootleg of the Dinger/Rother-era Kraftwerk lineup, “Live at Gondel Kino, Bremen, Germany,” from June 1971, a heavy, hynotic classic-rock masterpiece. It’s floating out there in the ether, if you want to have a look.