R.I.P. Klaus Dinger (1946-2008) & Thomas Dinger (1952-2002)
La DÃ¼sseldorf was a German band, order consisting of onetime Kraftwerk drummer and Neu! multi-instrumentalist Klaus Dinger and occasional Neu! collaborators Thomas Dinger and Hans Lampe. La DÃ¼sseldorf was formed after Neu! disbanded following the release of their Neu! ’75 record. They released a string of successful albums (with sales totaling over a million) during the late ’70s and early ’80s and were considered highly influential by the likes of Brian Eno and David Bowie, with Bowie going so far as calling La DÃ¼sseldorf “the soundtrack of the eighties”.
After the dissolution of Neu! in the mid-’70s, its drummer Klaus Dinger set out to take the raw, uncompromising motorik beat, that “thump-thump-thump-thump” neverending 4/4 beat which he pioneered during his early time with Kraftwerk in ’70/’71, and set it to some hugely glorious pop sounds. Moving up to frontman status, Dinger brought along his brother Thomas and some other musician friends, and made a splash in the German charts with three albums: “La DÃ¼sseldorf” (1976), “Viva” (1978) and “Individuellos” (1980). The material’s combination of haunting melodic phrases, vocals that veer back and forth between punk and Monty Python, and a dedication to motorik will not fail to make you smile.
Highlights include the songs “Viva”, “Geld”, “Rheinita”, “Ich Liebe Dich”, and the nine-minute “Time”, a masterwork of tension and release.