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the Robocop Kraus, You don't have to shout, dir: Sharon Berkal

robocop kraus

awesome great song super fun clip!

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funtoosh, March 9, 2006 at 1:25:52 AM CET

whooo, nürnberg rocks! i never really got into what they were all about, until recently, and now this is, as dec said, loads of great fun!

(since when are they with epitaph?)

progosk, March 9, 2006 at 2:07:10 AM CET

major fun. (watch out, he's got a knife!) great/simple camework, perfect edit, nice styles, good 'tude, infectious tune. for some reason i'm thinking devo meets franz ferdinand.

thx, dec.

funtoosh, March 9, 2006 at 2:20:07 AM CET

they'll be playing in italy & austria in a couple days and will be in the US in april with ART BRUT, don't miss! (i forgot, tourdates here)

progosk, March 9, 2006 at 2:32:33 AM CET

€5 on the 24th - it's out in the boondocks, but i think i'll catch this one. (thx f/t)

familiar, March 9, 2006 at 2:38:43 AM CET

Just saw them in Toronto and Montreal and they were great.

kurse23, March 9, 2006 at 2:50:11 AM CET

spyguy, March 9, 2006 at 5:18:41 AM CET

To all and all, I find it so funny how the community was slagging me all day today for my impromptu comments and then I see this video. First off I will say that I have been a fan of these guys since day one and if you have not had the chance to see them live go check em out as they rock.

Now I will go on to say that all the "critics" on here think they know what's best and yes you are entitled to you opinions but come on do your research.

Reading all your comments here makes me kind of curious with what knowledge you have of videos and film. I said earlier today that "it has all been done before and now people just do the same things but make them better" That is when all hell broke loose....well now its really true especially in this case.

All you kids need to go out and do your homework.... Comparing this video to Frandz meets Devo, come on.... it's a total rip off from somthing that should never be ripped off

Progosk you all need to go to your local DVD shop and purchase "Stop Making Sense" then come talk to me !

captainmarc22, March 9, 2006 at 6:32:54 AM CET

spyguy is pissed.

this stuff is all subjective but here's my ADD criteria scale for a music video:

  1. I can't watch the whole thing - stop before it's finished cause I'm bored and/or irritated.

  2. I'll watch the whole thing once.

  3. I'll watch it 2+ times and/or put it on my video ipod.

  4. I'll watch it 2+ times, on video ipod, and email the link to friends.

Most of the videos posted here (including Magneta Lane) get a #1.

Robocop gets a #2.

DFA79 "Sexy Results" gets a #3.

Carpark North "Human" is a #4.

ADD all the way.

progosk, March 9, 2006 at 8:42:06 AM CET

don't be sad, spyguy, don't get mad.

nobody was slagging you for any comments: folks just thought one video you produced sucked. they then appreciated another video you produced. end of story.

the originality debate is a meatloaf too often reheated round here (though i'd never come across the good jarmusch quote).

as regards robocop: i meant the music, and something of their look (i now see it says on their epitaph site "Germany’s The Robocop Kraus are already being touted alongside bands like Franz Ferdinand and Hot Hot Heat in the UK, part of a scene that takes its musical cues as much from 80s icons like Devo and XTC as from the energy of punk" - there goes the originality of my hunches), not the video. and: what does this have in common with demme's chef d'oeuvre other than the band coming on one at a time, and others coming on stage with them? (but: yes, come to think of it, i would like to see sms again. i remember it was a similar kind of energetic fun.) also: one look at the cover of their record, and you know they're going to chuckle at you for accusing them of a 'heads rip...

cap: i had to loop this one for an immediate mutidosis. definitely a #3 for me. (so ADD is like DIGG?)

dec, March 9, 2006 at 9:04:53 AM CET

spyguy just watch the video and say what you do and or don't like about both the music and vision, perhaps drop references like "stop making sense" (thanx i will check it out) but I don't care if you have liked them since day and have original acetate pressings of their records, it doesn't make you "cooler" than some one like me who only heard of them a year ago.

"All you kids need to go out and do your homework...." recycling happens in music fashion art everywhere and it comes down to personal opinion to judge if something is ripped off or simply appropriated. if some one doesn't know something then educate them not ridicule them

kurse23, March 9, 2006 at 10:22:45 AM CET

oh no it true. this is talking heads. he even dances in the same fashion. but I still like it.

turf, March 9, 2006 at 12:25:22 PM CET

You beat me to it - if I heard this on the radio I would've thought it was Talking Heads. (For those of us that lived through the 80s the first time.)

hassinator, March 9, 2006 at 1:20:47 PM CET

Rupert Jones at Draw Pictures in the UK did and inspirational promo for Liverpool potheads Gomez that would be in the same territory as this though a bit more polished in a good way - does anyone have a link for it?

quixoticnyc, March 9, 2006 at 2:02:11 PM CET

Hey gang thought Id add my 2 cents. Its quite obvious that this band is veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery into The Talking Heads. So much that for me personally I wonder why one wouldn't just rather listen to The Talking Heads. This is not to say that song isnt pretty good. To me the song is decent, but on a creative level it just borrows much more than it invents. That is exactly the same of the video. Im not sure thats a bad thing though. I actually think its somewhat fun, dare I say it that the video is a parallel to 'Stop Making Sense, just like the band is To The Talking Heads. The video is well done and fitting. It would all simply be more exciting if it was a case of less imitation more inspiration.

nofare, March 9, 2006 at 3:23:38 PM CET

"Stop Making Sense" by the Talking Heads all the way through. And J. Demme and the Talking Heads did it live! I can't sit through the whole video either.

progosk, March 9, 2006 at 3:53:37 PM CET

hassi: here's a (partial) link to rupert's gomez video (get myself arrested)

à propos gomez: anyone know of an online copy of laurence dunmore's for "we haven't turned around"?

funtoosh, March 9, 2006 at 7:50:27 PM CET

i must have seen a different version of stop making sense, if this is a copy (though an hommage-kind-of-thing, of course).

their music is much more 80s now, right, and i personnally start digging them more because of that. (clap your hands say yeah is david byrne plus yodeling, and is it a bad thing? no ;)

it all gives me the opportunity to revisit all those things i missed back then cause i was busy then getting into other things ...

dec, March 10, 2006 at 2:06:40 AM CET

quixoticnyc, this track is very talking heads (who ruled) but their last album "living with other people" isn't very similar sounding to talking heads, more brit punk styled singing and joy divisionish music at times, thats what makes them good .. variety check em out more, haven't got the latest album yet which this track is off so maybe they have veered more to that t heads sound, still cool. apparently good live too from the prev posts

biccamera, March 10, 2006 at 9:26:41 AM CET

come on. I just checked out their other video on this site (the picture obviously inspired by the cover of "More Songs about buildings and food", the video: an updated "And she was", anyone?) and thats a bit too close to Talking Heads too. The chorus of this song IS "Road To Nowhere". The guitar lines could be from any other T.H song. Both very infectious songs, amusing, simple videos. But it is parody, not even homage. Irritating..I'm glad they are around, but why?

dec, March 11, 2006 at 5:05:27 AM CET

Parody! what makes you think they are taking the piss of talking heads, i didn't see any jokes its clearly homage to me. I think its great som many other bands of the moment are borrowing from talikn heads and its good to see a band flaunting their influence.

dec, March 11, 2006 at 5:10:57 AM CET

so many people on this site seem to not qutie understand the meaning of parody.

n. pl. par·o·dies

    1. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule. See Synonyms at caricature.
    2. The genre of literature comprising such works.
  1. Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
  2. Music. The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.

biccamera, March 11, 2006 at 8:23:10 PM CET

Its great that they can wear their influences on their sleeve. It's all a llittle too close for me, I suppose. Almost obsessive. Whether or not it is parody, depends on the intention of the director and how much infulence the band had. If it is homage, then, why? What are they trying to achieve? Is the song a homage too?

dec, March 12, 2006 at 5:16:30 AM CET

check the other clip posted, its pic is their newest albums cover "They think they are" obyiously implying talking heads,. I'm sure its homage, not sure why but i don't care to much it sounds cool, check their living with other people album its not t headish at all.

tommytime, March 17, 2006 at 9:33:58 PM CET

I think the problem with Robocop Kraus is that they steal so much from Talking Heads that if you were ever a Talking Heads fan back in the day, it comes accross as a shockingly blatant rip-off. I'm glad people are enjoying it. But remember kids, you are not enjoying Robocop Kraus, you are enjoying Talking Heads.

littlelibertine, April 17, 2006 at 9:54:45 PM CEST

there's no such thing as "a bit too close". although the band's got very byrne-ish trends, i think that the vocals aren't too similar, and they certainly have got their own thing going on. just saw them with art brut last week and they were sporting magic markere'd mustaches.


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