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"This
Will be paradise
If we open our heart
If we open our eyes
Come on
And make it paradise
Where the rivers are blue
And the air is clean
And the grass green"
—From "Cha Cha 2000"
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La Düsseldorf was a German rock band active from 1973-1983, formed by Neu! member Klaus Dinger (guitar, keyboards, vocals) with his brother Thomas (percussion, vocals) and Hans Lampe (keyboards, electronics). Like Neu!, they were an influential latter-period part of the German experimental scene, dubbed Krautrock by UK journalists, and they were important in the development of Punk Rock and New Wave Music - David Bowie called them "the soundtrack of The '80s". They were also far more successful than Neu!, selling over a million records in their home country, all with just three albums in four years.

Thomas and Hans were initially gathered by Klaus to expand the Neu! lineup, performing a few small live shows as La Düsseldorf for practice while Michael Rother was busy with Harmonia. This lineup played on side 2 of Neu! '75, with Neu! subsequently breaking up and La Düsseldorf continuing on as its own band from then on. Their sound continued where Neu! '75 left off, adding greater rock guitar, keyboard and vocal presence to the signature Neu! driving, 4-4 rhythm.note  They also all wore white overalls as a uniform, which they immortalized in the song "White Overalls".

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Their second album Viva gave them their biggest hit, the instrumental "Rheinita", and their best-known song, "Cha Cha 2000", but the band would fall apart from internal squabbles after the disappointing third album Individuellos. Klaus Dinger would attempt to revive the band, or at least use its name, a few more times in the following years but would routinely be blocked by Hans Lampe. He would also reference it and Neu! with the projects La! Neu? and Japandorf until his death on March 21, 2008.

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"Trope to the future with me":

  • Advanced Tech 2000: "Cha Cha 2000".
  • Call-Back: The title of "Lieber Honig 1981" references the Neu! song "Lieber Honig", though it is otherwise unrelated, actually being an instrumental version of "Menschen".
  • Epic Rocking: Many of their tracks go above 6 minutes, with "Düsseldorf" at a meaty 13 minutes and "Cha Cha 2000" their longest at precisely 20 minutes.
  • The Future Will Be Better: The lyrics of "Cha Cha 2000" invoke this trope, calling on the listeners to help create a better future. In addition to the page quote, there are these lines:
    "Can see paradise
    When the wars have all gone
    And it's futur d'amour
    And we care for the weak
    And we share with the poor"
  • Instrumentals: Especially their hit "Rheinita".
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Vögel", a track from Viva, is a mere 1:30 of bird sounds.
  • Self-Titled Album: Their debut, also containing the songs "Düsseldorf" and "La Düsseldorf".
  • Three Chords and the Truth: While the songs could get lengthy and melodic, they were still compositionally simple, especially Klaus's guitar.

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