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Music / Techno Pop

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Music. Non stop.

"I don't want to be your sex object.
Show some feeling and respect.
I don't want to be your sex object.
I've had enough and that's a fact."
—"Sex Object"

Techno Pop (also known as Electric Café) is the ninth album released by Kraftwerk. The album was released in 1986 through Warner (Bros.) Records in North America and EMI internationally. Sampling is chronic in this one — that's pretty much down to the band switching for digital equipment when they were working on it.

This would also turn out to be the band's last album for 17 years, not counting 1991's The Mix, 2000's Expo 2000 EP, or indeed the many remixes and performances of songs from this very album among others throughout The '90s.


Side One

  1. "Boing Boom Tschak" (2:57)
  2. "Techno Pop" (7:42)
  3. "Musique Non-Stop" (5:45)

Side Two

  1. "The Telephone Call" (8:03)
  2. "Sex Object" (6:51)
  3. "Electric Café" (4:20)

Boing. Boom Trope. Boing. Boom Trope. Boing. Boom Trope:

  • Album Title Drop: Strangely, there's one for either version ("Techno Pop" or "Electric Café"). Being Kraftwerk songs, both songs naturally drop their names several times.
  • Heavy Meta: The album conceptually can be thought of as entirely about the production of electronic sound/music.
  • Sampling: Makes up the structure of pretty much every song on this album. "Boing Boom Tschak" and "House Phone" do this to hell and back.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: "The Telephone Call" marks a rare lead vocal performance from Karl Bartos.
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Every - yes, every track on this album has synthetic voices, or "synthetic electronic sounds" as is mentioned on "Techno Pop".
  • Telephone Song: "The Telephone Call" and "House Phone". One has lyrics, the other consists entirely of mixed up samples.

Alternative Title(s): Electric Cafe