's "The Model" has been described as the "perfect pop
song". It's catchy
, and simplistic
. What most people don't
realize about Kraftwerk is all the subtleties hidden in their minimalism
, and "The Model" is a perfect
At its core, The Man Machine is a very cynical and depressing album. "The Model", while sounding like a bright spot among the sad tracks, simultaneously exploits the shallowness of the narrator, the subject, and the audience. During sound checks, Ralf has been known to sing "Now she's a big success, I want to fuck her again." In a very sly way, Kraftwerk is poking fun at pop music's traditional subjects.
The jilted lover becomes a jealous stalker; the ex-girlfriend becomes a mindless slut. There's no one to root for in this bitter love story. But hey, the album's about robots -- not just the kinds that beep and blink, but also the ones which walk among us, slaves to their seemingly mechanical whims.
"We are the robots."