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Grönland’s re-release of three completely remastered (Tim Young, Metropolis Studios, London) classic works: NEU!, NEU! 2, and NEU! 75 has been met enthusiastically, with prominent musicians weighing in on the influence of NEU!. Massive press throughout the world accompanied the long-awaited May 2001 release date, and recent quotes from the likes of Blur, David Bowie, Placebo, Radiohead, Sonic Youth and Stereolab clearly show the band retain their influence.
NEU! was/is/will be a big deal in the history of 20th century music. They laid the foundation for scores of musicians who followed them. But why were NEU! so great? Part of their appeal lies in the fact that their music was so simple, so natural and so easy to listen to and absorb. Each of their pieces draws you in with its own unique mood. The music is emotive in so many different ways: the icy melancholy of Weissensee and Leb’wohl, the tranquil yet sinister brooding of Im Glück, the rage and spleen of Negativland, Hero and After Eight, and of course the irrepressible driving energy of Für Immer, Isi and Hallogallo.