Jean-Hervé Péron of Faust explains origin of “Krautrock”

November 20, 2009

After a brief discussion in my Faust review with a member of the Faust-Pages mailing list regarding the origin of the opening cut of Faust IV, “Krautrock,” founding member and bassist/vocalist Jean-Hervé Péron stepped forward to explain its origin. Here is his message to the mailing list:

“it is true to say that we named that song as a reaction to the press
which, at that time, were using the term “Krautrock” with a tongue in
cheek attitude which was definitely pejorativ…so we thought “up yours
friends! you say krautrock, you get krautrock !” and laughed …
in the meantime, the term “krautrock” lost its negative touch to even reach a
peek ( when ? i dont know exactly) of sincere respect..and finally has gone
down again to an even worse status as it had at the beginning… they
( the media) use it because it ( still) sells …no matter who plays no
matter what…fuck them ! :)) ( dont worry , i am still laughing..
and it is completly wrong to think we wanted to take the piss out of any
other german or non-german band…:)
ok ?
now you know 🙂
all best
jh

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