Song Of The Day 11/14/2016: Señor Coconut y Su Conjunto – “Autobahn”
Hey, what an enthusiastic setup for Señor Coconut! This is from the brain of Uwe Schmidt, a German from Frankfurt who had a million aliases, most notably Atom™ and Atom Heart. He moved to Santiago, Chile, which is where he pursued his affection for Latin music. The central moment in the Coconut canon is El Baile Alemán, an album that contains traditional Latin renditions of Kraftwerk songs. I don't know why, but I have an easier time dealing with this than other concepts. It's notably difficult to screw up Latin music, at heart. "The Robots" was a modest college hit, and "Trans-Europe Express" is also well-actualized. But I chose Coconut's version of Kraftwerk's most famous work because of its replication of the original song's introduction of a car starting up. The car in Señor Coconut's version -- well, it's probably not the product of German engineering, we'll leave it at that.