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Computer World German: Computerwelt is the eighth studio album by German electronic music band Kraftwerk, released on 10 May 1981 The album peaked at number fifteen on the UK Albums Chart It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry BPI on 12 February 1982 for shipments in excess of 60,000 copies

The album deals with the themes of the rise of computers within society In keeping with the album's concept, Kraftwerk showcased their music on an ambitious world tour and issued several different versions of the single "Pocket Calculator" in different languages: namely, German "Taschenrechner", French "Mini Calculateur" and Japanese "Dentaku", or 電卓 A fifth version, in Italian "Mini Calcolatore", was lip-synched to on Italian television in 1981 The compositions are credited to Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, and Karl Bartos As was the case with the two previous albums, Computer World was released in both German- and English-language editions The title of the final track, "It's More Fun to Compute", is in English in all releases, as it is based on the slogan "It's more fun to compete!", which could be seen on old pinball machines There are also some minor differences in the mixes used on English- and German-language releases

Computer World was listed by Pitchfork Media as the forty-fourth best album of the 1980s Pitchfork Media also listed the track "Computer Love" as the 53rd best song of the 1980sSlant Magazine placed the album at number twenty-five on its list of "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s" Rolling Stone named it the tenth greatest EDM album of all time in 2012


  • 1 Singles
  • 2 Artwork
  • 3 Legacy
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Personnel
  • 6 Charts
  • 7 References


The track "Computer Love" was released as a 7-inch single in the UK, in July 1981, backed with "The Model", from the group's previous album The Man-Machine The single reached number 36 in the charts In December 1981 the two songs were reissued as a double A-side 12-inch single, and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in February 1982, although "The Model" received the most airplay

"Computerwelt" was remixed in 1982 as a dance version with additional bass and percussion sounds It was released in January 1982 as a twelve-inch vinyl single only in Germany The original track was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1982 "Computer World" was also chosen by the BBC for use in the titles of their UK computer literacy project, The Computer Programme


The cover is probably a stylized Hazeltine 1500 which was just a cursor-addressable ASCII terminal and not a computer

The inner sleeve artwork, created by Emil Schult and photographed by Günter Fröhling, depicts four slightly robotic-looking mannequins representing the band members and engaging in studio activities performing, recording, mixing, similar to the artwork in the previous album, The Man-Machine, also by Fröhling In two photos, the mannequin representing Karl Bartos is seen playing a Stylophone, an instrument which featured on the track Pocket Calculator


Kraftwerk's production methods are credited with influencing those of hip hop music In addition to the sampling used in hip hop and the most prominent influence, the motorik beat, songs such as "Numbers" are likely sources of inspiration for songs such as "Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliott

Track listing

Side one
No Title Lyrics Music Length
1 "Computer World" "Computerwelt"
  • Ralf Hütter
  • Florian Schneider
  • Emil Schult
  • Hütter
  • Karl Bartos
2 "Pocket Calculator" "Taschenrechner"
  • Hütter
  • Schult
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
3 "Numbers" "Nummern"  
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
4 "Computer World 2" "Computerwelt 2"  
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
Side two
No Title Lyrics Music Length
5 "Computer Love" "Computerliebe"
  • Hütter
  • Schult
  • Hütter
  • Bartos
6 "Home Computer" "Heimcomputer" Schneider
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos
7 "It's More Fun to Compute"    
  • Hütter
  • Schneider
  • Bartos


The original 1981 sleeve notes are relatively unspecific regarding roles, merely listing all the equipment suppliers and technicians under the heading "Hardware" and the various other people involved, such as photographers, as "Software" By contrast, the 2009 remastered edition notes list the performer credits as the following:

  • Ralf Hütter – album concept, artwork reconstruction, cover, electronics, keyboards, mixing, Orchestron, production, recording, Synthanorma Sequenzer, synthesiser, vocoder, voice
  • Florian Schneider – album concept, cover, electronics, mixing, production, recording, speech synthesis, synthesiser, vocoder
  • Karl Bartos – electronic percussion
  • Emil Schult – cover
Additional personnel
  • Günter Fröhling – photography
  • Johann Zambryski – artwork reconstruction


Chart 1981 Peak
Australia Kent Music Report 51
Austrian Albums Chart 14
German Albums Chart 7
New Zealand Albums Chart 28
Swedish Albums Chart 27
UK Albums Chart 15
US Top LPs & Tape 72
US Soul LPs 32


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned "Computer World – Kraftwerk" AllMusic Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  2. ^ Power, Chris 14 October 2009 "Album Review: Kraftwerk – Computer World: Remastered" Drowned in Sound Retrieved 9 July 2011 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin 2007 The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th ed Omnibus Press ISBN 0-857-12595-8 
  4. ^ Snow, Mat November 2009 "Gut Vibrations" Mojo London 192: 110 ISSN 1351-0193 
  5. ^ "Kraftwerk: Computer World" Q London 104: 123 May 1995 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds 2004 The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 4th ed Simon & Schuster pp 468–69 ISBN 0-743-20169-8 
  7. ^ Harrison, Andrew June 1995 "Kraftwerk: Radio Activity / Man Machine / Computer World / The Mix" Select London 60 
  8. ^ H, Andrew 15 February 2005 "Kraftwerk – Computer World" Sputnikmusic Retrieved 9 January 2016 
  9. ^ Cavanagh, David 16 October 2009 "Uncut Reviews: Kraftwerk – Reissues" Uncut London Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert 2 November 1981 "Christgau's Consumer Guide" The Village Voice New York Retrieved 9 January 2016 
  11. ^ NME London 17 April 1982 p 39  Missing or empty |title= help
  12. ^ a b "1981 Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive" Official Charts Company 23 May 1981 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  13. ^ "Certified Awards" British Phonographic Industry 12 February 1982 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  14. ^ "Mini Calcolatore" on "Discoring" on YouTube
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s" Pitchfork Media 20 November 2002 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  16. ^ http://pitchforkcom/features/staff-lists/9700-the-200-best-songs-of-the-1980s/8/  Missing or empty |title= help
  17. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s" Slant Magazine 5 March 2012 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  18. ^ "The 30 Greatest EDM Albums of All Time" Rolling Stone Wenner Media 2 August 2012 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  19. ^ "24th Annual Grammy Awards Final Nominations" Billboard 94 3: 90 23 January 1982 ISSN 0006-2510 Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  20. ^ http://askmetafiltercom/18539/Computer-World-cover
  21. ^ Computer World LP liner notes Kraftwerk EMI 1981 EMC 3370 
  22. ^ Computer World remastered CD liner notes Kraftwerk Mute Records 2009 CDSTUMM 307 
  23. ^ Kent, David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 illustrated ed St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book p 170 ISBN 0-646-11917-6 
  24. ^ "Kraftwerk – Computerwelt" in German austrianchartsat Hung Medien Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  25. ^ "Kraftwerk, Computerwelt" in German chartsde Media Control Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  26. ^ "Kraftwerk – Computer World" chartsorgnz Hung Medien Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  27. ^ "Kraftwerk – Computer World" swedishchartscom Hung Medien Retrieved 1 May 2014 
  28. ^ a b "Computer World – Kraftwerk | Awards" AllMusic Retrieved 1 May 2014 

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