Kling I Klang

Album: Sonik Kicks (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This song finds Weller cataloguing a series of observations about the Afghan war. It is titled after the private music studio of the German electronic music band Kraftwerk. The recording production facility, whose name is taken from the first track on the Kraftwerk 2, began as an empty room in a workshop premises located at Mintropstrasse 16 in Düsseldorf. As the band became successful, other adjoining rooms were utilized as well. In mid-2009 it was relocated to a new location in Meerbusch-Osterath, around 10 kilometers west of Düsseldorf.
  • Weller told NME about the song's political slant: "It's about our indifference to the troubles in the Middle East. It's been dragging on for 10 years now and I don't think most people know what we're doing there really. You always hear the government saying we're liberating people over there but that's nonsense. Look at Syria now - I saw some guy on the news saying no-one will help us because we haven't got oil and our blood isn't worth anything. This thing with Russia and China blocking the UN vote to help them was f---ing shocking and it shows how ineffectual the UN is. The whole situation in the Middle East, I can't see an end to that."

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