The Model

Album: The Best of Kraftwerk (1981)
Charted: 1
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  • She's a model and she's looking good
    I'd like to take her home that's understood
    She plays hard to get, she smiles from time to time
    It only takes a camera to change her mind

    She's going out tonight, loves drinking just champagne
    And she has been checking nearly all the men
    She's playing her game and you can hear them say
    She is looking good, for beauty, we will pay

    She's posing for consumer products now and then
    For every camera, she gives the best she can
    I saw her on the cover of a magazine
    Now she's a big success, I want to meet her again Writer/s: Emil Schult, Karl Bartos, Ralf Hütter
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • Daltronix from Iowa, United StatesThis was also covered by The Members and David Byrne did a version on Sessions at West 54th Street TV show.
  • Chris from Germany When they released Man Machine in 1978 they had no idea that they wrote music history with this song. This song was ahead of their time and so I have looked what kind of music at that time was famous and nothing sounded nearly like this

    And so it was not a wonder when they re released it as a b side to Computer Love in the UK it was a hit. Not Computer Love but this was played by BBC the djs etc.
  • Drew T Jensen from West Covina, CaThe first cover of this song was by Phil "Snakefinger" Lithman, which was on the "Chewing Hides the Sound" album, and was the last single from that album.
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaTo Matt from Pinetown: the counting of "eins, zwei, drei, vier" to establish timing is not a parody of English groups, as groups the world over count to set the time. (Russians count, "raz, dva, tri, chetirye", for example.) Ironic, however, might be that setting time would be irrelevant to a group whose beat comes from a machine....
  • Kent from Toronto, CanadaThe German spelling of "Modell" with double "L" is based on the older German term for (fashion) model, "Fotomodell", with the last syllable stressed. Today, a fashion model is generally called, "das Model", single "L", with the first syllable stressed as in English, while other types of models, objects, archtypes or paradigms, are still called "Modell". with the seceond syllable stressed. The English version is sung cool and deadpan throughout, while the German origin has the one word "korrekt!" sung uncharacteristically loud and with some force.
  • Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaIn concert, they count "eins zwei drei vier". This originally comes from the 1977 album release of Showroom Dummies (aka Schaufensterpuppen, aka Les Mannequins) and is a parody of the English-language rock groups shouting "One Two Three Four!".
  • Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaFor Kraftwerk, known for singing about machines and contraptions, this is the only song of theirs about a human being. And it became #1 in the UK.
  • Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaDuring a tester before a concert, Ralf Huetter sings the final line as "Now she's a big success I'd like to f*** her again". This is the only known time that Kraftwerk has cussed in public. This is available on bootleg but is rare.
  • Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaDas Modell was covered by Rammstein. They wanted to rename it "Die Hure" (the whore) but Kraftwerk stopped them, so it became a straight cover version.
  • Matt from Pinetown, South AfricaThis song was released in German countries as Das Modell.
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