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“The Model” is a song by the German electronic music band Kraftwerk. It was originally released in September 1978 as part of their album “The Man-Machine” (German: “Die Mensch-Maschine”). The song gained significant popularity in the early 1980s when it was re-released as a single in 1981, achieving commercial success and becoming one of Kraftwerk’s most iconic tracks.

Kraftwerk The Model Single Cover

“The Model” (German: “Das Model”) was written by Kraftwerk members Ralf Hütter and Karl Bartos, with lyrics by Emil Schult. The song’s creation is rooted in Kraftwerk’s exploration of themes related to technology, modernity, and the interplay between humans and machines. The band, known for their pioneering use of synthesizers and electronic music production, crafted a song that both satirizes and celebrates the fashion industry and the concept of the model as a modern icon.

The lyrics of “The Model” describe a fashion model who is admired and desired for her beauty and presence. The song narrates how she captivates people in high society and how photographers and fans are eager to capture her image. The lyrics, sung with a detached, almost robotic tone, reflect Kraftwerk’s thematic focus on the dehumanization and objectification inherent in the modeling industry. The chorus, “She’s a model and she’s looking good,” is both catchy and critical, emphasizing the superficial allure and the commodification of beauty. “The Model” is characterized by its minimalist electronic sound, typical of Kraftwerk’s style. The song features a steady, driving rhythm created by a drum machine, a repetitive and melodic synthesizer riff, and a bassline that gives it a distinct groove. The use of vocoder effects on the vocals adds to the song’s futuristic and mechanized feel. The production is clean and precise, showcasing Kraftwerk’s innovative approach to electronic music.

Although initially released as part of the “The Man-Machine” album in 1978, “The Model” gained significant commercial success when it was re-released as a single in 1981. In early 1982, the song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it Kraftwerk’s most commercially successful single in the United Kingdom. Its popularity extended to other countries, solidifying the band’s influence on the emerging electronic and new wave music scenes.

Kraftwerk – The Model – Lyrics