Here’s Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” performed by German elementary school kids wearing handmade cardboard robot outfits

By on January 23, 2016

Last year, an elementary school teacher named Lars Reimer dressed up his students at Lemmchen Grundschule in their own handmade robot outfits and taught them to sing and perform Kraftwerk’s classic 1978 hit “The Robots” (“Die Roboter”), which we think certainly puts Reimer in the running for being named “the coolest school teacher ever!”

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Reimer — who teaches a year one class in Mombach, a district of the Rhineland city of Mainz, Germany — then uploaded the awesome video to his Youtube account, which gave the rest of the world a chance to see his cute kids in “Kinder der 1. Klasse at GTS Lemmchen Mainz-Mombach” all dressed up in these genius cardboard robot costumes they made themselves.

Ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos — who co-wrote the song in 1978 for their The Man-Machine album with bandmates Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider — was made aware of the video and then posted it to his Facebook page.

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Bartos also left the following message on Reimer’s Youtube page:

“Was für fleissige Roboter! Ihr seid grossartige Musikanten! So einen tollen Musikunterricht hätte ich früher auch gerne gehabt. Schöne Grüße aus Hamburg!”

We’re not 100% sure, but we think this roughly translates into English as: “What a hard-working robots these are! You’re excellent musicians! I would like to have had such a funny lessons when I was young. Lovely greetings from Hamburg!”

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And even though we really enjoyed this, we think we should also continue to post occasional warnings here on Night Flight about the potential danger of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and the possibility of robots taking over our world in the future, replacing obsolete humans altogether.

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.