In this video from in 1981 on Italy’s Rai TV network, German band Kraftwerk play live the first single released to promote the 1981 album ‘Computer World’ . But here for the occasion they play an Italian version of “Pocket Calculator,” with Ralf singing in Italian!
Kraftwerk released “Pocket Calculator in five languages, English, German, Spanish, French, and Japanese but for some reason not in Italian, so we are guessing the Live version was specially prepared for their appearance on Italian TV.
In a second video below, someone collected the English, German, French, and Japanese versions
If you’d like to see sheet music so that you can play “Pocket Calculator” on a Casio VL-80 calculator, we’ve got you sorted with that over here.
The Bee Gees Rhythm Machine Toy Synthesizer, a small keyboard that also included 4 preset rhythms, was used by Kraftwerk to play the lead on the infamous “Pocket Calculator”.
Watch this one hour documentary telling the amazing story of Kraftwerk and how they became one of the most influential pop groups of all time. A celebration of the band featuring exclusive live tracks filmed at their Tate Modern shows in London (Feb 2013), interwoven with archive footage of the group, newsreel of the era and newly-shot cinematic evocations of their obsessions. With contributions from techno pioneer Derrick May, Can founder Holger Czukay, DJ and remixer Francois Kevorkian, Neville Brody, Paul Morley, Peter Boettcher, Caroline Wood and more.