We are(n't) the robots: Florida man isn't "Kraftwerk," just "David Sanborn"


  • Photo via "Krafwerk's Big Day" flickr
The power of belief is a funny thing, it can make us believe in gods, aliens, or even that a Lakeland man legally changed his name to "Kraftwerk." 

David "Not Kraftwerk" Sanborn took the internet by storm last week with an album on Flickr called "Kraftwerk's Big Day", wherein he performed a series of mundane errands (trip to the DMV, getting breakfast, shopping for records) all while dressed in the iconic Kraftwerk "man machine" uniform, spread like wildfire. The photoset featured a Florida Driver's license photo that suggested that Sanborn had legally changed his name to "Kraftwerk." Not the case, as he told the AV Club: "I didn’t intend to fool anybody. ... I just had a rather mundane day ahead of me, dealing with the DMV, and I thought, ‘Well, let’s see how non-mundane I could make it.'" Sharp-eyed locals might remember Sanborn as co-owner of Bad Mood Records with Michael Donaldson (aka Q-Burns Abstract Message). [UPDATE: Read Sanborn's first-person account of "Kraftwerk's Big Day" here – weirdly, he chose to share it on an automotive blog. Ah, the internet.]

But really though, when your name is already that of smooth-jazz icon David Sanborn, do you even need to entertain the notion of a name change? Watch the other David Sanborn jam out with Sonic Youth on "I Wanna Be Your Dog" below.

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