Kraftwerk

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Kraftwerk
Origin Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres Electronic, synthpop, krautrock
Years active 1970–present
Labels Kling Klang, EMI, Astralwerks, Elektra, Warner Bros., Capitol, Vertigo, Philips
Reissues and compilations:
Mute, Cleopatra, Parlophone, Mercury, Fontana
Associated acts Organisation, Neu!
Website www.kraftwerk.com
Members
Ralf Hütter
Fritz Hilpert
Henning Schmitz
Stefan Pfaffe
Past members
Florian Schneider
Karl Bartos
Wolfgang Flür
Klaus Röder
Emil Schult
Klaus Dinger
Michael Rother
Andreas Hohmann
Fernando Abrantes
Plato Kostic (Riviera)
Peter Schmidt
Charly Weiss
Houschäng Néjadepour
Eberhard Kranemann
Thomas Lohmann

Kraftwerk is a electronic band from Germany that became famous in the late 1970s and 1980s for making electronic music. They used a synthesizer to make the rhythms and melodies in the song.

Kraftwerk made electronic music many years before other bands knew it would be popular. They paved the way for the MIDI and digital styles of music to become popular in the 1990s. Many of the sounds from songs such as "Computer Love", "The Robots", and "Trans Europe Express" can be heard sampled by a variety of bands on their current releases. Recently, some of Kraftwerk's original recording equipment was sold on eBay for astonishing amounts. Kraftwerk continues to have a faithful and much deserved following. The band's name is an intentional misspelling of "craftwork".

Main discography[change | edit source]

  • 1970 : Kraftwerk
  • 1972 : Kraftwerk 2
  • 1973 : Ralf and Florian
  • 1974 : Autobahn
  • 1975 : Radio-Activity
  • 1977 : Trans-Europe Express
  • 1978 : The Man Machine
  • 1981 : Computer World
  • 1983 : Tour de France (single)
  • 1986 : Electric Cafe
  • 1991 : The Mix
  • 1999 : Expo 2000 (single)
  • 2000 : Expo Remix (single)
  • 2003 : Tour de France Soundtracks
  • 2005 : Minimum-Maximum (live album)
  • 2007 : Aerodynamik/La Forme Remixes (single)