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is a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian
Schneider. Widely considered to be innovators and pioneers of electronic
music, they were among the first successful acts to popularize the genre.
The group began as part of West Germany's experimental krautrock scene in
the early 1970s before embracing electronic instrumentation, including
synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments, in the
middle of the decade. On commercially successful albums such as Autobahn
(1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), and The Man-Machine (1978), Kraftwerk
developed a self-described "robot pop" style that combined electronic
music with pop melodies, sparse arrangements, and repetitive rhythms,
while adopting a stylized image including matching suits.
The band’s work would exert a lasting and profound influence across many genres of modern music, including synthpop, hip hop, post-punk, techno, ambient, and club music, and inspired a wide and diverse range of artists. According to The Observer, "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture." Following the release of Electric Café (1986), member Wolfgang Flür left the group in 1987. Their last album Tour de France Soundtracks was released in 2003. Founding member Schneider departed in 2008. In 2014, the Recording Academy honored Kraftwerk with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. As of 2018, the remaining members of the band continue to tour.
17 June 2017
|Live - Colston Hall, Bristol|
Not seen Kraftwerk since the
Computer World tour of 1982
Tickets sold out very quick but we managed to get in at Bristol on an absolutely glorious day. Plenty of drink before hand, a necessity as we were going dressed up in traditional red shirt and ties.
Kraftwerk did not disappoint, never sure how much they actually play live but that’s not the point. It’s the total visual and sound experience of one of musics great pioneers that counts.
02. Computer World
03. It’s More Fun to Compute
04. Computer Love
05. The Man-Machine
07. The Model
08. Neon Lights
11. Intermission / News
12. Geiger Counter / Radioactivity
13. Electric Cafe
14. Tour De France / Prologue / Etape 1 / Chrono / Etape 2
15. Trans Europe Express / Metal on Metal / Abzug
16. The Robots
18. Planet of Visions
19. Boing Boom Tschak / Techno Pop / Music Non Stop