Kraftwerk

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Kraftwerk (German pronunciation: [ˈkʀaftvɛɐk], "power station") is a German electronic and pop music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1969 in Düsseldorf. The band was fronted by both Hütter and Schneider until Schneider's departure in 2008.

Kraftwerk emerged from the German "krautrock" scene in the early 1970s, releasing three albums in an experimental rock style before embracing electronic instrumentation in the middle of the decade, including synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments. They achieved commercial success with albums such as Autobahn (1974), Trans-Europe Express (1977), and The Man-Machine (1978). During this time, they developed a distinctive style which combined electronic music with catchy pop melodies, sparse arrangements, and repetitive rhythms, and adopted a stylized visual image which often employed matching suits. Member Wolfgang Flür left the group in 1987. They released their final album Tour de France Soundtracks in 2003. Schneider departed in 2008. As of 2016, the remaining members of Kraftwerk continue to tour.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's sound was highly influential; they were among the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered to be innovators and pioneers of the genre. The band has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music, including synthpop, hip hop, and dance music. According to The Observer, "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture" and a wide range of artists have been influenced by their music and imagery. In January 2014, the Grammy Academy honored Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Kraftwerk 3 6
1972 Kraftwerk 2 3.35 6
1973 Ralf & Florian 3 5
1974 Autobahn 3.5 14
1975 Radio-Aktivität 4 15
1977 Trans Europa Express 4.4 21
1978 Die Mensch‐Maschine 5 15
1981 Computerwelt 4.5 19
1986 Electric Cafe 3 9
2003 Tour de France Soundtracks 4 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Kraftwerk 1 / Kraftwerk 2 5 2
1975 Exceller 8 1
1981 Elektro Kinetik 1
1992 The Model: Retrospective 1975–1978 1
1995 The Best of Kraftwerk 1
2008 The Best 5.1 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2005 Minimum-Maximum 4 9

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 The Mix 4.5 9
1999 Re-Werked Remix 1
2000 Expo 2000 Remix 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1974 Autobahn 2
1974 Kometenmelodie 2 2
1975 Radioaktivität 5
1977 Showroom Dummies 3 4
1977 Trans Europa Express (single) 3
1978 Das Model 5 4
1978 Neon Lights 1
1981 Pocket Calculator 4
1981 Computer Love / The Model 2
1981 Computerwelt 1
1983 Tour de France 6
1987 The Telephone Call 2
1991 Die Roboter (1991) 6
1999 Expo2000 4
2003 Tour de France 2003 4
2004 Aerodynamik 4
2007 Aerodynamik + La Forme (Remixes) 1
Kohoutek Melodie 1 1
Musique Non Stop 1

Single + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Expo Remix 3 3

Other + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 The Catalogue 5 3

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Frühwerke 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Live 1
Live in Köln 1971 1

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