Kraftwerk

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Kraftwerk (German pronunciation: [ˈkʀaftvɛɐk], "power station") are a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf, and fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008.

The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern 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 image. 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
1971 Kraftwerk 2 3.35 6
1973 Ralf & Florian 3 5
1974 Autobahn 3.5 12
1975 Radio-Aktivität 4 14
1977 Trans Europa Express 4.4 17
1978 Die Mensch-Maschine 5 13
1981 Computerwelt 4 18
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 The Model 1
1992 The Model: Retrospective 1975–1978 1
1995 The Best of Kraftwerk 1
2004 The Catalogue 5 3
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 Remix 3 3
2000 Expo 2000 Remix 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 Das Model 5 4
1978 Neon Lights 1
1981 Computerwelt 1
1981 Pocket Calculator 2
1983 Tour de France 5
1987 The Telephone Call 1
1990 Trans Europa Express 2
1991 Die Roboter 5
1991 Radioaktivität 4
1992 Showroom Dummies 3 1
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

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Frühwerke 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Live 1

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