Kraftwerk

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Kraftwerk (German: [ˈkʁaftvɛɐ̯k], "power station") 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. 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Tone Float Organisation 4
1990 The Synthesizer Hits Various Artists 1
1993 Decadance Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 X-Ray Mixes Madonna 1
2011 An Anthology: Weighed & Measured Todd Terje 1
2014 Tasty Cakes Ivy Barkakati 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Super Group Festival Various Artists 1
1982 Jive Wire Various Artists 1
1982 Tanz mit dem Herzen Various Artists 1
1984 Breakdance: The Best Music for Breaking Learn to Moonwalk, Electric Boogie, Footwork, Headspin & Top-Rock Various Artists 2
1986 Formel Eins: Special Various Artists 1
1987 Hit It.: Dance & Contemporary Music Various Artists 1
1989 Synthesizer Greatest, Volume 1 Ed Starink 9
1990 Prehistoric Razormaid! Various Artists 1
1990 Top Ten Hits of the 80’s Various Artists 2
1990 1980-1990 Das Jahrzehnt Various Artists 1
1990 Razormaid's Prehistoric 5th Anniversary Issue: Thee Most Tired of Razormaid! Records Various Artists 1
1990 Synthétiseur 4 : Les plus grands thèmes Ed Starink 1
1991 Hit Fascination 5/91 Various Artists 1
1991 Dance Box Various Artists 1
1991 Dance Max 6 Various Artists 1
1991 De Pre Historie 1976, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1991 The Finest Masterpieces in Pop & Rock, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 New Romantic Classics Various Artists 1
1992 New Wave Club Class-X, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Synthétiseur 8 : Les plus grands thèmes Ed Starink 1
1992 Technopolis, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Technopolis, Volume III Various Artists 1
1992 Todo techno Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of New Wave Club Class-X, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Follow Our Tracks Various Artists 2
1993 Industrial Revolution: First Edition Various Artists 1
1993 Synthesizer Greatest, Volume 7 Ed Starink 1
1994 Flieger Flug 4 Various Artists 1
1994 Industrial Revolution: Second Edition Various Artists 1
1994 It's Electric: Classic Hits From an Electric Era Various Artists 1
1994 Space Daze Various Artists 1
1994 The Greatest No.1s of the 80s Various Artists 1
1994 The Ultimate Eighties Various Artists 1
1995 "...Just Can't Get Enough": Originalhits fra 80'erne Various Artists 2
1995 Into the Eighties Various Artists 1
1995 Atmospheric Synthesizer, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1996 Space Daze 2000 Various Artists 1
1996 Our Friends Electric Various Artists 1
1996 The No. 1 Eighties Album Various Artists 1
1996 25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Volume 6: 1981/1982/1983 Various Artists 1
1996 Alles Prima und viele andere Hits Various Artists 1
1996 Chariots of Fire Various Artists 1
1996 New Romantics: 15 Classic Club Cuts Various Artists 1
1997 The Model: 20 New Romantic Hits From the 80's Various Artists 1
1997 40 Single Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Die größten Hits der 80er und 90er aus Österreich: Best of Flieger Various Artists 1
1997 Was het nu 70 of 80? Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1998 The Perfect Beats, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1998 Straight Up Detroit Shit, Volume 5 DJ Assault 1
1999 Electronic Eighties, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 Electropop Essentials Various Artists 1
1999 Electro-Funk Essentials Various Artists 1
1999 Now That’s What I Call Music! 1982: The Millennium Series (Millennium) Various Artists 2
1999 80's New Wave, Volume II: Electronic Eighties Various Artists 1
1999 Totally Awesome 80's (1980 - 1982) Various Artists 1
1999 Best of the 80’s: 60 Fantastic Songs Various Artists 1
1999 Pop Complete Various Artists 1
2000 Machine Soul: An Odyssey Into Electronic Dance Music Various Artists 1
2000 Essential Mix François K 1
2000 Best of the Eighties Various Artists 2.15 1
2000 Le Club Originals Various Artists 1
2001 Q: Anthems Various Artists 1
2001 Club Class: Alternative Various Artists 1
2001 No.1s of the Eighties Various Artists 1
2001 Relax! The Ultimate 80's Mix Various Artists 1
2001 Techno Pop 4 Various Artists 1
2001 The Greatest Eighties Collection Various Artists 1
2001 The Greatest New Romantic Collection Various Artists 1
2001 Underground: La Compile by Actuel Various Artists 1
2002 The Official Adventures of Grandmaster Flash Grandmaster Flash 2
2002 Rough Trade Shops: Electronic 01 Various Artists 1
2002 Electric Dreams: 80's Synth Pop Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Absolute Synth Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Ultra 80's vs. Electro 01 Various Artists 1
2002 Deck Safari, Part One Air 1
2002 Simian Mobile Disco Various Artists 1
2002 Smooth Grooves: At the Club Various Artists 1
2002 The Original Electro Album Various Artists 1
2003 Big Day Out 03 Various Artists 1
2003 L'album pop rock 1960-1979, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2003 1980s Number 1's Various Artists 1
2003 All New Wave Various Artists 1
2003 Ultimate New Wave Various Artists 1
2004 80's Reloaded Various Artists 3
2004 Uncut: The Best of 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 The Original Electro Album, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Break Beats Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez 1
2004 Astralwerks New Music 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 I Love Music 1980-1984: It's Electric Various Artists 2
2004 Social Classics Volume 3: Dread Meets B-Boys Downtown - The Hip Hop Sound Of New York 81-82 Various Artists 1
2004 The Original Electro Album Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Pop Various Artists 1
2005 Real Eighties: Hits + Extended Mixes Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Album Tracks... Ever! Various Artists 1

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