Big Fan: Kraftwerk

You may or may not know these guys, but you’ve certainly heard their music or bands directly influenced by them (Joy Division, David Bowie, Depeche Mode – Africa Bambata, J Z , Foxy Brown and Mac Dre have all used Kraftwerk samples). Kraftwerk  (translated as Power Plant) was formed in Dusseldorf Germany in 1970 and was one of the first bands to  popularize all electronic music. Kraftwerk’s breakthrough was the 1974 LP Autobahn featuring an 18 minute long song  – car horns, road noise and the lyric “Wir fahr’n fahr’n fahr’n auf der Autobahn” (We are Driving on the Autobahn) repeated over and over. An unlikely hit single but one none the less. This brought them international fame and they would record an LP and tour every few years. 1978 saw the release of The Man Machine. This would establish their, somewhat, severe signature look of red shirts and black ties. They would also unveil the ‘life-like’ mannequins that would ‘perform’ the song ‘We Are The Robots’ on tour. The robots would become more complex over the years and would continue to be used in their live shows. Kraftwerk stopped touring in the 80’s but reformed in 2003 and still perform occasionally – Ralf Hutter being the only original member. Oh and their song ‘Tour De France’ was used in the race segment of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (among other things – like the Olympics)

The Man Machine promo shot 1978 - Florian Schneider, Ralf Hutter, Wolfgang Flur, Karl Bartos

Poster included w/ vinyl of Trans-Europe Express - 1977

Promo shot 1977

Man Machine on German (?) TV - 1978

The Robots

Robots and Humans

The new Kraftwerk on tour - 2003

On Tour w/ The Robots 2003-2006

On Stage 2004

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Posted on November 16, 2011, in Big Fan, Music and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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