Kraftwerk ‎– Radio-Aktivität

Kling Klang ‎– 1C 062-82 087, HÖR ZU ‎– 1C 062-82 087, EMI Electrola ‎– 1C 062-82 087
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Geigerzähler
Written-By – Schneider*, Hütter*
A2 Radioaktivität
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
A3 Radioland
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
A4 Ätherwellen
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
A5 Sendepause
Written-By – Schneider*, Hütter*
A6 Nachrichten
Written-By – Schneider*, Hütter*
B1 Die Stimme Der Energie
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
B2 Antenne
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
B3 Radio Sterne
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
B4 Uran
Written-By – Schult*, Schneider*, Hütter*
B5 Transistor
Written-By – Schneider*, Hütter*
B6 Ohm Sweet Ohm
Written-By – Schneider*, Hütter*

Companies, etc.



There are two different inner sleeves availabe. All show the black and white photography on one side and the antenna graphic (with Emil Schult) on the other side. But some early printings do not include the lyrics which were added later.

Some initial copies had a sheet of 16 yellow stickers and one of the yellow stickers on front. Only the first edition was released with the small "HörZu" sticker on front cover. On later editions this was printed.

Early pressing had a 12"x12" b/w insert "German Rock Paradise" with LP cover images of mostly German bands (Triumvirat, Kraftwerk, Can, Tanned Leather, Jail, Eloy, Gebrüder Engel, Sweet Smoke).

Produziert 1975 - Klingklang Studio, Düsseldorf

Ⓟ1975 Kraftwerk
Made in Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side, stamped): 82 087A-1
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side, stamped): 82 087B-1
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other Versions (5 of 165) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SN-16380 Kraftwerk Radio-Activity(LP, Album, RE) Capitol Records SN-16380 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
HES-9 Kraftwerk Radio-Activity(LP, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Kraftwerk) HES-9 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
S21-56940, CLEO58752 Kraftwerk Radio-Activity(CD, Album, RE) CEMA Special Markets, Cleopatra S21-56940, CLEO58752 US 1992 Sell This Version
ST-11457 Kraftwerk Radio-Activity(LP, Album) Capitol Records ST-11457 US 1975 Sell This Version
E-ST 11457, 0C 062.82087 Kraftwerk Radio-Activity(LP, Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records E-ST 11457, 0C 062.82087 UK 1975 Sell This Version


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April 12, 2016
'Looking for the sleeve of this LP (eventually also the IS and the sticker-sheet),
thank you!


August 2, 2013
I have got a Cd of Radio-Aktivitat and Computer Weld on one cD with both album covers on the artwork. There is no record label number and no list on here. Is it advisable to list it separately or not at all?


December 7, 2011
if this it´s an Electrola-edition too, what´s the difference to the other release from 1975 made in Germany with the same label Number?


July 3, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
'Radio-activity' or 'Radio-aktivitaet', the album is probably most important for placing the group into multilingual territory.

Delivered in German and English, it is also one of the more notorious (at least to some extent) chapters in the group's excellent discography - while 1991's version of the title song delivers warnings regarding exposure, the original album's concept seems at odds befriending such a theme, marking additional reference in exploring the possibilities of radio-friendly music display.

Considering the middle from which it marks its radical cry, 'Radioactivity' is a striking 'album-zero' - its ambience is not an ear-pleasing experience despite the fact many pieces included - 'Radio-activity', 'Radioland', 'Airwaves', 'Antenna' and 'Ohm Sweet Ohm' - are not that much of a stylistic (albeit more sterile) drift from the soothing shades of 'Ralf & Florian' and 'Autobahn' previously.

But considering the time of its release, 'Radio-activity' is 'Panasonic' twenty years too early (a connection between the German foursome and the Finland's frequency extraordinaires is simply undeniable). What makes it so powerful and intimidating, are the tiny snippets of menacing electronic noise - starting with 'Geiger Counter', which in itself is a warning that the album you play is to be handled with extreme caution. Try and play it loud - it is far too risky that some of the sounds might seriously damage the ear ('Radio Stars' in particular).

'Radio-activity' is quite clear in its message regarding the issue, it is as sentimental as it is distant and unclear about the substance. 'Radioland' and 'Airwaves' continue with melodic shifts but altogether, they are not meant to relax - disturbing S.O.S.-like sounds and low frequencies constantly distract from focus. 'Intermission' and 'News' are the most humorous pieces from the set - if not listened to closely, these two particular tracks are actually a medley ('Intermission' already kicks in during 'Airwaves' fade out) and cannot be properly detected from one another, which makes it effectively clear of individual subject's invisibility.

'The Voice of Energy' sounds like a merciless announcement - the generator which comes to life, announcing its possibilities but between the lines not altogether too clear about, as hissing white noise in the background sounds like it's about to burst any second now. In similar fashion comes 'Uranium' (a tiny outro to 'Radio-activity'), projected from within the now-dehumanized environment. 'Transistor' is the most powerful piece of actual music here - drawing its thin line between jazz, classical and folk music, interpreted with actual warmth as opposed to the consequences of radioactive substance abuse. While the melody is ultimately sad and sensual, it is also a frightening scream - paving way to a sudden, kind of 'happy-ending' conclusion in 'Ohm Sweet Ohm'; which starts no less menacing, with a generator's vocal mantra, disappearing into its comforting soundtrack, still optimistic in providing the image of a better future, despite all of radio-activity's negative aspects.



April 25, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
It is funny to me that the first time I ever heard this album, I'd found a CD copy in a budget bin and had taken it to a friends house where we ended up listening to it in his basement while we were riding out a tornado warning. While I wish I could say the music was perfect for it and it was a life-changing moment, I was probably about 14 and didn't appreciate its simplicity. I think I took it out halfway through and put on some Ministry or something. Now, of course...well, it's Radioactivity by Kraftwerk and I'm a phaser slut...and a vocoder slut...and a slut for basically everything on this record.