Krautrock > electronic experimental > electro-pop band from Düsseldorf, Germany, formed in 1970.

Formerly known as Organisation, Kraftwerk debuted live as the trio of Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider-Esleben and Charly Weiss at the Tivoli Popfestival, Aachen on 11 July 1970. Klaus Dinger took over as drummer after that. Gigs between 26 December 1970 and 30 July 1971 omitted Hutter, with various line-ups including Michael Rother and others. Dinger & Rother then split-off forming Neu!. First known Hutter/Schneider gig is 2 February 1972 at the Fabrik, Altona, Hamburg, which instigated the partnership that developed into the well-known electro pop band continuing for decades with an expanded line-up after the hit single Autobahn.

Current members:
Ralf Hütter (July 1970 to December 1970, January 1972-) Lead Vocals, Vocoder, Synthesizers, Keyboards, Organ, Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Henning Schmitz (1987-) Electronic Percussion (1987–) Sound Engineering
Fritz Hilpert (1987-) Electronic Percussion, Sound Engineering
Falk Grieffenhagen (2013-) Video Technician

Former Members:
Karl Bartos (1975-1991) Electronic Percussion
Klaus Dinger (1970-1971) Drum
Wolfgang Flür (1973-1987) Electronic Percussion
Andreas Hohmann (1970) Drum
Eberhard Kranemann (1970) Bass Guitar
Thomas Lohmann (1970) Drum
Houschäng Néjadepour (1970) Electric Guitar
Michael Rother (1971) Electric Guitar
Florian Schneider-Esleben (1970–2008)
Charly Weiss (1970) Drums
Plato Kostic (a.k.a. Plato Riviera) (1970) Bass Guitar
Peter Schmidt (1970) Drums
Emil Schult (1973) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Klaus Röder (1974) Electric guitar, Electronic violin
Fernando Abrantes (1991) Electronic Percussion, Synthesizer
Stefan Pfaffe (2008-2012) Video Technician

Maxime Schmitt has been a close friend of the group as well as an advisor and collaborator.
Emil Schult has also collaborated on many releases, contributing both lyrics and graphics.


Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk album art Kraftwerk Kraftwerk (Album) Philips Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2 album art Kraftwerk Kraftwerk 2 (Album) Philips Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian album art Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian (Album) Philips Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Autobahn album art Kraftwerk Autobahn (Album) Philips, Philips Canada 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Radio-Aktivität album art Kraftwerk Radio-Aktivität (Album) Kling Klang, HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola Argentina 1975 Sell This Version
RL 10-6 Kraftwerk - Ralf And Florian / Atlantic Crossing album art Kraftwerk / Rod Stewart Kraftwerk / Rod Stewart - Ralf And Florian / Atlantic Crossing(LP, Transcription) AFRTS RL 10-6 US 1975 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Trans Europa Express album art Kraftwerk Trans Europa Express (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang, EMI Electrola, EMI Electrola USA & Canada 1977 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Die Mensch•Maschine album art Kraftwerk Die Mensch•Maschine (Album) Kling Klang, Kling Klang, EMI Electrola France 1978 Sell This Version
RL 21-8 Kraftwerk - The Man Machine / Future Bound album art Kraftwerk / Tavares Kraftwerk / Tavares - The Man Machine / Future Bound(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 21-8 US 1978 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Computerwelt album art Kraftwerk Computerwelt (Album) EMI Electrola, EMI, Kling Klang Germany 1981 Sell This Version
RL 25-1 Kraftwerk - Computerworld / Come And Get It album art Kraftwerk / Whitesnake Kraftwerk / Whitesnake - Computerworld / Come And Get It(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 25-1 US 1981 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Electric Cafe album art Kraftwerk Electric Cafe (Album) Kling Klang, EMI, EMI, EMI Italy 1986 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - The Mix album art Kraftwerk The Mix (Album) Kling Klang, Electrola Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Tour De France Soundtracks album art Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks (Album) EMI, EMI Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Minimum-Maximum album art Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum (Album) EMI Europe 2005 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - 3-D (Der Katalog) album art Kraftwerk 3-D (Der Katalog) (Album) Kling Klang, Parlophone Europe 2017 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - 3-D (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) album art Kraftwerk 3-D (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) (Album) Parlophone, Kling Klang Germany 2017 Sell This Version
none Kraftwerk - 3-D - Radioaktivität album art Kraftwerk 3-D - Radioaktivität(CD, Album, RP) Parlophone, Kling Klang none Germany 2017 Sell This Version
RL 34-5, P-15111 /15112 Kraftwerk - Styx II / Autobahn album art Styx / Kraftwerk Styx / Kraftwerk - Styx II / Autobahn(LP, Transcription) Afrts, Afrts RL 34-5, P-15111 /15112 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kraftwerk - Ruckzuck album art Kraftwerk Ruckzuck Philips South Africa 1970 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Kohoutek - Kometenmelodie album art Kraftwerk Kohoutek - Kometenmelodie (Single) Philips Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian album art Kraftwerk Ralf & Florian Philips 1973 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Mitternacht / Morgenspaziergang / Kometenmelodie I album art Kraftwerk Mitternacht / Morgenspaziergang / Kometenmelodie I (EP, Single) Philips Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Kometenmelodie 2 album art Kraftwerk Kometenmelodie 2 (Single) Vertigo UK 1974 Sell This Version
Kraftwerk - Autobahn album art Kraftwerk Autobahn (Single) Philips US 1974 Sell This Version

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February 4, 2018
Kraut rock, garage eletronic, ambient, electro (founders of the genre I would say) and synth pop and probably a few more styles. The precursor of the precursor. Legendary and untouchable. Amazing that these guys invented this sound so long ago and it still hasn't been been duplicated. I bow humbly to thee.


May 21, 2017
I went to see them yesterday at Antwerp, both Autobahn and Radioactivity shows.
Brilliant, both they always have been, and always will be.


February 9, 2017
The 2009 remastered cd versions are the cat's ass - no vinyl needed. The sound is absolutely stunning !


January 6, 2017
When it comes to muscial inspiration and influence people automatically reel of the names....beatles, led zeppelin, clash which is totally plausible but these guys for some unknown reason escape everyones radar? without kraftwerk you wouldnt of had the elctro bands of the 80s like depeche mode, blancmnage, nor the post punk of joy division as Sumner openly stated that Kraftwerk influenced him at an early age. No Joy Division means no New order!
After looking at a few of their song titles, do you really need any additional description of their sound? "Pocket Calculator," "Autobahn," "Metropolis," "Electric Cafe," "Computer World," and "Ohm Sweet Ohm" correctly cast this animatronic ensemble as the creators of musical LED displays and cold steel configurations. Their Techno/pop sound reproduces the rigid "Kling Klang" of industry. Their music is so lost in the matrix of artificial intelligence, a soul emerges. And a Funk as well.
Their history has taken them from a handful of musicians of an inscrutable pedigree that created illusory Krautrock in a vibrant German avant-garde to the vanguard of electronic pop. Their contributions to the histories of dance and electronic music is immeasurable.


April 20, 2016
I have a gatefold double vinyl album that is in a black sleeve with sound-waves in blue and white. Bought new around 1970. And just called Kraftwerk. Although I see some tracks listed here I don't see that version? It is on Vertigo with the black and white psychedelic label. I think later versions had the spacecraft?


July 15, 2015
Aaaah kraftwerk is a great band
the man machine is my number one favorite album like the robots is my number one favorite song about them


April 12, 2014
Hi everybody.
Hope someone can solve a little doubt.
On forum Italia we discussed about a misprinting or varation name of band Kraftwerk found Kraftwork.
as you can see on labels:
We have to decide if it's really a misprinted incorrect name or band had good reason to have a variation name.
Thank you for a kind reply.


March 28, 2014
I managed to find a 7" copy of Kommetenmelodie and Autobahn on Warner Brothers, any kind of rarity in that?


January 24, 2014
I have an early gatefold double vinyl album of their first 2 albums as one, but this was an original release. It was on Vertigo records and was done in a powerplant (hence their name). It had a picture of a modulated sine wave on the cover. I can't find it on the internet! Yet, a couple of years ago, I could find it, and it was fetching a couple of hundred GBPs a copy! Has it gone ultra-rare?


May 21, 2013
Around 11 or 12 years ago a friend and musical compadre of mine asked me "What if they're serious?"

Suddenly Kraftwerk seemed horribly earnest and devoid of all charm, "icy" as the usual dull script goes, and I foolishly went off them almost instantaneously. WHAT was I thinking? Of course they're serious! And of course they're not serious at the same time, such a depth of intelligence and wit. How the hell could a group be "serious" delivering lines like "Interpol and Deutsche Bank, FBI and Scotland Yard...COMPUTER WORLD!" in those deadpan voices? Kraftwerk are so funny it hurts. And of course the records are as brillant as they always were, one of the great beautiful and spiritual monuments to human endeavour. What was I thinking? After being lucky enough to get tickets to see them perform T.E.E. (or most of it anyway, the cheats!) at the Turbine Hall recently I'm happy to say that I rediscovered these monumental and inspirational artists and am currently bopping about the room like a massive cunt to anything and everything they ever made.

Just the greatest, no question. And fuck all that "godfathers of techno" bollocks you dullards, this music is on another plane.

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