A much-heralded German EM band known for its self-described "robot pop," Kraftwerk has been making a comeback since it was honored by the Grammy Academy in January 2014 with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
The band, whose name translates to "power station," was formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf, and fronted by both men until Schneider's departure in 2008. Their signature sound was a sonic blueprint of sorts, marrying hip-hop and techno into rhythmic music performed solely by electronic means. That meant running vocals through a vocoder or computer-speech software – ultimately making them pioneers in the field because they were able to grow the popularity of electronic music around the world.
In the 1970s and early 80s, Kraftwerk's sound was considered revolutionary. The Observer even went as far as to say, "No other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture." What made it even more impressive is that the band worked through a number of lineup changes, including a period of time when Hütter even left the group. By the release of 1972's "Kraftwerk 2," however, he and Schneider were working together again.
Kraftwerk's live performances have always been well-received – even after their work seemed (in the words of Billboard) "completely berefect of human touches." By 1978 the group even began to publicly portray itself as automatons, but saw its popularity wane with the rise of synthesizers and drum machines in pop music. They resurfaced in late 1999 by announcing several tour dates, and released a 'Tour de France Soundtracks' album in August 2003. The live record Minimum-Maximum followed in 2005.
Kraftwerk Announce North American 3-D Tour
Electronic foursome, Kraftwerk, have just announced a North American tour. The shows are an extension of their super successful "Kraftwerk 3-D Tour," which combines music and performance art in a new and innovate way. Although the North American jaunt encompasses only 12 shows, Kraftwerk will cover a lot of ground with stops in Alberta, Oregon,…Read more
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