With electro pioneers Kraftwerk headed our way for May’s Vivid LIVE, we thought it was prime time to reacquaint ourselves with their back catalogue. Ahead of these exclusive Sydney performances, MICHAEL HARTT ranks the band’s classic “werks”.
Described by some as the electronic Beatles, Kraftwerk were among a slew of German experimental bands that came to prominence in the late ‘60s- to early-’70s under the broad (and slightly racist) umbrella of Krautrock. What unified Kraftwerk with the likes of Can, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Amon Duul II and Neu! (formed by early Kraftwerk members Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother) was their drive to make music not solely informed by British and American rock, creating something that was uniquely European and progressive.