German Music: Kraftwerk Technopop pioneers Kraftwerk

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Known for their minimalist synthesiser soundscapes, Kraftwerk were among the first to explore the limits of electronic sounds. Critically acclaimed from the very beginning, the band's commercial success took its time. In 1974 they released 'Autobahn', thus establishing themselves as pioneers of computerized music.

Many of their songs circle around the topic of computerization, globalisation and new technologies.

Later in their career, live appearances became rarer and their videos were dominated by computerized images.

Their track 'Tour De France' was featured in the film 'Breakdance' and would be used as the official theme by the event itself. The 1990's did not see any new releases but in 2000 Kraftwerk recorded an unexpected single for Expo 2000.