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Rowan Collinson Rowan Collinson | 12:02 UK time, Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Kraftwerk in concert

It’s testament to their impact on popular culture that, over the past four decades, Kraftwerk have become a byword for all that’s fantastic about electronic music.


Cited by pretty much everyone who’s ever picked up a synthesizer, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say electronic music wouldn’t exist in the form it does today without Düsseldorf’s finest. From house to techno via electro-pop and trance; it can all be traced back to the glowing analogue synths of 1974’s ‘Autobahn’.             


Four decades on and Ralf Hutter and his cast of conspirators – some human and, lest we forget, some robot -  continue to inspire and fascinate in equal measure. Perhaps it’s the mythology that surrounds them, from the impenetrable fortress of Kling King Studios to the cycling (oh, the cycling!), but most of all it’s the timeless quality and warmth of their music.    


This weekend 6 Music celebrates 30 years since Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’ hits number 1 in the UK charts. On Friday’s Now Playing @6Music we’re kicking it off by putting together the ultimate Kraftwerk inspired playlist… but we need your help.


 We want you to get in touch with your Kraftwerk related track suggestions and stories about the band. It could be:         


*your favourite Kraftwerk tracks, b-sides and rarities. 


*Music which influenced their sound, from the krautrock of Neu! and Amon Duul II to Can and Faust. 


*Acts who’ve sampled or paid homage to their sound; from OMD and Coldplay to New Order and Afrika Baambaataa.  


*Bands they’ve influences – from synth pioneers Heaven 17, Soft Cell and Depeche Mode to dance icons Derrick May and The Orb via David Bowie.


*New bands and musicians channelling their unique spirit, from Factory Floor to Joe Goddard.


You can leave your suggestions right now, via Facebook, e-mail, twitter (using the hashtag #kraftwerk6music), drag a track to our shared Spotify playlist or leave a comment on the blog below. Most importantly if you're a Kraftwerk fan remember to tune to BBC Radio 6 Music from 7pm on Friday and keep it locked over the whole weekend. 


  • Comment number 1.

    Thanks for giving recognition to the iconic Kraftwerk. Interestingly in their hometown of Dusseldorf there is no iindication that reflects the acheivments of this great group. Even in record shops there is little space given to Kraftwerk. maybe they should rename Mintrop strasse to Kling Klang strasse, at least a token jesture...


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