Is it possible to underestimate the influence of Kraftwerk on modern music? The German electronic music pioneers inspired the British synth-pop boom of the early 80s, as well as the early hip-hop that emerged about the same time. All modern dance music and electronica owes a great deal to Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, et al.
Having formed in 1970, the band had moved to making wholly electronic music by the middle of the decade. Their 1974 album, Autobahn, was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. They continued to enjoy success, with 'The Model' reaching the top of the UK singles chart in 1982. Since then they have hardly been prolific, releasing only two new albums of new material, but they continue to tour (albeit without founder member, Florian Schneider) including an eight day retrospective of their electronic work at New York's Museum of Modern Art this year.
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