"...when the English people started talking about Krautrock, we thought they were just taking the piss."Krautrock is a British term for the experimental rock scene in West Germany existent between The Sixties and The Seventies. Since it's a catch-all term, some of the bands lumped under the genre have nothing in common with each other, and the term could be used abusively to refer to all German rock music. There was no real Krautrock "scene" (the only thing in common between some of the bands listed here was the Record Producer of some of their records, Conny Plank, and, on the other hand, a madcap entrepreneur called Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser - more on him and the movement as a whole in Julian Cope's wonderful book Krautrocksampler). The main distinguishing features of Krautrock are its experimentalism - musically speaking the bands of the genre drew from Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock, avant-garde rock bands (Frank Zappa, the Velvet Underground), Funk and Jazz - and its focus on repetition and minimalism. Krautrock bands were among the first to seriously adopt electronics and explore world music influences, and represented a significant influence on Alternative Rock (especially Post-Punk and Post-Rock), Electronic Music, Ambient, and Progressive Rock.
— Faust, quoted about their song "Krautrock".
Bands commonly cited as Krautrock:
- Achim Reichel
- Agitation Free
- Amon Düül II
- Ash Ra Tempel
- Cluster (especially back when they were still called "Kluster"- starting with Zuckerzeit, the played Electronic Music)
- The Cosmic Jokers
- Floh de Cologne
- Guru Guru
- Michael Rother
- Improved Sound Limited
- Kraftwerk (their first three albums, before they switched to pure Electronic Music. Autobahn still has some traces left over, such as guitars and non-electronic instruments.)
- Organisation, a band containing the two key members of Kraftwerk which released one album in 1969.
- Neu! (yes, with an exclamation mark) and its successor:
- La Düsseldorf
- Out Of Focus
- Popol Vuh
- Tangerine Dream (especially on the early albums- later records are Electronic Music and/or Ambient)
- Thirsty Moon
- Xhol Caravan (Though they are more like a bridge between this and more "conventional" Psychedelic Rock, and released their debut album in 1967)