YMMV / Kraftwerk

  • Accidental Innuendo: The heavy breathing on "Tour de France" sounds a tad too, er, passionate to be an out of breath cyclist.
  • Anvilicious: The Mix version of Radioactivity. Apparently Ralf got pissed off when activists in England and North America accused the original version of being a pro-nuclear song.
  • Awesome Music: All of Die Mensch Maschine, goddammit.
    • Most fans agree that Autobahn through Computerworld represent their best work.
    • And even though the band has disowned them, there's still some great stuff on their first albums. Especially the Krautrock jamming on Kraftwerk or the soothing sounds of Ralf und Florian.
  • Covered Up: A lot of young Rammstein fans sadly probably think that Rammstein wrote "Das Modell".
  • Critical Research Failure: Infamously, on Minimum-Maximum.
  • Ear Worm: So much it's not even funny.
    I'm the operatah with my pocket calculatah. Bleep bloop... Broing!
    • "We are the robots" "veem veem veem vam"
    • "Neeeeeeeeeonlicht"
    • Rare rhythmical example: The drum beat of Trans-Europe Express. chk-chk chk-chk-chk, chk-chk chk-chk-chk...
    • Boing, Boom Tschak, Boing, Boom Tschak.
    • "Autobahn" from Autobahn.
    • "Kometenmelodie 2" from Autobahn.
    • The synth solo (played twice, once in the middle and once as the song's outro) of "Das Modell".
    • "Radioactivity..."
    "'chk, chk, tssh, chk, chk, tssh,...'"
    • Spaaaaaaace... Laaaaaaaaab
    • Boing! Boom-tschak! Boing! Boom-tschak! Ping! Boing! Boom-tschak! Bum bum bum bum bum zum...
  • Ending Fatigue: Autobahn has a couple fake-out endings. It's best to clear your daily schedule if you're going to listen to that song.
    • "Ruckzuck" comes to a complete and natural stop, then after a moment of dead silence, the ending of the song suddenly plays again for a second and last time.
  • Face of the Band: Ralf and Florian, the co-founders of the band. Until Florian left in 2008.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Kraftwerk seem to be one out of two explicitly German bands well-known in the USA. The other one is Rammstein.
  • Growing the Beard: The albums Autobahn and Radioactivity are where Kraftwerk really began to develop their style, Autobahn being somewhat of a transition between their earlier ambient style and their later one.
    • Slightly ironic, given that in all their photos and public appearances from Radioactivity onwards there's no beard in sight.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One common contemporary remark about the band is that a lot of the time, all four of them look very similar to Sheldon Cooper.
  • Narm Charm: Songs like "The Robots" and "Pocket Calculator" run on it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Showroom Dummies", for anyone who knows Doctor Who, or that episode of The Twilight Zone called "The After Hours" where the mannequins are alive.
    • The song "Mitternacht" off of their Autobahn album.
    • "Kometenmelodie" from the same album. Especially the transition between the two movements, which involves a sudden high-pitched screech.
    • The ominous Opening Narration for "Radioactivity" on the second half of Minimum-Maximum.
  • Older Than They Think: No, children, Daft Punk are NOT the first electronic band posing as robots. (They are in fact directly giving homage to this band.)
  • Sampled Up: Most people never recognize it when bands sample from Kraftwerk, but it happens a lot. A lot of Industrial and EBM acts do it, and their drum beats crop up in hip-hop, especially from the '80s and early '90s all the time.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: By the 1980's Kraftwerk was suffering from this, because by then synthesized music was everywhere.
    • This one is especially sad, as newer generations are not likely to recognize them for what they did.
  • Uncanny Valley: The trope their band ran off of.
    • This video is a perfect illustration of this trope in action.
  • Unperson: Wolfgang Flür has become this, after he published his autobiography that deals with his experiences at Kraftwerk.