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's 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.
    • Most fans agree that Autobahn through Computer World represent their best work.
    • 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:
    • "Das Model"/"The Model" must have some kind of record for most covered into different genres song:
      • A lot of young Rammstein fans might know it from Rammstein's cover "Das Modell".
      • American Alternative Rock fans might know it from the Big Black cover on Songs About Fucking.
      • The Residents fans might know it from the Snakefinger cover.
      • Latin Americans might know it from the Speedy Techno Remake in Spanish "La Modelo" ("The Model") by Argentinian Clota Lanzetta.note 
    • Likewise, the riff from "Computer Love" is better known as the riff from Coldplay's "Talk".
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Infamously, on the Minimum-Maximum version of "Radioactivity": "One point five kilograms of plutonium make a nuclear bomb."note 
    • Every version of "Radioactivität" from The Mix onward has condemned "Kernfusion"—nuclear fusion. note 
  • Ear Worm: So much it's not even funny.
    • "Pocket Calculator" from Computer World:
      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" and "Kometenmelodie 2" from Autobahn.
    • The synth solo (played twice, once in the middle and once as the song's outro) of "Das Model".
    • "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...
  • 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.
  • 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" (made in both the 1959 and 1985 versions) 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, 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: The trope the band ran off with. The music video for "The Robots" 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.
    • Karl Bartos to a lesser extent. When Kraftwerk performs "The Telephone Call" live, which Karl provided vocals for on the album, they play it as an instrumental.
    • The fact that after Florian's departure in 2008 Ralf is the only remaining funding member was probably a big reason why most of the album covers were changed in the 2009 remastered editions.


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