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  • 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 it was created when Ralf got pissed off when activists in England and North America accused the original version of being a pro-nuclear song.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Most fans agree that Autobahn through Computer World represent their best work. However, Electric Café and Tour de France Soundtracks are often viewed as good albums in the fanbase, despite not being influential enough.
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    • Then there's the entirety of the influential Trans-Europe Express, which is widely considered to be Kraftwerk's masterpiece.
    • 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.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Intermission", "News", and "The Voice of Energy", all from Radio-Activity. "Intermission" only serves as an interlude into "News", an avant-garde piece comprised of various samples of Ralf's voice, while "The Voice of Energy" is a Badass Boast from the voice of energy that serves as a Shout-Out to the Voice of America radio station.note  All three come out of nowhere and have barely anything to do with the rest of the album other sharing the "radio" theme.
  • 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 
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    • Every version of "Radioactivität" from The Mix onward has condemned "Kernfusion"—nuclear fusion. note 
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • According to David Buckley's biography of the band, Kraftwerk: Publikation, Wolfgang was this in the 1980s, due to being perceived as "the cute one" of the group.
    • Karl is one due to his musical talent, status as the Only Sane Man of the classic lineup (stemming from his autobiography), and his sheer Adorkableness.
  • Face of the Band: Ralf and Florian, the co-founders of the band. Until Florian left in 2008.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With the Daft Punk fandom. Both fandoms share a love of electronic music, and the overlap between the two is significant.
    • With The Wiggles fandom, of all bands.
    • With the Devo fandom. Both fandoms have a good overlap, and both bands are often seen as "underrated" by their respective fandoms.
    • With the Einstürzende Neubauten fandom. Both fandoms are dedicated to experimental (West) German bands. It's fairly common on sites like Tumblr to see people get into one band via the other.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The single "Tour de France" was supposed to have been issued as the first single from the album Techno Pop, before the production work on the album had been completed. The album was shelved when Ralf ended up in a coma from a cycling accident.
  • 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 Radio-Activity 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. Fitting, given how Jim Parsons reportedly based his portrayal of Sheldon in part on the band.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Pretty much comes with the territory of being a 70s/80s synth act.
  • Memetic Mutation: the Coke Can Incident of 1981.note 
  • Narm Charm: Songs like "The Robots" and "Pocket Calculator" run on it.
  • 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.)
  • Replacement Scrappy: Downplayed: Some fans refuse to acknowledge the post-1987 additions the bandnote  as true members of Kraftwerk; however, there's not much fuzz about these members outside of that bubble, especially among fans who weren't around for the classic lineup in the first place. This is parodied with the Facebook group "Christian Dads against Falk Grieffenhagen", who consistently (and intentionally) mix Falk up with Florian.
  • Sampled Up: Most people never recognise 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. Just for one example: New Order's Signature Song "Blue Monday" was influenced by several songs, and the Gregorian chant-like section in particular was sampled from "Uranium" from Radio-Activity.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: By the 1980's Kraftwerk was suffering from this, because by then synthesized music was everywhere.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
    • "Morgenspaziergang".
    • "Airwaves".
    • "Computer Love".
  • Tear Jerker: Florian Schneider's passing. What has made it harder for some fans is that a week prior, there were concerns in the fandom that Florian was unwell,note  only to be told everything was going to be okay. In other words, Florian's passing was both fresh in mind and completely out of left field for some fans.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The live shows. Whether it's because they've changed the lineup (again), or because they changed the stage setup, it's a common opinion that contemporary Kraftwerk shows do not hold a candle to those of the 20th century—least of all to the Computer World Tour shows. This opinion's more notable holders include former band members Wolfgang Flür and Florian Schneider.
  • Uncanny Valley: The trope the band ran off with. The music video for "The Robots" is a perfect illustration of this trope in action.
  • Un-person:
    • 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.
    • Averted in the case of Florian, though. It was initially assumed that Florian's departure in 2008, which made Ralf the only remaining founding member, was a big reason why most of the album covers were changed in the 2009 remastered editions to minimalist covers that didn't feature the band members; however, he's actually the only classic member Ralf will acknowledge by name without being pushed to do so, as was shown with Florian's passing, which was officially announced via a joint statement by Ralf and their record label.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Radio-Activity is often considered one of Kraftwerk's weaker efforts, despite it being their first fully electronic album and the title track being an integral part of their stage show, but its fusion of melodic pop and use of early sampling technology have become more applauded in recent years.
    • Electric Café, aka Techno-Pop, was poorly received at the time, and is still not considered one of Kraftwerk's better albums, but it is now regarded by many to be quite a good instrumental hip-hop and electro album, showing Kraftwerk embracing their music's popularity within the hip-hop and electronic dancing scenes of the mid-80s and producing music specifically for the purpose of breakdancing. It being a good gateway album for people not drawn in by Kraftwerk's normally rigid sound certainly helps.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Allegedly, The Mix was created to make dance club-friendly versions of the band's songs (which were more slower and melodic for electronic music at first).


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