They’re the band I like to think of as “The Beatles of electronic music.” Taking their name from the German word for “power station” (take that, Robert Palmer!), Kraftwerk formed in 1970, helping to pioneer electronic music, and sparking an influence that’s still as strong as ever.
Last year, Kraftwerk released a box set entitled 12345678: The Catalogue, a collection featuring remastered editions of the group’s core eight studio albums. They also released those albums individually, and we’ve got 1-2-3-4-5 of those landmark releases to give away this week...
All week long on The Afternoon Show, I’ll be giving away a 5-CD set to one lucky winner each day (Trans Europe Express, The Man-Machine, Tour De France, Radio-Activity, and Autobahn)! So, tune in weekdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
It hasn’t been officially confirmed, but Kraftwerk have hinted a second boxed set of their first three experimental albums (Kraftwerk, Kraftwerk 2 and Ralf and Florian) might be out later this year:
“We’ve just never really taken a look at those albums. They’ve always been available, but as really bad bootlegs. Now we have more artwork. Emil has researched extra contemporary drawings, graphics, and photographs to go with each album, collections of paintings that we worked with, and drawings that Florian and I did. We took a lot of Polaroids in those days.”
-- Ralf Hütter
You can also find out more about Kraftwerk in the KEXP Documentary series Pop Goes Electronic, in the “On Demand” section at KEXP.ORG.