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This section lists Kraftwerk references that do not belong in the other
sections of my web site. At the bottom are links to other site of
interest to Kraftwerk fans.
These are instances in which Kraftwerk was mentioned in a book, magazine,
movie, television show, etc.
- In episode 3F19 of The Simpsons, which first aired in North America on
April 28 1996,
a German character was impatient to wrap up the story because he wanted
to get back to Stuttgart in time to see Kraftwerk perform. In his car
he was playing some music that sounded like Kraftwerk but was
actually "Caterpillar" by DJ Keoki.
The episode capsule
is at the Springfield Nuclear Power
Plant, but it doesn't say much about Kraftwerk.
- Pascal Bussy wrote a book about Kraftwerk entitled "Man, Machine and
Music". Apparently it's not very accurate. I haven't yet located a
- There are two more books about Kraftwerk. One is by Wolfgang Flur, a
former member of the group. It is titled " I Was a Robot".
The other is titled "From Dusseldorf to the Future (With Love)"
by Tim Barr. Note that there are two editions of the Flur book, and
they are slightly different; the second includes a section about how
members of Kraftwerk apparently tried to suppress the first edition.
Thanks to Joshua Kassel for filling in the details about these books.
- Kraftwerk's "Autobahn" once made the top 40 in the United States.
- The original version of the PC game "Electro Body" by the
Polish game group X-Land, and the later English re-release "Electro
Man" under the Epic Megagames banner, used one of the KW Speak &
Spell samples as a teleport sound effect.
- Kraftwerk are mentioned briefly in the 2000 movie
High Fidelity, when
two characters are discussing the possible musical influences of
a band of local skateboard punks. An anonymous reader writes that
just before that scene, the Man Machine 12" LP can
be seen on one of the shelves in the record store. The Kraftwerk
mention is also in the book of the same title by Nick Hornby.
- Luca Dassi contributes this about the movie
The Big Lebowsky:
There's a sequence when Julianne Moore shows an LP cover which
is titled "Autobahn - Nagelbett" with three guys in red
shirts with black ties on the cover and says: "It's some kind
of technopop and they released it in the mid-70s." The three
men are the bad guys in this very funny story, some
criminal nihilists with terrible German accents. The three nihilists
are played by Peter Stormare, Torsten Voges and Flea (of the Red
Hot Chili Peppers). BTW "Autobahn" is the name of the
band while I think "Nagelbett" is German for "Bed
of nails". See also
- On April 27 2001, Dave Rout, Andreas Gregor, Michael Idzerda and
Fred Exelby formed a one-time-only Kraftwerk tribute band called
Die Roboter. Along with DJs Chris Twomey and Grew Clow, they put on a
Kraftwerk tribute evening at the Rancho Relaxo
club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Links: The
home page (warning: Flash only), and a saved copy of the
article about the show.
- On the DVD of the movie Gladiator, there is an interview with Hans Zimmer
in which he wears a Robots T-shirt. This tip comes from
r.poolton on the Kraftwerk mailing list.
- Ganz allein informs us that an excerpt from Home Computer was
played during the first act of the revival of the play "The Search
for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe",
starring Lily Tomlin at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.
- Kraftwerk is occasionally used as background music for radio promotions.
CJSW in Calgary is one such. Ilych reports that a Chicago station used
the phone noises from The Telephone Call in an ad for a call-in
request show, and that another station used the intro from It's More
Fun to Compute as background for their DJ on one show.
- On episode two of season two of the British sitcom Father Ted,
there was a
talent contest in which priests impersonated musicians. Four priests
were seen standing behind keyboards impersonating Kraftwerk. Thanks to
Ian Harper and Mark J. Stagg for this amusing tidbit.
- Der Automat writes that in 2001, Korean video artist Nam June Paik
exhibited at the Gugenheim museum. In a piece entitled "A Garden
of Televisions", some footage from the Music Non Stop
video was visible.
- The opening theme of the Travolta action flick
Swordfish is a
Paul Oakenfold remix of Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock, which
sampled heavily from Trans Europe Express. So in effect the
theme used Kraftwerk sounds thrice removed.
- Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk made a cameo in a German TV movie
called Klassentreffen. This movie was aired on February 20,
2001 on Germany's SAT 1. Thanks to Harald Westphal for the report.
- The movie soundtrack for
Tour de France. Thanks to Joshua Kassel for the tip.
- Josh also says there is a commercially available video of the
"Stop Sellafield" protest concert, which includes a
performance by Kraftwerk.
- The often vulgar Spanish band Mojinos Escozios mentioned Kraftwerk
as make-out music in their song Soy Una Maquina De Hase El
Amo. Thanks to Der Automat for the mention.
- Tony Smith writes that a Computer World poster was sometimes
visible on the DJ room door on the TV series
WKRP In Cincinnati.
- Shaun Vaughan writes that the DJ Tiga mix album American
Gigolo contains a track titled DJ Naughty - Boing Bum
Tschag, which can be taken as a Kraftwerk reference.
book about Kraftwerk has recently appeared, this time by Albert Koch.
- Sydney-based group Gerlin released a single called "Children
of the Telepathic Experience" in 1998, which included a track
titled Craft Werked. It is not known if this is a Kraftwerk
reference. (Reported by Der Automat)
- Another possible naming reference is a track called
Homewerk to appear on the November 2003 Planet Mu
compilation "Children of Mu". (Reported by Der Automat again)
- Christophe Socquet reposts that in the movie "Curse of the
Pink Panther" (the French version, at least), the sounds made
by the Harley 2600 computer are the same Speak & Spell samples
used in the introduction of Home Computer.
- The Vienna Symphony Orchestra reportedly was planning to play a
Kraftwerk piece during the opening ceremonies of the Wiener
Festwochen 2003 on May 9, 2003. No word on whether or not it
actually happened. (Reported by Klaus Zaepke)
- The October 2003 issue of Record Collector magazine has a large
article on Kraftwerk.
- MuzikJunky reports that one of the songs in the Hindi-language
science fiction film "Koi... Mil Gaya" uses a melody that is
a slight variation on Trans-Europe Express.
- The tenth anniversary issue of MOJO magazine has a feature called
"Hello, Goodbye" that talks about ex-members of famous
bands. Karl Bartos is mentioned in his connection with
Kraftwerk. (Thanks, Gina)
- People often comment that the closing theme of the movie
"Blade Runner" sounds very much like Metropolis.
I think it's just a coincidental similarity, which is why I
haven't listed it as a cover or sample.
- Frank X. Cordero reports that the first four measures of The
Robots were used as a telephone sound effect in the 2005/01/15
episode of Saturday Night Live.
- The book The Artwerk of Kraftwerk looks at the inspirations
for Kraftwerk album cover designs.
- Ivo Peeters reports that the July 2005 edition of the Dutch
magazine Oor has a 10-page special about Kraftwerk and the
bands they have influenced.
- Tristan Kackl reports that Pocket Calculator has often been
used as background music when DJs read mail on Chicago 1300 AM
(Radio Disney). He also says that Ruckzuck was used as the
theme song for a PBS TV show called Newton's Apple.
- Der Automat reports that the TV program Making The Movie, in the
episode about the movie The Island, used Tour de France
2003 as background music.
- Ehdee reports: "In the video for 'The New Pollution' by Beck
you see Beck and his band dressed in many styles such as '80's
glam-metallers and.... You guessed it Kraftwerk. In a brief shot
you see them looking quite Man Machine-esque and robotically
turning to face the camera."
- The London edition of Time Out magazine (week of 2005/10/14)
claims that Nelson Mandela likes to listen to Kraftwerk for
- Lech reports that Zadie Smith's novel "On Beauty"
mentiones Krafterk briefly.
- Fantomasz reports that Kraftwerk music is to be used in the soundtrack of
the Russian movie Glubina (Depth).
- MuzikJunky reports that Trans-Europe Express was used to
communicate with aliens in the Bollywood film Koi... Mil Gaya.
- There is a disco in Madrid called Autobahn. Der Automat
reports the address is Leganitos 25.
- Joan Chia played The Model on the National Carillion of
Canberra. There is a video available
here. Thanks to Twingo for pointing this out.
- John Shilcock points out the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear
Before You Die. Look at the
- MzDe reports that Minimum Maximum was nominated for a
Grammy award in the Electronic/Dance Album category in 2005.
- One of the main characters in the anime series Nerima Daikon Brothers
regularly wears a red shirt with black pants, jacket and tie. This is
probably just a stylistic choice and not a reference though; his brother
wears the same outfit with a blue shirt.
- In the ending credits of episode 25 of the anime series Pani Poni
Dash, fan-submitted artwork is shown while the credits run. One image
is a replica of the Man-Machine album cover with the band members
replaced by one of the anime characters.
- The soundtrack of the Joy Division movie Control includes
weird Russian ice cream ad uses Pocket Calculator as its music. (Warning:
very obnoxious website laden with slow-loading ads.)
- There is a bizarre video of a cover/parody called Ve Are The Chickens
These are instances where other artists have explicitly stated that they
were influenced by Kraftwerk, or have mentioned Kraftwerk in some other
kind of statement. Most of these are from album liner notes.
ARTIST: Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force
ALBUM: Don't Stop... Planet Rock 2000
Kraftwerk is mentioned in the Special Thanks section of the CD
According to Rob Holman, this group was originally started as a sort
of Kraftwerk spoof. Apparently the cover of their album Freedon of Choice
is a reference to the cover of The Man Machine.
ARTIST: Duran Duran
There was a rumor that Duran Duran was intended to be something
between Chic and Kraftwerk. Luca Dassi sent me this quote from an
interview with Nick Rhodes, who said it should have been more between
Chic and the Sex Pistols: "What we did was take that ethic
together with the electronic music of Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder,
and all that disco stuff as well, and mixed it in with glamrock."
ARTIST: John Foxx (soloist, founder of Ultravox)
Luca Dassi tells me that John Fox has mentioned Kraftwerk as an
influence several times, including at least twice in the liner notes
of his compilation Assembly.
ARTIST: Gary Kemp (of Spandau Ballet)
Gary named The Model as one of his three all-time favorite
songs when he appeared on M-80 radio on June 22, 2001.
THANKS TO: Der Automat.
The Swedish band Kent have at some point said that they were
influenced by Kraftwerk, and have made a song titled Musik Non Stop.
THANKS TO: Alex.
ALBUM: The Genius of Komeda
The back cover of this album is a sort of tribute to the
front cover of Computer World.
THANKS TO: Todd.
ARTIST: The Network
Apparently this band has claimed a Kraftwerk influence.
THANKS TO: Ted Janik.
ARTIST: William Orbit
The announcement for his new album Hello Waveforms at the
Sanctuary Records website mentioned Kraftwerk as an influence on Orbit.
ARTIST: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
According to Rob Holman, this album was named after the original
band name of Kraftwerk.
ARTIST: The Peatbog Faeries
Not a confirmed tribute or influence, but this seemed the best place
to list it.
There is a title track and another called Trans Island Express.
THANKS TO: Ian Tyson.
It is rumored that member Pascal Languirand once said in an interview
that the name Trans-X was inspired by Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express.
ALBUM: We'll Never Stop Living This Way
The liner notes of this album say that Kraftwerk are the only
white rhythm group to influence black music.
ALBUM: Artificial Intelligence (v/a compilation)
NOTE: There is nothing on this album that sounds
much like Kraftwerk, but in the liner notes, UP! (Richie Hawtin)
and Dr. Alex Paterson include Kraftwerk in their lists of
influences. UP!, Musicology, The Dice Man and Dr. Alex Paterson
all list a Kraftwerk track in their personal "top five
electronic tracks" lists.
Online Kraftwerk Resources
Here are links
to other Kraftwerk-related web sites.
Please note I haven't yet visited them all myself and
don't have time to police them, so I don't guarantee that they work or
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