Kraftwerk were one of the original pioneers and original weirdos of electronic music. Meaning “power station” in German, Kraftwerk formed in Dusseldorf in 1970, and immediately freaked some people out, and inspired others. They were seen as revolutionaries for incorporating electronics, driving repetitive rhythms, and creating catchy melodies that would influence countless genres for decades. They were also known for singing through a vocoder, or using computer-speech software, and of course, those orange shirts and robot hair.
Tim Zawada recently remixed and recorded live over 30 of Kraftwerk’s tracks which you can check out here.