“Music is about intensity… the rest is just noise.” —Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter.
Kraftwerk are one of those bands who exist in their own stratosphere. They do so because they refuse to be caged, be it musically or lyrically the band champion innovation beyond normality.
Whether it is their dedication to telling fans how to make their music on a calculator, or indeed their 40-minute jazz interpretation of their mega-album Autobahn—the band are one unto their own. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in their live show. It’s a performance unlike any other and we think we may have unearthed the beginnings of it.
The video below was shot only six months after the band’s inception. It features Ralf Hütter on keyboards, Florian Schneider-Esleben on flute (vibing hard) and Klaus Dinger on drums.
It’s a mesmeric performance, not least because of the music but because this is the beginning of one of the most innovative bands the world has ever seen.