Footage surfaces of the band before they looked — or sounded — like Kraftwerk.
After forming in 1970, Kraftwerk made their German television debut on Rockpalast. For the first time, their full 40-minute performance has appeared online.
With long hair and leather jackets, the band hadn’t yet settled on their austere black and red outfits and clean-cut look. More interestingly, the band’s music at this early stage was more post-punk than synth-pop, no matter how avant-garde. The lineup at this point including founding members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, plus drummer Klaus Dinger, who would form krautrock act Neu! with Michael Rother the next year.