Kraftwerk Founder Florian Schneider Dies At 73 [VIDEO]

Billboard reports:

Florian Schneider of German electronic band Kraftwerk has died, Billboard has confirmed. He was 73. In a statement, Kraftwerk co-founder Ralf Hütter confirms “the very sad news that his friend and companion over many decades Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday.”

Kraftwerk — with its use of electronic instruments that included homemade and custom-built devices — has been widely credited with pioneering electronic music and influencing various genres across the musical spectrum, including hip-hop, synthpop and rock with their soundscapes, experimentation and technical innovations.

The BBC reports:

The long list of artists to have been influenced by Kraftwerk included David Bowie, who named the track V-2 Schneider on his Heroes album after Schneider; as well Depeche Mode, New Order and Daft Punk. Coldplay used a section from Kraftwerk’s Computer Love in their hit Talk, while Jay-Z and Dr Dre borrowed from Trans Europe Express for their track Under Pressure.

Kraftwerk reputedly turned down Michael Jackson, who wanted to collaborate. They broke through with the hypnotic Autobahn in 1975, and went to number one in the UK with the double A-side single The Model/Computer Love in 1982. Even Kraftwerk’s image was mechanical – during the 1970s, they began to portray themselves as robotic figures, dressed identically and standing in a row behind keyboards on stage.