1) On the 1975 Autobahn tour, Kraftwerk were supported by a folk singer from Somerset called AJ Webber
2) Two of Kraftwerk’s most famous sound effects came from a speaking-aid for deaf-mute children, and a popular toy.
3) A snippet of Kraftwerk’s ‘Autobahn’ was used as the theme tune to a 1978 BBC children’s drama, Out Of Bounds.
4) On their 1975 Autobahntour, Ralf and Florian would share one room, with Karl and Wolfgang sharing another. On several occasions, Ralf and Florian stayed at a different hotel to the rest of their entourage.
5) Florian’s father was the architect of Germany’s first multi-storey car park – oh, and Bonn Airport. Paul Schneider-Esleben’s buildings were designed in a modernist style, prioritising the use of concreteand glass.
6) Kraftwerk was a provocative name for a band in early ’70s West Germany. A grass-roots ecological movement against the building of Kraftwerke (power stations) was briefly popular. Naming your band after one, and putting a huge picture of another on your first record’s gatefold, was just a little bit punk.
7) Ralf Hütter didmeet Michael Jackson in the 1980s, to discuss a collaboration that never materialised, according to Wolfgang Flür.