Snobsite.com, the online home of the music snob’s dictionary, is worth a look and a giggle. A bit too close to home for a music snob like me.
This rather dry excerpt about Kraftwerk is typical….
“Kraftwerk. Acutely German, acutely secretive inventors of â€œrobot rockâ€ (their preferred term), a highly mechanized dance-pop heavy on synthesizers, vocoders, and lyrics about robots, computers, trains, and bicycles. Founded in DÃ¼sseldorf in the late â€™60s by the KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN-influenced art students Ralf HÃ¼tter and Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk effectively invented electronic pop music with their five albums released between 1974 and 1981, Autobahn, Radioactivity, Trans-Europe Express, The Man Machine, and Computerworld, all the while toying with Teutonic stereotypes by appearing in photographs as waxen, short-haired, emotionless mannequins. HÃ¼tter and Schneider have since become semi-recluses, infrequently releasing albums and playing live, though itâ€™s said that they beaver away at their DÃ¼sseldorf studio, KlingKlang, on a daily basis.”