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Charted: May 13, 1978

Rating: 4.357 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: electronica

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Album Tracks:

  1. Die Roboter (The Robots)
  2. Spacelab
  3. Metropolis
  4. Das Modell (The Model)
  5. Neonlicht (Neon Lights)
  6. Die Mensch-Maschine (The Man Machine)


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 130
peak on U.K. album chart 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Neon Lights (10/28/78) #53 UK
  • The Robots (6/1/91) #20 UK

Notes: Parenthetical references indicate the American titles of the original German songs.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Die Mensch Maschine (The Man Machine)
The Man-Machine is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop – less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, Trans-Europe Express, there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals (The Robots, Spacelab, and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject (Neon Lights and Metropolis). Plus, there’s The Model, a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character’s glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of The Man-Machine – in particular among Kraftwerk’s oeuvre – had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new romantic movement” (Huey).

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Last updated April 13, 2008.