Their classic and best known line-up, which recorded their best-selling albums between 1975 and 1986, comprised founders Hutter and Schneider with percussionists Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flur.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music. According to The Observer, "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture" and a wide range of artists have been influenced by their music and image. In October 2012, Kraftwerk were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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