The members of Kraftwerk are not known to have adopted any party political stance. Many of Kraftwerk’s songs show an interest in the ramifications of technology, but issues are normally dealt with in an ambivalent fashion. The one notable exception to this has been the new version of Radioactivity and Kraftwerk’s subsequent appearance at a benefit opposing the SELLAFIELD nuclear reprocessing plant.
It has been suggested occasionally that Kraftwerk’s concentration on machines reflects Nazi or otherwise fascist views. There is no evidence to support such speculation. Regrettably this has not stopped some of the less intelligent journalists over the years from concluding that an interest in technology coupled with being German equates to Nazism!
The front cover design for The Man-Machine has caused some to comment on fascist imagery, but given that the uniforms are red and the title repeated in Russian, any reference is clearly to Soviet imagery (the Russian Constructivist artist El Lissitsky is an acknowledged influence on the design of the album sleeve).
In 1987 no less a figure than David Bowie played a concert right by the Wall on the Western side – Bowie a global star who’d lived in Berlin, knew its surreal Cold War atmosphere and musical energy well. And fans from the East gathered near the Wall to try and listen.