Growing up in post-WWII Germany must have been an bizarre thing. The generation after the fascists wound up creating a broad swath of art including cinema, visual art and music that pushed at what was, at the time, acceptable for any of those forms.
In the States, we joke about the mechanized efficiency of the Germanic peoples. And after a listen to “Autobahn” it would appear that Kraftwerk was able to appropriate the stereotype and render it in musical terms.
Ralf and Florian, though, weren’t the only German band of note and in the BBC documentary entitled Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany. Viewers get an hours long look at the scene, who contributed and why it mattered.