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Neu! (pronounced [nɔʏ]; German for "New!"; styled in block capitals) were a West German krautrock band formed in Düsseldorf in 1971 by Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother following their departure from Kraftwerk.[4] The group's albums were produced by Conny Plank, who has been regarded as the group's "hidden member".[5] They released three albums in their initial incarnation—Neu! (1972), Neu! 2 (1973), and Neu! 75 (1975)—before disbanding in 1975. They briefly reunited in the mid-1980s.[6]

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Neu! in 2000. From left to right: Klaus Dinger, Michael Rother.
Neu! in 2000. From left to right: Klaus Dinger, Michael Rother.
Background information
OriginDüsseldorf, Germany
Years active1971–1975, 1985–1986
Past members

Though Neu! had minimal commercial success during their existence, the band are retrospectively considered a central act of West Germany's 1970s krautrock movement.[7] They are known for pioneering the "motorik" beat, a minimalist 4/4 rhythm associated with krautrock artists.[7] Their work has exerted a widespread influence on genres such as electronica and punk.[8]

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