This hugely influential Arthur Baker-produced hip-hop/electro record wasn’t just inspired by Kraftwerk, it sampled them. The beat came courtesy of the German outfit’s Numbers, while the synth line was a replay of the one from Trans Europe Express.
Tommy Boy Records (the label that Planet Rock was released on) eventually reached an out of court settlement with Kraftwerk, with Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider being credited as co-writers. It’s perhaps ironic, then, that Planet Rock itself has also been sampled numerous times.
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