Peter Hook has actually paid tribute to the late Florian Schneider by hailing Kraftwerk as the main motivation for his old bands Happiness Division and New Order.
It was revealed on Wednesday that Schneider, 73, had actually died in late April following a brief fight with cancer – triggering homages from a host of artists varying from Midget Ure to The 1975’s Matty Healy.
Hook added his voice to the homages on Thursday by composing a post for NME in which he discussed how Kraftwerk influenced Happiness Division and their late frontman Ian Curtis, who passed away in 1980, in specific.
“I was so sad to hear of Florian Schneider’s death,” he composed. “My earliest memory of Kraftwerk was being provided an LP by Ian Curtis. He offered me (their tunes) Autobahn and after that later on Trans Europe Express. I was definitely mesmerised by both.
” Ian recommended that each time Happiness Division go on phase, we must do so to Trans Europe Express. We did that from our first show, till almost our last.”
Describing Kraftwerk’s impact on Happiness Division’s minimalist appearance along with their music, he added: “Kraftwerk were such a substantial impact on us, both musically and stylistically. Ian was so in wonder of the manner in which they dressed and the method they functioned as well as theirmusic It was the best triangle. If you listen to a great deal of music now, you hear Kraftwerk’s impact entirely.”
Nevertheless, the rocker stated New Order, who were formed by former members of Happiness Division after Curtis’ death, was even more in Kraftwerk’s financial obligation musically, including: “Happiness Division were extremely connected to Kraftwerk, however it wasn’t till we got to New Order and were able to manage the toys that our main source of motivation ended up being, ‘Let’s swindle Kraftwerk’.”
The Charlatans frontman Tim Citizen likewise paid tribute to Schneider on Thursday by hosting among his Twitter listening celebrations in honour of Kraftwerk’s 1981 album Computer World.