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Did Kraftwerk Steal The Opening Sample On "Autobahn"?


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Did Kraftwerk cop the sound of a car engine revving up (which opens their legendary track “Autobahn”) from an early ’70s sample disc? Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hütter is very vocal about his sample politics; he’s still mad at a German producer over a misused two-second snippet. He described the sound in question as having been recorded from his own Volkswagen in an interview with German TV- Station ZDF, but someone has found that exact sound elsewhere. Listen to “Autobahn” above and then head over to to get the full rundown.