Wolfgang Flür is a German musician, formerly a member of the electronic groupKraftwerk[ from 1973 to 1987, playing electronic percussion. Flür claims that he also invented the group’s electric drums used throughout the 1970s. However, patent records dispute this citing Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter as the creators.
In 1997, Flür founded the band Yamo and released the album Time Pie, a collaboration with Mouse on Mars. Yamo’s next release, the 12″ I Was a Robot, reached number 6 in the German club charts. Collaborations with Pizzicato Five and Der Plan founding member Pyrolator were announced, and the lyrics to a song called “Greed” appeared in Flür’s autobiography, but this material remains unreleased.
In 2000, Flür published his autobiography, Ich war ein Roboter (English version: I Was a Robot).[ The book covers his youth, early career as a musician, and some of his activity within Kraftwerk. Hütter and Schneider filed a lawsuit against Flür, causing a temporary halt of the publication and revision of parts that included disputed accounts of his time with the band.
Recently, Flür has been seen DJing in clubs, playing tech house and electro. He has also played electronic percussion with the German synthpop band Dyko in live shows and on their 2009 cover of Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn”. He has also performed under the moniker “Musik Soldat”.
Japanese singer Maki Nomiya‘s 2005 album Party People included the song “Yamate Line,” with songwriting and co-production credited to Flür/Yamo.