For all the influence the New York punk explosion of the mid-’70s has had on indie rock to this day, the most celebrated bands that made their names at C.B.G.B. almost all issued their debut albums on major labels. The truly great D.I.Y.
Of all the bands in the fertile and wildly creative early ’70s German scene that the English music press dubbed “Krautrock,” Kraftwerk had the most commercial success and influence, Can the most innovative approach, and Neu! the most distinctive sound.