When Günter Körber left the pioneering Hamburg label Brain to found Sky Records in 1975, most of the big names currently associated with Krautrock such as Can, Faust and Neu! were either petering out, neutered by the mainstream or splitting up. But it was also the year in which Kraftwerk were beginning to gain worldwide recognition as a prototype electropop quartet, while both David Bowie and Brian Eno were about to confer a new respect on experimental German music of the era, which hitherto had been largely disregarded or sniggered at by the international music press. Krautrock was both dying and taking on new life, new forms.
Eno’s association with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of Cluster would result in two Sky albums, 1977′s Cluster & Eno and the following year’s After the Heat, which would help establish the new label financially. There was a brief period in which Sky played host to a number of Krautrock and neo-Krautrock artists who specialized in studio-based experimentalism, leaving behind the guitar-based, long-haired collectives of the late ’60s in search of more compact, electronic ways of musical being. These included the Cluster members, Asmus Tietchens, Neu!’s Michael Rother, Conny Plank and the ill-fated, blue-lipsticked Wolfgang Riechmann, who made a single electropop album, 1978′s Wunderbar, for Sky, before being murdered in a barroom brawl — the Great Lost Elektronische Futurist Boy.