Originally posted by Steve Roby:
Watched the documentary DVD the other day. Did my ears deceive me, or were the boys listening to La Düsseldorf as background music in a couple parts? There's a song on one of their albums that sounds like a precursor to "Astradyne," and Klaus Dinger mentioned Ultravox as one of the bands obviously influenced by La Düsseldorf....
There is an obvious connection through Conny Plank who produced Systems of Romance, Vienna and Rage In Eden. Conny Plank also produced La Düsseldorf's first album that has the self titled tracks that is very similar to Astradyne.

I seem to recall an interview with Ultravox where they said they liked the music that was happening in Germany at the time. On Billy's new web site you can look at photos taken at Conny Plank's place while they were recording Rage In Eden. Holger Czukay is in one of the photos.

Another obvious influence can be heard when you listen to 'Sonnenrad' by Michael Rother.