Kraut's first performance was opening for the The Clash at Bond International Casino in New York on June 11, 1981. While recording their debut album, An Adjustment to Society (produced by Ryk Oakley), they opened for The Professionals at the Channel in Boston. Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones became good friends with Kraut and recorded extra guitar tracks on the album. Jones' playing was included on "Kill for Cash", "Sell Out" and "Onward". A video clip for "All Twisted" appeared in rotation on MTV, making Kraut the first independent band to be played on the station. The band went on to release a second album, Whetting the Scythe, and toured the USA.
While the band's early sound was more in the classic hardcore punk vein, by the mid-1980s, Kraut had become a hard rock/metal band similar to later period SSD. Christopher Smith from Battalion of Saints joined on second guitar and recorded with the band.
- "Kill for Cash" 7" (Cabbage, 1981)
- "Unemployed" 7" (Cabbage, 1982)
- An Adjustment to Society LP (Cabbage/Faulty/I.R.S., 1982)
- Whetting the Scythe LP (Cabbage/Enigma, 1984)
- Night of Rage LP (New Red Archives, 1989)
- Live at CBGB's CD (New Red Archives, 2004)
- The Movie CD (New Red Archives, 1990)
- Complete Studio Recordings 1981-1986 CD (New Red Archives, 2002)
- New York Thrash tape (ROIR, 1982) "Getaway", "Last Chance"
- Son of Oi! LP (Syndicate, 1983) "Onwards"
- Something to Believe In LP (BYO, 1983) "Pyramids"
- Bang Zoom No. 3 tape (Bang Zoom, 1983) "Don't Believe (live)"
- Flipside Vinyl Fanzine LP (Gasatanka/Enigma, 1984) "Flossing with an E String"
- Enigma Variations (Enigma, 1985) "Juvenile Justice"
- Hardcore Breakout USA (New Red Archives, 1990)
- The Punk, The Bad & The Ugly (Cleopatra Records, 1997)
- At War with Society (New Red Archives, 1998)
- At War with Society II (New Red Archives, 1999)
- Hardcore Breakout - Essential Punk (New Red Archives, 2012)