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Munich, Germany (1968 – present)

Amon Düül II emerged in 1968 out of the scene of hippies and squatters in Munich, Germany, but their strong interest in music led them to go their own way. They took their name from the old Egyptian name Amon, being an Egyptian sun god, and Düül, a character from Turkish fiction. Their personnel changed constantly, but maybe the most permanent members were Renate Knaup (vocals), Chris Karrer (guitar, violin), John Weinzierl (guitar), Peter Leopold (drums), Falk Rogner (organ, synthesizer). After several successful albums with a style that reached from long improvisation to more structured rock songs they split. Later they tried several resurrections but none of them brought back the old days of glory.

Amon Duul was initially an anarchist commune, but it split into two factions, Amon Düül (sometimes called Amon Düül I for disambiguation) and Amon Düül II. ADI was more politically inclined, but ADII preferred making music. Their anarchist tendencies are clearly seen in their music, especially on the albums Yeti, Tanz Der Lemminge, and Wolf City.

They can be seen as having two distinct periods in their glory days, the improvisational period and the compositional period. The improvisational period consisted of albums such as Phallus Dei and Yeti, and, to a lesser extent, Tanz Der Lemminge. These albums all featured long, improvisational tracks (Phallus Dei was entirely improvised, and disc two of Yeti was as well, but Tanz Der Lemminge only featured one improvisation). Their compositional period starts with Carnival in Babylon and is highlighted by Wolf City. In this period, the band moved to more structured composed pieces.


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  • iamholgerczukay

    v In a lot of case, Spotify just references when an album was reissued on CD. They don't bother tracking down the actual release date. Yeti does sound like it could have been released in 2006 though!

    9 Jun 1:40pm Reply
  • mefurgly

    I actually believed Spotify when it said the album "Yeti" came out in 2006. Fucking unbelievable music. This is changing my life.

    1 Jun 8:06am Reply
  • Blekwave

    Soap Shop Rock has to be one of the most amazing things human beings have ever made. Seriously.

    23 Feb 2:39am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @tildevplus Uh... Yeti? Wolf City? Phallus Dei? This stuff all rules.

    9 Jan 10:44pm Reply
  • Sad_florenthine

    I enjoy this wierd-ass music and this wierdo band. How could any one not enjoy this bullshit german band? I love it.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Amon Holmes II

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • outfield7790

    Deutsch Nepal :->

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    vv You're fucking mad.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tildevplus

    amon duul II is not good, go listen to amon duul and literally anything else but stay far away from "II"

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • danielkosilov


    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    "@ Bequeathed: "great band, but I never liked the vocals" ... Renate's vocals?" : For me, I know this is the case. Songs like, "Green-Bubble-Raincoated-Man" and... that's her on "Between the Eyes" right? Most of her vocals are too damn goofy. On Archangel Thunderbird she's constantly warbling in and out of key, I never got the love for her voice. The band is fantastic, I just wish she didn't sing so much.

    18 Aug 2014 Reply
  • suzyOcean


    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    музыка крайне интересная и разнообразная - от чисто краутовых полотен до вполне нормального почти фолк-рокового сонграйтерства. рекомендуется всем, кто хочет познать краутрок.

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Dekkul

    If Amon Duul II are weird, you should definitely listen to Faust.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • UlyssesBlake10

    @Nakkinak I wouldn't go that far..

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DustinDaniels

    Well i really enjoy the track! Not as great as "Wie der Wind.." and Sleepwalker's Timeless Bridge on the same release, though. Those are outstanding.

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • outandabout93

    Surrounded by the stars is probably one of their weakest songs.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • ira_soulmate

    Surrounded By The Stars >>>>>> other Amon Duul II tracks

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jimanderson1234

    Foda pra caralho !!!

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Dayvenkirq

    @ Bequeathed: "great band, but I never liked the vocals" ... Renate's vocals?

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
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