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Cologne, Germany (1968 – 1979)

Can was an group founded in Cologne, Germany in 1968. Describing themselves as an “anarchist community”, they constructed their music largely through improvisation and editing, in a way similar to several composers of the time. They had only occasional commercial success, but exerted a huge influence on subsequent and music. They are generally held to be one of the finest of the original bands, and are among the most important artists in recent music history.
A lot of their initial popularity came from positive press in the UK (when many other Krautrock bands were shunned by UK media such as NME) and airplay on John Peel’s BBC radio programmes, which led to extensive touring in the UK. They also gained exposure in Germany by doing soundtrack work for German filmmakers.

Keyboardist Irmin Schmidt and bassist/producer Holger Czukay had studied electronic music together under Karlheinz Stockhausen circa 1966. Schmidt was inspired to start the group following a trip to New York where he was “corrupted’ by Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground. As well as Schmidt and Czukay, the initial lineup included guitarist Michael Karoli, a former pupil of Czukay; and drummer Jaki Liebezeit.

Their first vocalist was an American sculptor, Malcolm Mooney, who joined them living in an old castle with their own music studio, Inner Space. Mooney added a sort of “outsider artist” approach to his improvised vocals, but the chaotic lifestyle was damaging to his mental health and he eventually fled back to the USA on advice of a psychiatrist. He later contributed to the ‘reunion’ album Rite Time in the mid ’80s.

Mooney was replaced by Kenji “Damo” Suzuki, found busking outside a café in Munich.

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  • fank19

    The drums overwhelm me. Goddamn.

    22 Apr 4:04pm Reply
  • jimanderson1234

    Quando é que vcs vem para o Brasil ?

    20 Apr 3:17pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Jaki Liebezeit made Can.

    17 Apr 2:18am Reply
  • Lobotomy77

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aJnsV8F2oY

    3 Apr 5:24am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    Surely one of the greatest and most influential bands of ALL times!

    2 Apr 1:20am Reply
  • hex_enduction

    Slowly realizing that Can is possibly the best band of all time.

    31 Mar 5:09pm Reply
  • Goatlordlord

    Can anyone tell me why the album cover of the remastered "Anthology - 25 Years" has Malcolm Mooney cut out?

    26 Mar 8:36pm Reply
  • lordinfamous

    <3

    16 Mar 10:12pm Reply
  • sumliennie

    Monster Movie ничем не хуже, а кое-где даже лучше альбомов с Дамо Сузуки.

    12 Mar 7:35pm Reply
  • voinyl

    come to brasil

    11 Mar 3:48pm Reply
  • MilitaryTwoStep

    "Damo Suzuki made Can. " then why is Monster Movie the best can album with Tago Mago being a close second, stupid.

    10 Mar 5:04pm Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    Is it me or is the little blurb in the last.fm scrobbler tool thingy longer than other artists? I guess that just reinforces the "most important experimental artists in recent music history" part, they're so important they get an extra couple sentences! or i could be losing my mind. great band.

    24 Feb 8:32pm Reply
  • oo-_loo

    bizim can

    24 Feb 6:27pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    Man what great memories I have from listening to Can high as fuck. Those were the days...

    21 Feb 6:05pm Reply
  • jussi_m

    "Damo Suzuki made Can." nah, not really

    17 Feb 7:03pm Reply
  • Buckshot_Shorty

    Mitsubishi.

    16 Feb 2:12pm Reply
  • WS9167

    Damo Suzuki made Can.

    16 Feb 7:37am Reply
  • aquajitsu

    So because one band wasn't a fan of another band, it's proof that band is shite? Interesting logic.

    10 Feb 2:38pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Genesis P-Orridge was obsessed with the Stones, buying every single religiously, and he went on to form one of the most important and challenging underground bands ever. So, maybe not.

    10 Feb 2:26am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Can were fans of both The Velvet Underground and The Beatles...but not The Rolling Stones. Proof positive the Rolling Stones are shite.

    6 Feb 10:26pm Reply
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