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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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  • MisterJunior

    Jaki Liebezeit is one of the greatest drummers in popular music. I'd say it's a toss-up between him and Bill Bruford in my view. The guy can do it all. At times it's difficult to believe that one man is doing all of the drumming on his own.

    11 Dec 5:27am Reply
  • Kansas-Eskimo

    I wish they collaborated with Sun Ra.

    10 Dec 3:01am Reply

    One of the most important bands in music history. They created sounds for future genres and styles as back as the early 70s: world music, electrofunk, disco, trip hop and dubstep, which is extraordinary impressive for a psychedelic rock band.

    8 Dec 11:01am Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    Future Day smooth as a dove's asshole

    26 Nov 9:04pm Reply
  • Jaina999


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  • hayward

    Admittedly hadn't heard of them until seeing INHERENT VICE. Fucking phenomenal stuff.

    22 Nov 10:06pm Reply
  • ParalelFuture

    THIS BAND IS TRULY UNIQUE! They're music is .... (cannot find the words to describe it).....

    5 Nov 9:39am Reply
  • pitchyforks


    28 Oct 4:09pm Reply
  • jussi_m

    Smoke (E.F.S. No. 59) on Flow Motion is great.

    25 Oct 11:26pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    The greatest band for a stoner. Trust me.

    24 Oct 12:32pm Reply
  • ZRFS

    one of the best bands that ever existed, the fathers of experimental music and above all they were and are truly underrated!

    22 Oct 10:53am Reply
  • isakijeszy


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  • lightwarrior179

    This place is gonna blow up once Inherent Vice releases and people get the taste of the PERFECTLY PLACED Vitamin C in its opening credits.

    16 Oct 1:55pm Reply
  • victimofkratina

    Im glad Tago Mago finally got a proper repress.

    11 Oct 5:37pm Reply
  • Ufasas

    Vitamin C, this is it

    8 Oct 8:57pm Reply
  • c0ax

    Это лучшее что я слушал за последнее время.

    5 Oct 12:44am Reply
  • Haddonfield69

    Classic review at

    24 Sep 1:26pm Reply
  • tildevplus

    can is the greatest im really high right now

    22 Sep 5:33pm Reply
  • sls

    I'm so green! I'M SO GREEN

    31 Aug 10:48am Reply
  • Rezzo64

    These guys were nearly as influential as the Velvet Underground.

    25 Aug 8:03am Reply
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