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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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  • tildevplus

    can is the greatest im really high right now

    Yesterday 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
  • NeroAsTheLife

    Some of the most creative stuff ! This band rules!

    23 Aug 1:57pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    "Soundtracks would be perfect without Soul Desert" | Perfect without my favorite track on the album?! Blasphemy. Further evidence that people have varying opinions on things and stuff.

    13 Aug 8:39pm Reply
  • Massive_Anus

    the first 5 can albums = the greatest 5 albums back to back. counting the soundtracks album as one of the five.

    29 Jul 11:14pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    YES the new reissue of Tago Mago includes the brain image, not that photo of the band playing!!

    23 Jul 3:21pm Reply
  • sparXnation

    Searching for my brother, yes, I am.

    23 Jul 12:30pm Reply
  • jussi_m

    Soundtracks would be perfect without Soul Desert

    22 Jul 8:09pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    sk_maniak, когда-то говорил с Дамо после концерта, у нас с ним сошлись мнения о лучшем альбоме can

    20 Jul 1:25pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    twistedeye, Sergius Golowin еще послушай

    20 Jul 1:24pm Reply
  • sk_maniak

    future days просто прекрасен бля

    20 Jul 8:33am Reply
  • musicmisc

    objectively one of the best and most influential bands ever

    16 Jul 12:28pm Reply
  • alicewondered

    This band is too good to be real!

    13 Jul 6:01pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    awesome .

    1 Jul 6:06pm Reply
  • drochlen

    Одна из любимых групп на все времена. Лучше краутрок-группы не встречал.

    30 Jun 6:09pm Reply
  • RationalGazerr

    hey you

    16 Jun 3:11pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    On and on and on and on and on etc.

    14 Jun 8:17am Reply
  • BallerCraig

    So aMAZing on "The Lost Tapes"!!!

    13 Jun 5:35pm Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Bardziej alternatywne granie niż cała alternatywa od końca lat 70' po dzień dzisiejszy. I chyba najlepsza sekcja rytmiczna w całej muzyce rockowej.

    29 May 11:11am Reply
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