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Wümme, Germany (1971 – 1975, 1990 – present)

Several bands are called Faust:

Faust is a German band, originally composed of Werner “Zappi” Diermaier, Hans Joachim Irmler, Arnulf Meifert, Jean-Hervé Péron, Rudolf Sosna and Gunter Wüsthoff, working with producer Uwe Nettelbeck and engineer Kurt Graupner. The group formed in Wümme, Germany in 1971 and soon began recording their debut, “Faust”, which sold poorly, but established a devoted fanbase. With a series of early 1970s releases, Faust became one of the most significant bands in the genre that would eventually be known as .

Faust became one of the first acts to sign to Richard Branson’s Virgin Records, who issued the band’s “The Faust Tapes” at the price of a single, 49 UK pence, leading to a chart placing in the United Kingdom.

Faust were arguably the most radical of the groups of their era, using advanced studio techniques and electronics in a way that opened up new possibilities for studio composition. At the time they may not have appeared to have had the same impact as a number of their German peers (notably Kraftwerk, Can and Tangerine Dream), but they are increasingly recognised as the most far-sighted of the German groups of that era.

Faust broke up in 1975 after Virgin had rejected their fifth album (some of the recordings later appeared on the “Munich and Elsewhere” album), but reissues of their recordings and various additional material through Chris Cutler’s Recommended Records maintained a level of interest. The groups’ activities between 1975 and 1990 remain shrouded in mystery.


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  • 40belowsummer

    Congratulations, this artist is really obscure, but what about you - dear listener - do you also have an obscure music taste to survive in our game called Obscure Music Game? Find it out and join us!

    28 Jul 1:40pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    @RomanyDagger It looks like he deleted his comment. Which group was he comparing Faust to?

    18 Jul 3:32am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    @trillwave yeah but Faust seems to be a bit more diverse in what sounds they can make - in addition to those sounds being more enjoyable (in my opinion). Both are awesome though.

    17 May 7:43pm Reply
  • roscoebotte

    Faust IV is the sickest sh!t I've ever done heard

    25 Apr 10:15pm Reply
  • sainbrol

    le cul dans les fourmis, le nez dans les étoiles

    5 Feb 8:55pm Reply
  • MisterJunior

    If anyone's looking for a book on Faust beyond what was written about them in Krautrocksampler, Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy and Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany, I'd recommend Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-1975 by Andy Wilson. Obviously as you can tell from the title it deals with the first phase of Faust's career. Wilson does a good job of discussing each of the albums, Faust's significance within the music world at the time and in the present day and gets some interesting quotes from some of the band members. It's not the most scholarly thing in the world and Wilson admits to writing for the most part from the perspective of a big fan of the group, but he's not afraid to bring up what he feels are legitimate criticisms of the band. Worth picking up if you're interested in the early days of one of music's most creative and mysterious bands.

    25 Jan 6:32am Reply
  • paraziit

    and at the end realize that nobody knows if it really happened

    9 Jan 12:00pm Reply
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  • hazenkamp

    underrated - then and now [3]

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • polymorphous71

    underrated - then and now [2]

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • TheBladeRunner_

    Great band

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    sick crew.

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Ładna to jest muzyka bardzo, ale mój znajomy był na ich "koncercie" i tam trochę pograli muzyki, ale przede wszystkim rzucali w ludzi betonem a wokalista rozwalał jakiś namalowany na poczekaniu bohomaz i wołał "fak jor mader, fak jor fader", tak że dość słabe to było. Postmodernistyczne głupoty. Ale muza fajowa.

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • alfapp

    underrated - then and now

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Enokii

    Miss Fortune is ma fav song of al time héhé - Triptolemos

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Triptolemos

    Faust album simply called 'Faust' is one of the most influential rock albums that's ever been made and a must-listen for every music connoisseur out there.

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Silly fucking hippies

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
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