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Guru Guru is one of the most notable German bands, existing from the late 1960s to the present. The band has had many incarnations over nearly 4 decades. Drummer Mani Neumeier has remained as the only original member.

Mani and bassist Uli Trepte came from playing free jazz in the mid 1960’s with pianist Irene Schweizer and the appear on an obscure out of print album under her name shortly before forming Guru Guru in the late 1960’s. The were joined by ex-Agitation Free guitarist Ax Geinrich as a “power trio” that was clearly influenced by Hendrix, Zappa and LSD and perhaps Karlheinz Stockhausen. According to Wikipedia they lived in a commune and gigged with bands such as Amon Duul and Agitation Free. Later they more or less merged with another commune band, Kraan, for a few releases.

Guru Guru were looser, more improvisational and noisy than most of the Krautrock bands of that time. They were fairly popular and have continued to have some presence of a band centered around Mani for over 30 years and 20 albums.

One notable reviewer, Piero Scaruffi, says that on their 2nd album, Hinten, they were “misunderstanding Jimi Hendrix and the Cream as a wall of noise that will be surpassed only by the Japanese bands of a few years later.” That LP came in a gatefold cover with possibly one of the most offensive record covers ever. The rear cover had a shot of a naked hairy man’s behind, and the inside had a close-up apparently shot from the floor, zoomed in to fill the 24” inside of a gate-fold LP with some other hairy skin that left it to your imagination to figure out what it was.

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