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Percewood's Onagram


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Percewood’s Onagram, a band of German and American musicians was founded by singer, guitarist & songwriter Michels in a small, grey industrial city in North-Germany in 1969.- At that time nearly all German bands were just playing the English and American charts up and down, only copying their originals. Only a handful of German bands were just starting to experiment and trying to find their own styles - mainly electronical music, later described as “Kraut-Rock” (more an insult than a striking describtion or label), such as Amon Düül, Kraftwerk, Can, Tangerine Dream …

Percewood’s Onagram had already found its own, original style of music and it wasn’t “Kraut-Rock” at all, they sounded more like an English or American band. P. O.’s music is a strange and unique combination of R&B, Beat, Psychedelic, Folk and (garage-, livingroom-, prewave-) Rock. Catchy, timeless songs, rough and beautiful at the same time with pretentious sometimes provoking critical - but again timeless lyrics. Presented by the band in perfect English and unusual phrasing and backed up by strong acoustic & electric guitars, piano, harmonica, drums and bass. (A combination and sound of instruments that many new groups of today go back to …)

On their first LP, released 1969, Alexis Korner described Percewood’s Onagram’s music in his liner-notes as follows:

“That was a strange sound - fiercely nostalgic - it had the feel of the late 20’s, it had the feel of Isherwood’s ‘Goodbye To Berlin’. But what made it strange for me was that it also had a bit of Dylan, a bit of Jagger, a bit of The Band and a lot of you!”


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  • ManiacForces

    what's with the svastika?

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mowshowitz

    It's practically a crime that, as of today, there are a mere 157 listeners for this band.

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • Detroit1967

    Great German-American band which would have fared better in the States... Leader Wolfgang Michels continued working solo, became the first German Rock musician to record in the US, did 2 solo albums in California and released a new album "Zuhause" in 2008.

    5 Oct 2008 Reply
  • evladifatihan

    iyi bir alman progressive rock grubu.

    27 Sep 2007 Reply

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