Can

Can

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German experimental rock band formed in Cologne circa 1968, initially as Inner Space and becoming "The Can" when fronted by black American singer Malcolm Mooney. Can are well-known as one of the key pioneers of Krautrock, particularly during the era when fronted by Japanese singer Kenji "Damo" Suzuki who "turned their sound towards a crazy mixture of improvisation, noise, mantra and funk rhythms". They were constantly at the forefront of the scene during their 10+ year history, composed music for a number of esteemed feature films, and their pop satire single "I Want More" became an international hit.
The first Can member to go solo was Holger Czukay, and after Can split keyboard player Irmin Schmidt established a successful solo career. Other Can members also went solo and/or participated in other projects. In 1986 Can reformed to make a new album. In March 2003 Can received the German music industry's Echo award for lifetime achievement.
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The Can* Monster Movie (Album) Music Factory (20) Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Can Soundtracks (Album) Liberty Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Can Tago Mago (Album) United Artists Records Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Can Ege Bamyasi (Album) United Artists Records France 1972 Sell This Version
Can Future Days (Album) United Artists Records Italy 1973 Sell This Version
USP 103, USP.103 Can Limited Edition(LP, Album) United Artists Records, United Artists Records USP 103, USP.103 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Can Soon Over Babaluma (Album) United Artists Records France 1974 Sell This Version
Can Landed (Album) HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Can Unlimited Edition (Album) Harvest UK 1976 Sell This Version
Can Flow Motion (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola France 1976 Sell This Version
Can Saw Delight (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
Can Out Of Reach (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Can Can (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Can Delay 1968 (Album) Spoon Records Germany 1981 Sell This Version
PF 23 Can Onlyou(Cass, Album, Mono + Box, Ltd) Pure Freude PF 23 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Tago Mago 4755 Can Prehistoric Future(Cass, Album, Ltd) Tago Mago Tago Mago 4755 France 1984 Sell This Version
Can Rite Time (Album) Mercury Europe 1989 Sell This Version
SFRCD135 Can The Peel Sessions(CD, Album) Strange Fruit SFRCD135 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Can Sacrilege (Comp) Mute, Mute, Mute Corporation, Mute Corporation UK 1997 Sell This Version
Can Box Spoon Records, Spoon Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Can Music (Live 1971-1977) (Album) Mute, Mute Corporation, Spoon Records UK 1999 Sell This Version
Can Can DVD (Comp) Mute, Mute Corporation USA & Canada 2003 Sell This Version
CDSPOONN4J The Can* Monster Movie(CD, Album, RE) Spoon Records CDSPOONN4J Japan 2007 Sell This Version
Can The Lost Tapes (Album) Spoon Records, Hostess Entertainment Unlimited Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none CAN* Superamas (Evolving Show From May 2012 to April 2013)(2xLP + Box) Centre D'Art Neuchâtel none Switzerland 2014 Sell This Version

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Bleep43

Bleep43

July 14, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
It is one of popular culture's maxims that innovation and pioneering work is often copied ad nauseaum afterwards by a horde of imitators. However, very rarely someone or something creates a work or body of art that is so unique that it can't be followed. There are very few of these artists in music, and all are worth investigating.

To appreciate Can fully requires an understanding to a certain extent of their background. The "fatherless generation" of the sixties sought to reclaim a culture for Germany, one that whilst influenced no doubt by the emergence of AngloAmerican poprock, would be devoid of the past.

The influence of electronic godfather Stockhausen, is like Kraftwerk, apparent here, as both keyboardist Irmin Schmidt and bassist Holger Czukay had studied at length under him. With the addition of the incredibly metronomic Jaki Leibezeit and experimental guitarist Michael Karoli, their first efforts were influenced enormously by the Velvet Underground.

Again, parallels with Kraftwerk abound here, although it could be argued that Can had experienced their "golden age" of 1970 - 1975 by the time the former came to the fore. Both bands created their own workspace, in Can's example, Innerspace, an old castle near Cologne. With no record company interference or fees to consider, Can, under the guidance of both noted engineer Conny Plank and Czukay himself, recorded miles upon miles of studio recording, often jamming for up to 24 hours at a time. The freeform attitude, amplified by the fact that all were exemplary musicians, gave Can a flexibility that virtually no band could match.

From "Tago Mago" to "Soon over Babaluma" Can recorded 4 milestone LPs that have lost none of their impact over time. It could be argued that by this period Can were no longer a "rock" band, having more in common musically with funk and freeform avant-garde styles. By the mid-seventies, with Holger more interested in post-production, the momentum of the band waned and they ground to a halt in 1979, only to reappear, reformed in 1989 for one LP. The "Sacrilege" remixes in 1997 for me were an unfortunate footnote as most of them did little justice to a band who, now sadly with the death of Michael Karoli, we won't see again.

Can were utterly unique. Rather than drag influences from the past, they took inspiration from music across the globe, especially in later years. Their sonic explorations took them to places not touched by other bands or artists before or since.
jaxxalude

jaxxalude

November 30, 2003
Before the 4/4 beat was ever named that way and done by machines, there was a man already doing it by himself. His name was (and still is) Jaki Liebzeit. He was the drummer for this highly influential German band. His drum-playing style is unbeatable and no doubt influenced a lot of the music in forthcoming years.
But credit is also due to the entire group. Percussors of what is dubbed as krautrock, Can not only envisoned most of the sonic landscapes of a lot of electronic music, they also pioneered what we call post-rock by 25 years or so.
Also in their lineup is another accomplished and influential musician: Holger Czukay. His solo work and collaborations with people like Brian Eno, Bill Laswell and others still sound cutting-edge nowadays. Just like Can's music, for instance.

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