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German experimental rock band formed in Cologne circa 1968, initially as Inner Space and becoming "The Can" when fronted by American vocalist 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 Krautrock scene during their 10+ year history, composed music for films by directors including Roland Klick and Wim Wenders, and had an international hit with their pop satire single "I Want More" (1976).

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 Czukay, Karoli, Mooney, Schmidt, and Liebezeit reformed, resulting in the album "Rite Time" (1989). In March 2003 Can received the German music industry's Echo Award for lifetime achievement.

Principal members:
Irmin Schmidt (born 29 May 1937, Berlin)
Holger Czukay (born Holger Schüring, 24 March 1938, Free City of Danzig; died 5 September 2017, Weilerswist)
Jaki Liebezeit (born Hans Liebezeit, 26 May 1938, near Dresden; died 22 January 2017, Cologne)
Michael Karoli (born 29 April 1948, Straubing; died 17 November 2001, Essen)
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Can - The Classic German Rock Scene album art Can The Classic German Rock Scene (Comp) United Artists Records, United Artists Records, United Artists Records Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Can - Opener album art Can Opener (Comp, Album) Sunset Records UK 1976 Sell This Version
Can - Cannibalism album art Can Cannibalism (Comp) United Artists Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Can - InCANdescence album art Can InCANdescence (Comp) Virgin UK 1981 Sell This Version
6.24607 AG, 6.24607 Can - Rock In Deutschland Vol 6 album art Can Rock In Deutschland Vol 6(LP, Comp) Strand, Strand 6.24607 AG, 6.24607 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
ALCB-418/419/420 Can - Box 3 album art Can Box 3(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Co) Mute ALCB-418/419/420 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ALCB-221/222/223 Can - Box 2 album art Can Box 2(3xCD, Album, Comp, RE) Mute ALCB-221/222/223 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ALCB-218/219/220 Can - Box 1 album art Can Box 1(3xCD, Album, Comp, RE) Mute ALCB-218/219/220 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
Can - Cannibalism 2 album art Can Cannibalism 2 (Comp) Spoon Records Germany 1992 Sell This Version
ALCB-421/422/423 Can - Box 4 album art Can Box 4(3xCD, Album + Box, Comp) Mute ALCB-421/422/423 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Can - Anthology - 25 Years album art Can Anthology - 25 Years (Comp) Spoon Records Germany 1994 Sell This Version
SPOON CD 022 Can - Cannibalism III album art Can Cannibalism III(CD, Comp) Spoon Records SPOON CD 022 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Can - Cannibalism 1 & 2 album art Can Cannibalism 1 & 2 (Comp) Spoon Records, Mute, Rail Recordings Japan 1997 Sell This Version
XCDSPOON39/40 Can - Can album art Can Can(CD, Comp, Num, Promo) Spoon Records, Mute XCDSPOON39/40 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Can - Inner Space / Out Of Reach album art Can Inner Space / Out Of Reach (Comp) TKO Magnum Music UK 1998 Sell This Version
3502 Can - The Legendary Can album art Can The Legendary Can(CD, Comp) Falcon Neue Medien, Universe Gold 3502 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
RMG 1140 MP3 Can - MP3 Collection CD3 album art Can MP3 Collection CD3(CD-ROM, Comp, MP3) RMG Records RMG 1140 MP3 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
RMG 1129 MP3 Can - MP3 Collection CD2 album art Can MP3 Collection CD2(CD-ROM, Comp, MP3) RMG Records RMG 1129 MP3 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
SPOONDVD47 Can - Solo Projects CD album art Can Solo Projects CD(CDr, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Mute SPOONDVD47 UK 2003 Sell This Version
RMG 1128 MP3 Can - MP3 Collection CD1 album art Can MP3 Collection CD1(CD-ROM, Comp, MP3) RMG Records RMG 1128 MP3 Russia 2003 Sell This Version
CANSACD Can - 5.1 Promo Compilation album art Can 5.1 Promo Compilation(SACD, Multichannel, Comp, 5.1) Spoon Records CANSACD UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Can Tracks Taken From Four New Reissues (CD And SACD)(CD, Comp, Promo, RM) Warner Music Group Germany, Spoon Records none Europe 2005 Sell This Version
4015887000315 Can - Can album art Can Can(Box, Comp, Ltd, Num + LP, Album, RE, RM, 180 + LP,) Spoon Records, Rough Trade 4015887000315 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
Can - The Singles album art Can The Singles (Comp) Mute, Spoon Records UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version

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mattkrautrock

mattkrautrock

April 5, 2018
Astounding that most music lovers seem unaware of Can. For me Can’s was the music I found when every other Western group seemed tired and unadventurous. I am unaware of any other group as avant garde as Can (yet still grooving the f*** out). The only warning I would offer for would be new listeners is that once you are under Can’s spell, no other music will come close to it! Although there is a rich mine of other Krautrock to discover too. Try the album, Hinten by Guru Guru or anything by Cluster.
Bleep43

Bleep43

July 14, 2005
edited over 13 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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