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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 - Soul Desert / She Brings The Rain album art The Can* Soul Desert (as The Can) and 1 more… The Can* - Soul Desert / She Brings The Rain (Single) Liberty Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Can - Monster Movie album art The Can* The Can* - Monster Movie (Album) Music Factory (20) Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Can - Soundtracks album art Can Can - Soundtracks (Album) Liberty Germany 1970 Sell This Version
LBS 83 423/24 X Can - Electric Monster Rock Show album art Various Soul Desert (as The Can) Various - Electric Monster Rock Show(2xLP, Comp) Liberty LBS 83 423/24 X Germany 1970 Sell This Version
Can - Spoon album art Can Can - Spoon (Single) United Artists Records Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Can - Tago Mago album art Can Can - Tago Mago (Album) United Artists Records Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Can - Turtles Have Short Legs album art Can Can - Turtles Have Short Legs (Single) Liberty Germany 1971 Sell This Version
LBS 83 453 X Can - Progressive German Pop Experience album art Various Soul Desert (as The Can) Various - Progressive German Pop Experience(LP, Comp) Liberty LBS 83 453 X Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Can - Ege Bamyasi album art Can Can - Ege Bamyasi (Album) United Artists Records France 1972 Sell This Version
Can - Spoon album art Can Can - Spoon (Single) United Artists Records UK 1972 Sell This Version
Can - Vitamin C album art Can Can - Vitamin C (Single) United Artists Records, United Artists Records Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Can - Top Hit's For Dancing album art Jo Ment's Happy Sound Spoon Jo Ment's Happy Sound - Top Hit's For Dancing (Album, Comp) Ariola Germany 1972 Sell This Version
85 921 IT Can - Tops For Dancing (28 Party-Hits) album art Jo Ment & His Party-Singers Spoon Jo Ment & His Party-Singers - Tops For Dancing (28 Party-Hits)(LP, Album) Ariola 85 921 IT Germany 1972 Sell This Version
35 404 Can - I'm So Green album art Can I'm So Green and 1 more… Can - I'm So Green(7", Single) United Artists Records 35 404 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Can - Future Days album art Can Can - Future Days (Album) United Artists Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
Can - Moonshake / Future Days album art Can Can - Moonshake / Future Days (Single) United Artists Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
UAS 29 342 I Can - Progressive German Pop Experience 2 album art Various Oh Yeah Various - Progressive German Pop Experience 2(LP, Comp) United Artists Records UAS 29 342 I Germany 1973 Sell This Version
35 804 A Can - Big Hit album art Can Can - Big Hit(2x7", Single) United Artists Records 35 804 A Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Can - Dizzy Dizzy album art Can Splash and 1 more… Can - Dizzy Dizzy (Single) United Artists Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
USP 103, USP.103 Can - Limited Edition album art Can Can - Limited Edition(LP, Album, Ltd) United Artists Records, United Artists Records USP 103, USP.103 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Can - Cosmic Kraut Hits album art Various Sing Swan Song and 4 more… Various - Cosmic Kraut Hits (Comp) United Artists Records Germany 1974 Sell This Version
Can - Soon Over Babaluma album art Can Can - Soon Over Babaluma (Album) United Artists Records UK 1974 Sell This Version
Can - The Classic German Rock Scene album art Can Can - The Classic German Rock Scene (Comp) United Artists Records, United Artists Records, United Artists Records Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Can - Landed album art Can Half Past One and 1 more… Can - Landed (Album) HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola Spain 1975 Sell This Version
1C 006-31 392 Can - Hunters & Collectors album art Can Can - Hunters & Collectors(7", Single) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 006-31 392 Germany 1975 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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