Holger Czukay

Real Name:
Holger Schüring
Profile:
German musician, who studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1963–1966, and in 1968 co-founded the German rock group Can, for whom he played bass guitar, as well as undertaking most of their recording and engineering. Czukay also recorded some early ambient albums, and was influential for his utilization of radio sounds and sampling.

Born: 24th March 1938, in the Free City of Danzig (today Gdansk, Poland).
Died: 5th September 2017, in Weilerswist (near Cologne), Germany. [aged 79].
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Albums

1C 064-45 754 Movies — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Movies (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola 1C 064-45 754 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
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1C 064-46 400 On The Way To The Peak Of Normal — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay On The Way To The Peak Of Normal (Album) Welt-Rekord 1C 064-46 400 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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AW-25026 Full Circle — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - Full Circle (Album) Virgin, Virgin AW-25026 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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SPOON 015 Canaxis — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers Holger Czukay / Rolf Dammers - Canaxis (Album) Spoon Records SPOON 015 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
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90151-1-B Snake Charmer — Holger Czukay Jah Wobble - The Edge - Holger Czukay Jah Wobble - The Edge - Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer (MiniAlbum) Island Records 90151-1-B US 1983 Sell This Version
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VL4 2296 Der Osten Ist Rot — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Der Osten Ist Rot (Album) Virgin VL4 2296 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
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TCV 2408 Rome Remains Rome — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Rome Remains Rome (Album) Virgin TCV 2408 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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TCVE-11, TCVE 11 Plight & Premonition — Holger Czukay David Sylvian + Holger Czukay David Sylvian + Holger Czukay - Plight & Premonition (Album) Venture TCVE-11, TCVE 11 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
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VJD-32237 Flux + Mutability — Holger Czukay David SylvianHolger Czukay David SylvianHolger Czukay - Flux + Mutability (Album) Venture, VENTURE VJD-32237 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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TCV 2651 Radio Wave Surfer — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Radio Wave Surfer (Album) Virgin, Virgin TCV 2651 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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ALCB 780 Moving Pictures — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Moving Pictures (Album) Mute ALCB 780 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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12339-2 Clash — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay vs. Dr. Walker Holger Czukay vs. Dr. Walker - Clash (Album) Sideburn Recordings 12339-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
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TCCD9944 Good Morning Story — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Good Morning Story (Album) Tone Casualties TCCD9944 US 1999 Sell This Version
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TCCD9945 La Luna — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay La Luna (Album) Tone Casualties TCCD9945 US 2000 Sell This Version
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DIG002 Linear City — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Linear City (Album) Dignose DIG002 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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DIG 001 Time And Tide — Holger Czukay U-SheHolger Czukay U-SheHolger Czukay - Time And Tide (Album) Dignose DIG 001 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
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Fünfundvierzig 133 The New Millennium — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay | U-She Holger Czukay | U-She - The New Millennium (Album) FünfUndVierzig Fünfundvierzig 133 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
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REV 090 21st Century — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay / Ursa Major (2) Holger Czukay / Ursa Major (2) - 21st Century(CD, Album) Revisited Rec. REV 090 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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PCD-24410 Eleven Years Innerspace — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Eleven Years Innerspace (Album) Grönland Records PCD-24410 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

620 569 Persian Love — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Persian Love (Single) Barclay 620 569 France 1979 Sell This Version
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EMI 5005 Cool In The Pool — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Cool In The Pool (Single) EMI EMI 5005 UK 1979 Sell This Version
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EMI 5280 Ode To Perfume — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay Ode To Perfume (Single) EMI EMI 5280 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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105 117 How Much Are They? — Holger Czukay Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay - How Much Are They? (Single, Maxi) Island Records 105 117 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
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vanity 8201 June 3 1981 At His House Köln W.Germany — Holger Czukay Holger Czukay June 3 1981 At His House Köln W.Germany(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Promo) Vanity Records (3) vanity 8201 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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12 WOB 1 Snake Charmer — Holger Czukay Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer Island Records 12 WOB 1 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version

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beatdigger

beatdigger

September 28, 2018
In the 1990s some friends and I ran a tiny esoteric/ ambient Sunday club in Glasgow. We were booking as many of our inspirations to play live as we could. We couldn’t believe our luck when Holger agreed to perform for what seemed like a small fee. Then his rider came through: literally HUNDREDS of stipulations. A weather forecaster on hand to deliver up-to-date meteorological predictions. Politicians of left and right wing on hand to argue throughout any performance. Toast to be served on demand. The most wonderfully beautiful and yet impossible to achieve list imaginable. Still wish we’d found that weather forecaster...
drgn238

drgn238

November 30, 2017
Simply - ONE of the BEST...E V E R !!!
daniel.pico

daniel.pico

September 6, 2017
Holger Czukay was a very prolific musician. His curiosity goes far beyond any standard. I think that we always look for some inspiration based on our own rules, but Czukay use to break those patterns, the result is easy to be perceived on his recordings.
J_Oxapampa

J_Oxapampa

September 6, 2017
RIP Holger, your music was indescribable. It sounded like it was from another planet or something, even in the sixties his records (Can and Canaxis) sounded like he was already way ahead of time.

You will be truly missed...
Bradx

Bradx

December 31, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
Holger came right out of the European avant garde classical zone in the mid-late 1960s with absolutely no rock or pop background to speak of. It was only when a younger friend, Michael Karoli, played him The Beatles' I Am the Walrus that he grasped rock's potential. Abandoning his classical pretensions (although always with great debt to his teacher and mentor Karlheinz Stockhausen) Holger, along with Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and Michael Karoli created The Can, making a string of never-to-be-surpassed albums '69 - '74.

Holger was the main architect of the classic Can tracks, editing down lengthy jam sessions into manageable album-friendly sides. Pre-digital editing and sampling the only way to do this was with reel-to-reel tape and a razor blade. This involved countless hours at the splicing block - hours which, after about 1974, became either difficult to find.... or maybe the initial inspiration behind Can was spent.

Many good and occasionally great albums followed (for instance the epic 'world music' sampling, highly influential 'Movies' from 1979; David Byrne and Eno definitely copped an earful of this one) and it's worth checking both his and Can's discography (and other solo releases from Jaki & Irmin) with care as gems can be found right up until almost the present day..... but it is with the classic Can albums from 1969 - 1974 that Can and Holger will be remembered.
Now three of the band are no longer with us. Only Irmin remains.
RIP Holger, Jaki and `Michael - three of the all time great musical visionaries, prophets and seers.

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