Holger Czukay

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Holger Schüring
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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.

Though he identified himself as a German, and was a Germanophone, his country of birth was somewhat complicated. Danzig, up to 1918, had been part of the German Empire. However, after World War I it was placed under the protection of the League Of Nations as the 'Free City of Danzig'; neither part of Germany (Weimar Republic), nor of the newly independent Poland. By around 1935 it, though still officially controlled by the League, had fallen under the control of the Nazi Party, and at outbreak of World War II (and shortly after the birth of Schüring), was absorbed back into Germany. After the war Danzig was renamed Gdańsk, as it had been known in earlier times, and was annexed by Poland.

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

Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer album art Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay Jah Wobble / The Edge / Holger Czukay - Snake Charmer Island Records UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - The Photo Song / Biomutanten album art Holger Czukay / Les Vampyrettes Holger Czukay / Les Vampyrettes - The Photo Song / Biomutanten (Single) Virgin UK 1984 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - The Photo Song album art Holger Czukay The Photo Song (Single) Virgin Europe 1984 Sell This Version
CZ 1 Holger Czukay - A Message From Holger Czukay album art Holger Czukay A Message From Holger Czukay(12", S/Sided, Promo) Virgin CZ 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - Words With The Shaman album art David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay David Sylvian, Jon HassellSteve Jansen, Holger Czukay - Words With The Shaman (EP, Maxi) Virgin, Virgin New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
B381397-01 Holger Czukay - The New Millenium (Remix Album Sampler) album art Holger Czukay with U-She Holger Czukay with U-She - The New Millenium (Remix Album Sampler)(12", EP) FünfUndVierzig B381397-01 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
C56014 Holger Czukay - Ode To Perfume / Fragrance album art Holger Czukay Ode To Perfume / Fragrance(10", Ltd) Claremont 56 C56014 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - Let's Get Hot / Let's Get Cool album art Holger Czukay Let's Get Hot / Let's Get Cool Claremont 56 UK 2010 Sell This Version
C56028 Holger Czukay - Dream Again album art Holger Czukay Dream Again(2x10", Ltd, Num, Tra) Claremont 56 C56028 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - In Space album art Holger Czukay In Space Claremont 56 UK 2011 Sell This Version
C56031 Holger Czukay - Hit Hit Flop Flop/Hey Baba Reebop Remixes album art Holger Czukay Hit Hit Flop Flop/Hey Baba Reebop Remixes(7", Ltd, Yel) Claremont 56 C56031 UK 2011 Sell This Version
C56033 Holger Czukay - Music Is A Miracle album art Holger Czukay Music Is A Miracle(12", Ltd) Claremont 56 C56033 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - A Perfect World album art Holger Czukay A Perfect World Claremont 56 UK 2012 Sell This Version
C56039 Holger Czukay - La Premiere album art Holger Czukay & U-She Holger Czukay & U-She - La Premiere(12") Claremont 56 C56039 UK 2012 Sell This Version
LPGRON 135 Holger Czukay - Hit Flop album art Holger Czukay Hit Flop(2x10") Grönland Records LPGRON 135 Germany 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

Holger Czukay - Rome Remains Rome And Excerpts From Der Osten Ist Rot album art Holger Czukay Rome Remains Rome And Excerpts From Der Osten Ist Rot (Comp) Virgin UK 1987 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - Der Osten Ist Rot / Rome Remains Rome album art Holger Czukay Der Osten Ist Rot / Rome Remains Rome (Comp) P-Vine Records, Grönland Records UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - Cinema album art Holger Czukay Cinema (Single) Grönland Records Japan 2018 Sell This Version
Holger Czukay - Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability album art Sylvian* & Czukay* Sylvian* & Czukay* - Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability (Album, Comp) Grönland Records Germany 2018 Sell This Version

Videos

none Holger Czukay - Usa Tour 97 album art Czukay* / Walker* Czukay* / Walker* - Usa Tour 97(VHS, Ltd, Num, PAL) Ursula Kloss none Germany 1998 Sell This Version
YELL 45 Clip Holger Czukay - The New Millennium - Promo Clip album art Holger Czukay The New Millennium - Promo Clip(VCD, Mini, Promo) FünfUndVierzig YELL 45 Clip Germany 2003 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 about 1 year 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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