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 - Monster Movie Cover-Design The Can* Monster Movie (Album) Music Factory (20) Germany 1969 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Soundtracks Cover-Design Can Soundtracks (Album) Liberty Germany 1970 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Tago Mago Cover-Design Can Tago Mago (Album) United Artists Records Japan 1971 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Ege Bamyasi Cover-Design Can Ege Bamyasi (Album) United Artists Records France 1972 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Future Days Cover-Design Can Future Days (Album) United Artists Records Italy 1973 Diese Version verkaufen
USP 103, USP.103 Can - Limited Edition Cover-Design Can Limited Edition(LP, Album, Ltd) United Artists Records, United Artists Records USP 103, USP.103 UK 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Soon Over Babaluma Cover-Design Can Soon Over Babaluma (Album) United Artists Records France 1974 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Landed Cover-Design Can Landed (Album) HÖR ZU, EMI Electrola Germany 1975 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Unlimited Edition Cover-Design Can Unlimited Edition (Album) Harvest UK 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Flow Motion Cover-Design Can Flow Motion (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola France 1976 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Saw Delight Cover-Design Can Saw Delight (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Portugal 1977 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Out Of Reach Cover-Design Can Out Of Reach (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Can Cover-Design Can Can (Album) Harvest, EMI Electrola Germany 1978 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Delay 1968 Cover-Design Can Delay 1968 (Album) Spoon Records Germany 1981 Diese Version verkaufen
PF 23 Can - Onlyou Cover-Design Can Onlyou(Cass, Album, Mono + Box, Ltd) Pure Freude PF 23 Germany 1982 Diese Version verkaufen
Tago Mago 4755 Can - Prehistoric Future Cover-Design Can Prehistoric Future(Cass, Album, Mono, Ltd) Tago Mago Tago Mago 4755 France 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Rite Time Cover-Design Can Rite Time (Album) Mercury Japan 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
SFR CD 135 Can - The Peel Sessions Cover-Design Can The Peel Sessions(CD, Album) Strange Fruit SFR CD 135 UK 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Sacrilege Cover-Design Can Sacrilege (Comp) Mute, Mute UK 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Box Cover-Design Can Box (Album) Spoon Records, Spoon Records US 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Music (Live 1971-1977) Cover-Design Can Music (Live 1971-1977) (Album) Mute, Mute Corporation, Spoon Records UK 1999 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Can DVD Cover-Design Can Can DVD (Comp) Spoon Records, Mute USA & Canada 2003 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - The Lost Tapes Cover-Design Can The Lost Tapes (Album) Spoon Records Europe 2012 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

Can - Soul Desert / She Brings The Rain Cover-Design The Can* Soul Desert / She Brings The Rain (Single) Liberty Germany 1969 Diese Version verkaufen
Can - Turtles Have Short Legs Cover-Design Can Turtles Have Short Legs (Single) Liberty Germany 1971 Diese Version verkaufen

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5. April 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.


14. Juli 2005
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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.


30. November 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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