Formed 1968. Disbanded 1991.

German rock band



Can was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany, in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music.

Can constructed their music largely through collective spontaneous composition—which the band differentiated from improvisation in the jazz sense—sampling themselves in the studio and editing down the results; bassist/chief engineer Holger Czukay referred to Can's live and studio performances as "instant compositions". They had occasional commercial success, with singles such as "Spoon" and "I Want More" reaching national singles charts. Through albums such as Monster Movie (1969), Tago Mago (1971), Ege Bamyasi (1972) and Future Days (1973), the band exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, underground, ambient, new wave and electronic music.

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  • Founded Spoon Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Lost Tapes

    The Lost Tapes 2012

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    Can do: quintessential krautrock rescued from the archives.
  2. Review of Tago Mago – 40th Anniversary Edition

    Tago Mago – 40th Anniversary Edition 2011

    Reviewed by Luke Turner
    The blueprint for much of the leftfield music of the past 40 years.
  3. Review of Monster Movie / Soundtracks / Tago Mago / Ege Bamyasi

    Monster Movie / Soundtracks / Tago Mago / Ege Bamyasi 2004

    Reviewed by Mike Barnes
    Can's forays into rock music were ego-free, expressionistic and pared down to the bone...
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