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Can was a musical group formed in West Germany in 1968. One of the most important "krautrock" groups, Can had a style grounded in the art rock of bands such as The Velvet Underground, with strong experimental and world music influences.

Described by keyboard player Irmin Schmidt as an "anarchist community" and constructing their music largely through free improvisation and editing, which bassist Holger Czukay has referred to as "instant compositions", they had only occasional commercial success with their singles. However, through albums such as Tago Mago (1971) and Ege Bamyasi (1972), Can exerted a considerable influence on avant garde, experimental, underground, ambient, New Wave and electronic music.

Discography

Band members

  • Michael Karoli – guitar, vocals, violin (1968–1979, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1999; died 2001)
  • Jaki Liebezeit – drums, percussion (1968–1979, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1999; died 2017)
  • Irmin Schmidt – keyboards, vocals (1968–1979, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1999)
  • Holger Czukay – bass guitar, sound engineer, electronics, vocals (1968–1977, 1986, 1988, died 2017)
  • David C. Johnson – reeds, winds, electronics and tape manipulation (1968)
  • Malcolm Mooney – vocals (1968–1970, 1986-1988, 1991)
  • Damo Suzuki – vocals (1970–1973)
  • Rosko Gee – bass, vocals (1977–1979)
  • Rebop Kwaku Baah – percussion, vocals (1977–1979; died 1983)

Additional collaborators

  • Manni Löhe – vocals, percussion and flute (1968)
  • Duncan Fallowell – lyrics (1974)
  • René Tinner – recording engineer (1973–1979, 1986, 1991)
  • Olaf Kübler of Amon Düül – tenor saxophone (1975)
  • Tim Hardin – vocals & guitar (November 1975) (died 1980)
  • Thaiga Raj Raja Ratnam – vocals (January–March 1976)
  • Michael Cousins – vocals (March–April 1976)
  • Peter Gilmour – lyrics, live sound mixing (later 1970s)
  • Jono Podmore – recording engineer, bass (1999), soundprocessing and editing engineer (1999, 2003, 2011 - 2012)




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