CAN – Ege Bamyasi


CAN was a German experimental rock band formed in Cologne in 1968 by the core quartet of Holger Czukay (bass, tape editing), Irmin Schmidt (keyboards), Michael Karoli (guitar), and Jaki Liebezeit (drums). The group cycled through several vocalists, most prominently the American-born Malcolm Mooney (1968–70) and the Japanese-born Damo Suzuki (1970–73), as well as various temporary members. Coming from backgrounds in the avant-garde and jazz, the members of CAN blended elements of psychedelic rock, funk, and noise. They have been widely hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene, and a considerable influence on subsequent rock, post-punk, ambient, and electronic music. Ege Bamyası (Turkish for “Aegean okra”) is their third studio album, originally released as an LP in 1972 by United Artists. The album contains the single “Spoon”, which charted in the Top 10 in Germany, largely because of its use as the theme of a German TV thriller mini-series called Das Messer (The Knife). The success of the single allowed Can to move to a better studio, in which they recorded Ege Bamyası. The album has received considerable critical acclaim since its release and various artists have cited it as an influence, including Stephen Malkmus of Pavement, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Geoff Barrow of Portishead.

Label: Spoon Records

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