Can - Monster Movie

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Can - Monster Movie

Bericht door Krautsurfer » 12 sep 2013, 10:22

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Bericht door Krautsurfer » 12 sep 2013, 10:24

"As long as Can plays SOUL they are unbeatable", said the great Conny Plank as Holger Czukay was dusting off the tapes that became "Delay 1968" in the early '80s.

Most fans will agree there were four Cans: in reverse order, the funky, reggae inflected world-music pioneers of the late '70s; the immediately post-Suzuki fluid Euro-funk of the mid '70s; their uber-psychedelic Damo Suzuki zenith; and this one that these two records cover: a primal, grinding fuzz-rock cauldron of the possibilities of VU-trance and garage rock, re-configured by the newly-formed group and vocalist Malcolm Mooney.

I'm primarily a fan of Soundtracks-through-to-Future-Days Can, but this one can't be ignored. The developing mantra-rock that would be tightly leashed to its full potential in the Suzuki era is unleashed all over the place here, spilling superfuzz guitar solos (R.I.P., Great Innovator), throbbing organ and clattering rhythm everywhere.

Let's start with Father Cannot Yell, which opens Can's debut record Monster Movie. This was one of the most exciting pieces of music ever for me to be exposed to when I bought this album. Someone once wrote about Joy Division being like a reverse negative image of punk rock, and it's equally applicable here. This is everything that was great about late '60s primal rock, but in reverse negative too. It's like rock 'n roll upside down and inside out. As Czukay's bassline drives the track along, it seems to follow no logic but its own, twisting and turning but somehow managing to keep everything together. Michael Karoli picks his own way through the VU's "I Heard Her Call My Name" with the brilliant shards of guitar that pierce and stab at your senses. Likewise the ear-shattering alarm bells that Irmin Schmidt evokes on keyboards. And what the hell is Mooney singing about? Like Suzuki, figuring out "lyrics" isn't the point; the vocals here are exciting and propulsive as hell.

Next up on the record is another stroke of genius from Mooney, putting his own spin on a kids' nursery rhyme. "Mary Mary So Contrary" is a slower-paced piece, but with another screaming, blueswailing Karoli solo over the top. Can dig further in to some sort of blues roots on "Outside My Door", with added harmonica sound. Here Mooney's lyrics are worth close attention. In an era of Vietnam, Black/White Panthers, he retorts that "any colour is bad". Mooney's audible paranoia was only too real, and would eventually become his undoing, as he came under increasing pressure to return to his native US and join black militant groups.

On to side two of "Monster Movie", then, and the side-long mantra "Yoo Doo Right"(sic). The piece came about from an improvisation by Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit over which Mooney sang phrases from a letter from his girlfriend begging him to return to the States. Edited down (rather messily in a couple of places, but on such primitive recording equipment that can be excused) from about an hour and a half to 20 minutes, "Yoo Doo Right" builds and builds, rises and falls, and casts its hypnotic spell into beautiful, emotive soul music. Jaki Liebezeit's drumming is pure heart-thumping tribalism throughout, looking forward to trance-outs like Halleluhwah.
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Re: Can - Monster Movie

Bericht door Hensup » 14 sep 2013, 17:47

Ik word altijd een beetje moe van Can, surfdude. Het is combinatie van jolige ritmes met homevideo- zangpartijen. Denk ik. Heb geen zin om diegaand te analyseren of dit klopt. Iemand anders?
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Bericht door Ysfoxy » 14 sep 2013, 18:26

Hensup schreef:Ik word altijd een beetje moe van Can, surfdude. Het is combinatie van jolige ritmes met homevideo- zangpartijen.
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Bericht door Richardus » 14 sep 2013, 18:41

Hensup schreef:Ik word altijd een beetje moe van Can, surfdude. Iemand anders?
Ik ook :yesno: Ik word sowieso moe van alle tips van Krautsurfer :yesno: nietserige dreutelmeuk
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Re: Can - Monster Movie

Bericht door Krautsurfer » 14 sep 2013, 18:49

Jullie zitten d'r naast, Can prima.
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Re: Can - Monster Movie

Bericht door Krautsurfer » 16 sep 2013, 08:59

Richardus schreef:Ik word sowieso moe van alle tips van Krautsurfer :yesno: nietserige dreutelmeuk
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