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". (Read more at Wikipedia.)

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In the first half of the 1970s, "krautrock" pioneers like Can, Faust, and Neu! were regularly featured in the playlists of Peel's shows. The DJ was known to like bands with an experimental approach and, indeed, he continued to play Can's music into the 21st century. The band also became a widely acknowledged influence on later generations of musicians featured on Peel's shows.[1]

For their first session, Can recorded a long track which was unnamed (although it was listed as "Spare a Light" on BBC logs[3]). During the 29 October 2004 tribute, DJ and Peel friend Anne Nightingale recounted the episode:

"Apparently, during a Peel session a long, long time ago, recorded a track that doesn't have a title. So John has a competition for someone to suggest a title for this track, and for years and years and years I never even knew about this and now it's somewhat of a classic. Again, this is another story featuring a competition winner, and I don't know who the competition winner was, but they came up with a title 'Up The Bakerloo Line With Annie Nightingale'."

In later years, Can's singer was namechecked by Peel favourites the Fall on 'I Am Damo Suzuki'.


  • Can - Peel Sessions

    Can - Peel Sessions

    Four sessions. Officially released on "The Peel Sessions" (Strange Fruit, 1995)

1. Recorded: 1973-02-20. First broadcast: 13 March 1973. Repeated: 22 May 197329 October 2004.

  • Up The Bakerloo With Anne

2. Recorded: 1974-01-29. First Broadcast: 12 February 1974. Repeated: 15 July 1986.

  • Tony Wanna Go

3. Recorded: 1974-10-08. First Broadcast: 15 October 1974

  • Return to BB City / Tape Kebab

4. Recorded: 1975-05-14. First Broadcast: 19 May 1975.

  • Geheim (Half Past One) / Mighty Girl

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Holger Czukay

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  1. For example, Pete Shelley of punk pioneers Buzzcocks contributed sleevenotes to the 1978 2xLP compilation 'Cannibalism'.[1] In later years, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream did the same thing for CD reissues of Can's 1973 album 'Tango Mango'.[2]. Among many solo collaborations, former Can members Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit worked with former Public Image bassist Jah Wobble.

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