Flow Motion – Can

Last year I was, shall we say, a little merry after a night out. At stupid o’clock I thought it would be a great idea to watch the Top of the Pops 1976 that I had recorded the previous evening (I usually fast-forward through an episode until I see something interesting, however as I had lost motor functioning in my hands I just let it play). I knew it was going to be a challenge as the room was spinning at an alarming rate now, my head was spinning, BBC4 seemed to be spinning and my extraocular muscles seemed to be struggling to keep up. After about 30 seconds into TOTP I fell asleep. However an odd thing happened, I dreamt the episode of TOTP I was watching, but my dream introduced extra, surreal touches to the show.
I knew something wasn’t right when Can performed I Want More (obviously, I would later discover that this indeed happened and wasn’t the result of a Guinness hallucination). My twist, however, was that Noel Edmonds was the singer in Can. I kept waking for a second throughout TOTP, but only during the ‘DJ’ introductions, so it actually felt like the whole episode was just Noel Edmonds cracking idiotic puns for 30 minutes (add your own punchline here __________________).
Outside of I Want More, which I don’t really like, this is a good album, and contains the fantastic 10 minute reggae jam Flow Motion. Listening to this again after probably 4 years, it sounds really quite commercial.
Hidden oddity: Laugh Till You Cry, Live Till You Die (I am sure Aswad have done a cover of this)
Warning: Never watch Top of the Pops after 8 pints of Guinness, try 10.
Two word review: German reggae

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Tago Mago – Can

Any band with these qualities is a shoe-in as one of rock music’s greatest, German (that should be enough in itself), prog rockers, classically trained avant garde musicians, the funkiest backline outside of Detroit and a Japanese vocalist who sang, mumbled, whispered and screamed his lyrics in broken English. Turn all this up to 11, take some hallucinogens, and you have one of the best albums released in the 1970s.
It is incredible that you can hear so much modern music in this album, everything from British prog to acid house, post-punk, post-rock, indie, contemporary dance music, basically everything since. And as a tribute to their influence, I want, no demand, to see Damo Suzuki go on the X-Factor and perform Mushroom.
This suffers a bit from Sandinista Syndrome (where a double or triple album could have been shorter). I could live without Aumgn, but all the other tracks are absolute gems.
Stand-outs are the wonderful trippy Paperhouse and of course Mushroom (hey I have no idea if it’s about hallucinogenics, just say no to fungi kids). Listening today to Jaki Liebezeit’s drumming on Bring Me Coffee or tea, it isn’t rock, or jazz, just what the hell is it?
Hidden gem; Oh Yeah
Micro review; I know, it’s only German avant garde progressive rock, but I like it, like it, yes I do.