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Discussion: Can: Monster Movie

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Post by Ernani71 January 15, 2011 (1 of 3)
Recorded in 1968 in a room "soundproofed with egg cartons and army surplus mattresses," Monster Movie by The Can can definitely be called seminal if its influence on punk rock bands such as Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Damned, and Public Image Ltd. is of of any importance. It's hard to talk about the sonics since they are very primitive, but this is the best I've heard this album sound. Monster Movie was influenced by Velvet Underground, in case you're wondering what it sounds like.

Post by rammiepie January 16, 2011 (2 of 3)
Ernani71 said:

Recorded in 1968 in a room "soundproofed with egg cartons and army surplus mattresses," Monster Movie by The Can can definitely be called seminal if its influence on punk rock bands such as Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Damned, and Public Image Ltd. is of of any importance. It's hard to talk about the sonics since they are very primitive, but this is the best I've heard this album sound. Monster Movie was influenced by Velvet Underground, in case you're wondering what it sounds like.

I had never heard of Can until I started to collect SACDs and I am proud to say that I have just about the entire collection released in that format and each album is always full of unexpected pleasures.......just don't expect the typical because IMO they're all atypical in a very good way.

Post by FullRangeMan January 16, 2011 (3 of 3)
Ernani71 said:

Recorded in 1968 in a room "soundproofed with egg cartons and army surplus mattresses," Monster Movie by The Can can definitely be called seminal if its influence on punk rock bands such as Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Damned, and Public Image Ltd. is of of any importance. It's hard to talk about the sonics since they are very primitive, but this is the best I've heard this album sound. Monster Movie was influenced by Velvet Underground, in case you're wondering what it sounds like.

Hey Hernandez,
How about cleaning your ears? Or listen to these SACDs on a good analogue Stereo amp, without DSP equalization, that all these crapy multi-channel receivers have.

I own all CDs and SACDs of the band and these THE CAN SACDs had stunning sound quality in glorious Stereo sound, and were recorded by the band(Czukay & team) in his own studio, a cinema room or in the Noervernich castle(Innerspace Studio).

All musical studios in the world are a room with sound-proof material, IF the sound-proof material are fancy expensive Sonex or egg-boxes and mattresses this is not relevant to the music quality and even to the street noise proofing, to my ears. THE-CAN used this simple sound-proofings they do not have deep money funds as others Kraut-Rock bands as AmonDull-2, Popol Vuh, a Tangerine Dream etc... in fact Irmin Schmift used Farfisa keyboards due lacks of money to buy Hammond B3 and Minimoogs. It is know they used a small PA system in live gigs too for many years.

Who do you wants to fool labeling these fine recordings as ''primitive''?? These recordings are minimalist and therefore audiophile recordings, they were recorded live in the band studio with some microphone, a mixer and a analogue tape recording, no cracky PCM, no Low Rez 44kHz sampling rate, no low speed tape, which are not 3ips, seems 5 or 7 inches per second, the fasted used by a rock band of the time.

If these recordings are ''primitive'', all recordings from Ruby Van Gelder and the golden age of the RCA Living Stereo and Mercury Living Presence also are the same.

In the albums Monster Movie and Delay1968 the band create the Punk-Rock, because this was the crude musical style of the vocalist Malcolm Mooney, with the next vocalist Damo Suzuki the band style changed to oniric and pastoral, so THE-CAN do not copy VU nor suffer influence from any rock musicians, but classical composers and ethnic music.

I fell you mean said theses recordings are simple direct to tape. When THE-CAN was at the height of success you still sucking beak as a baby, so I can understand if you do not like their music, and prefer these Pop-Rock bands you mention, which are Punk, Hardcore or Emo.
Regards

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