Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1993 (The 1994 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2019 (ranked #163) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Monster Movie (1969)
Tago Mago (1971)
Ege Bamyasi (1972)
Future Days (1973)
Soon Over Babaluma (1974)

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Father Cannot Yell (1969)
Halleluhwah (1971)

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Will Can be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


16 comments so far (post your own)

Can are one of those forgotten artists that laid the groundwork for the best of today's music like Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem. Stuff they did 35 years ago still sounds fresh (with the possible exception of the extended guitar solos). They deserve to be recognized.

Posted by Chuck on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 07:51am

Never heard of then Chuck - they sound intriguing. What type of music are they and how many albums did they produce? When did they do their thing?

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 01.8.08 @ 07:58am

Their music is generally considered "Kraut Rock" - which generally means a very experimantal offshoot of psychedelic, prog and early electronica - since they emerged from the same German underground scene of the late 60s and early 70s that produced bands such as Amon Düül II or Guru Guru, although compared to those bands, Can were definitely a league of their own. They were active from approx. 68-79 and their best and most significant albums come from the early 70s period - besides "Tago Mago", which is arguably their best, "Ege Bamyasi" and "Future Days", and among their standout tracks (imo) are "Spoon", "Mushroom" (my personal favourite), "Halleluhwah", "Oh Yeah", "Vitamin C" and "Future Days", to name but a few.
Hope that answers your questions, shawn.

However, I see the probability of them being inducted tending towards zero - at least as long as Kraftwerk aren't in I see absolutely no chance. They've never even been previously considered - that says it all. I doubt if Jann Wenner even knows about them - he's too busy heaving rock fossils such as DC5 into the hall.

Posted by denyo on Friday, 01.25.08 @ 23:25pm

If you like Kraftwerk, you should listen to some Can!

Posted by Guy From Seattle on Sunday, 10.19.08 @ 14:06pm

Can should but probably never will get in. They were the best experimental group of the 70s with the possible exception of Kraftwerk.

Can is emblematic of the differences between the English progressive rock of the period and the German progressive rock contemporary to it. They are an example of why the Germans did it better. Groups like Can took into account the properties of rock music; simplicity, repetition, minimalism. Instead of making suspect, cheesy neo-classical junk or a boring version of jazz fusion, Can, all western art music students, applied the techniques they learned in school to psychedelic, garage, and funk music. The two forms they enjoyed complimented each other rather than seeking to make rock akin to classical or jazz, two worlds that will never accept the trash Emerson, Lake, and Palmer create.

So if it's "complex" "duh, duduluh, dudulud, duh, duh, dhdudududlduh, duh!" music (imagine inane ELP drum, bass, and keyboard "artificial clusterf*** crescendo" - my term) that panders to composers who will never listen vs. dense, stripped down funk jams that simultaneously move you, actually rock, and expand the territory rock music inhabits, I'll take the latter any day.

Posted by Elastic Man on Thursday, 12.18.08 @ 01:27am

Tremendous band whether it was with Damo Suzuki or Malcolm Mooney. I've heard them described as both "The Beatles of Krautrock" and "The Stooges of Europe". Check out "Can DVD" if you're a fan and haven't seen it yet.

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 01.18.09 @ 22:45pm

Can. Not.

Posted by S.R on Tuesday, 03.17.09 @ 18:57pm

They deserve to be in.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 05.12.10 @ 10:50am

Most of the British underground music from the mid-70's on was heavily influenced by Can, from the Fall to the Buzzcocks to Gang of Four straight on thru to Stereolab. They are probably one of the 15 or so most influential bands in rock history. Kind of like a German Velvet Underground (who, unsurprisingly, influenced them directly). You can here them in everything, from PiL to even the Black Keys.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 06.24.10 @ 18:37pm

'Ege Bamyasi' is better than 'Monster Movie'

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 05.8.11 @ 15:50pm

Influence: Can have been a massive influence on the underground and alternative scenes. 30%
Innovation: can were the first krautrock band to release a record and are pretty much the inventors. 30%
Commercial Sucess: Apart from one hit in 76 nopractically nonexistant. 0%
Critical Respect: Oh, they LOOVE this band. 20%
10% bonus for 2+ albums inducted here (yes, that's one of my rules)

90%, needs to be inducted.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 15:25pm

'Ege Bamyasi' is better than 'Monster Movie'

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 05.8.11 @ 15:50pm

They're both good.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 14:25pm

"They're both good."

The difference being 'Monster Movie' is very good and 'Ege Bamyasi' is a masterpiece.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:06pm

Well, I can't argue with that.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 11.24.11 @ 15:55pm

RIP Jaki Liebezeit

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.22.17 @ 18:25pm

Rest In Peace Holger Czukay.

Posted by SotN on Wednesday, 09.6.17 @ 03:09am

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