A closer look at that photo. Doesn't the
subject seem a tiny bit familiar? Ignore
the moustache but check the swept back
wispy strands of hair and the warmly
this gent may live and work under the
name of Holger Czukay but his features
are a ringer for that pioneering time
lord William Hartnell, the first Dr Who.
comparison doesn't cease at the physical
resemblance. Common concepts of time and
space must be thrown to the void, for
this man is surrounded by severe
his interviewing sessions take place in
the EMI building, and the employees who
labour therein are deep into celebration
following the re issue of a four-year-old
Kraftwerk track scooping up the national
after our chat, Holger plays me an
unreleased cassette recording of his old
band, Can, a cultish but highly esteemed
bunch of ageing, happy dabbling Deutsche
men who once circumnavigated the fiery
frontiers of rock experimentation.
sounds springing off the tape feature a
highly-energised rhythmic propulsion
sprinkled with a layer of loosely free
form guitar. It's a spine-shaking yet
heady aural feast which most of the
self-conscious, would-be barrier breakers
around today would give their most costly
synth array to achieve.
shocking truth is that these noises were
captured in a German cellar, directly
onto a Revox, in 1968.
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