CAN :: Volkshalle Wagtzenborn-Steinberg, Giessen, October 22, 1971

Farewell to Damo Suzuki, an indomitable spirit, an outrageous performer, a force of nature. During his time with Can in the 1970s, he offered an authentic, thrilling alternative to the rock frontman role, embracing the wild, all gates open approach of his bandmates’ music — and doubling down on it fearlessly.

“Are there singers you really liked working with after Damo in the context of Can?” Sasha Frere-Jones once asked Can keyboardist Irmin Schmidt. “There was no singer with whom it really worked,” Schmidt replied. “We tried out with two or three and it didn’t work. They were too harmless. They were not evil enough.”

For some real live evil, dig into this absolutely killer audience recording of Can in 1971 from the Tago Mago era, with Damo effortlessly surfing the waves of this still-radical sound, shrieking, whispering, conjuring, celebrating. Schmidt called Can’s onstage high points “Glücksgefühl, the ecstasy.” You’ll find plenty of Glücksgefühl here. | t wilcox

Download: CAN :: Volkshalle Wagtzenborn-Steinberg, Giessen, October 22, 1971

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