The Can poll

Intro:  Dimitris Kaltsas
Translation: Alexandros Mantas

25 / 09 / 2017

It’s been a long time since we carried out a poll about a favourite band of ours and pull our opinions together. Granted, the saddening passing of the great Holger Czukay is the reason for this one, but we commit ourselves to conduct polls more regularly on bands that are not necessarily related to the latest top stories.

This time, the epicenter could be none other than Can and the spectrum out of which to choose albums and songs is not just wide, but in addition incredibly diverse. This may seem as a figure of speech, so let’s have a closer look and elaborate it. First and foremost, we have to do with a band which was formed and started writing music back in the distant 1968 for eleven consecutive years, disbanding (wisely, perhaps) just before the dawn of the 80s. Aside that, they never repeated themselves. Can never released two alike albums, even though they could do so with the blessings of many of their fans. But they didn’t cater because they were the epitome of experimentation and innovation, being totally unconventional, no less. In essence, they were along with Amon Düül II the most genuine representatives of krautrock since its birth and they expanded the then musical limits within this context (of course their influence echoes to this day). It was not just the revolutionary disposition of this sound, but they also dared to blend the most acid and psychedelic side of rock music with the progressive extremities, the avant-garde element, minimalism and throwing in occasional funk and electronic tinges, until the whole concoction was later renamed to world music and became the template for genres-to-come to draw from, like post-rock, post-punk, new wave and indie-rock.

Naturally, none of the above would become reality if it wasn’t for the larger-than-life personalities that went above and beyond the call of duty that the role within the band dictated. Aside Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit rounded a core of titans with Malcolm Mooney (’68–70) and Damo Suzuki (’70–73) on the periphery who also went down in history for their vocal parts.

Granted, their course might have been on a downward spiral during the 70s as most of their fans maintain, but there will be never, ever a single person (but don’t bet your bottom dollar…) to hold any of their albums as indifferent. Out of the band’s prolific opus, we picked our top-five favourite albums and songs. In a few words, with regard to the albums Tago Mago made it easily to the top, followed by Ege Bamyasi and Future Days out of their eleven diverse albums that made the cut to our top-five lists (as in Pink Floyd). When it comes to the songs, the 21 editors of progrocks.gr that made a list chose 27 out of the 160-170 songs that the band left as a legacy, out of which Mother Sky, Vitamin C and Halleluhwah scored the most points, leaving the rest far behind.

Aggregately, the Can album-ranking, as the editors of progrocks.gr voted, is the following:

01. Tago Mago
02. Ege Bamyasi
03. Future Days
04. Soundtracks
05. Monster Movie
06. Soon Over Babaluma
07. The Peel Sessions 
08. Delay 1968
09. Saw Delight
10. Landed
11. The Lost Tapes

94
79
54
38
26
14
04
02
02
01
01

(the result was calculated by awarding 5 points to the number one of the list, four points to the number two and so on and adding up the points that every album gathered) 

Respectively, this is the result about the top-ten songs:

01. Mother Sky
02. Vitamin C
03. Halleluhwah
04. Paperhouse
05. Yoo Doo Right
06. Pinch
07. Sing Swan Song
08. She Brings The Rain
09. Bel Air
10. Dizzy Dizzy

50
46
41
27
20
18
17
12
09
08

The lists of all 21 editors:

   Albums


Songs


Dimitris 
Anastasiadis
Τago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Monster Movie
Delay 1968
Sing Swan Song
Paperhouse
Vitamin C
Halleluhwah
Mother Sky
Kostas
Barbas
Ege Bamyasi
Tago Mago
Future Days
Soundtracks
Soon Over Babaluma
Halleluhwah
Pinch
Spray
Vitamin C
Mother Sky
Vangelis
Christodoulou
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Monster Movie
Future Days
Delay 1968
Halleluwah
Pinch
Vitamin C
Sing Swan Song
Moonshake
Dina 
Dede
Tago Mago
Future Days
Ege Bamyasi
The Peel Sessions
Soundtracks
Mother Sky
Halleluhwah
Yoo Doo Right
Moonshake
Bel Air
Nikos
Filippaios
Ege Bamyasi
Tago Mago
Future Days
Saw Delight
Monster Movie
Vitamin C
I’m So Green
She Brings The Rain
Halleluwah
Chain Reaction
Ilias
Goumagias
Future Days
Ege Bamyasi
Tago Mago
Soundtracks
Soon Over Babaluma
Future Days
Dizzy Dizzy
Bel Air
She Brings The Rain
Paperhouse
Paris 
Gravouniotis
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Soon Over Babaluma
Soundtracks
Halleluhwah
Paperhouse
Pinch
Bel Air
Mother Sky
Dimitris
Kaltsas
Tago Mago
Soundtracks
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Monster Movie
Mother Sky
Yoo Doo Right
Halleluwah
Millionenspiel
Thief
Dimitris
Kastritis
Soundtracks
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Soon Over Babaluma
Mother Sky
Vitamin C
Dizzy Dizzy
Bel Air
Halleluhwah
Spyros 
Konitopoulos
Tago Mago
Future Days
Ege Bamyasi
Soundtracks
Monster Movie
Vitamin C
Halleluhwah
Moonshake
Tango Whiskeyman
Oh Yeah
Christos
Minos
Tago Mago
Monster Movie
Future Days
Ege Bamyasi
Soon Over Babaluma
Halleluhwah
Mother Sky
Yoo Doo Right
Soup
Animal Waves
Petros
Papadogiannis
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Soundtracks
Future Days
Monster Movie
Paperhouse
Sing Swan Song
Mother Sky
Halleluhwah
I’m So Green
Goran
Petrić
Ege Bamyasi
Tago Mago
Future Days
Soundtracks
Monster Movie
Vitamin C
Mother Sky
She Brings The Rain
Soup
Future Days
Kostas
Rokas
Tago Mago
Monster Movie
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Soon Over Babaluma
Paperhouse
Vitamin C
Spray
Yoo Doo Right
Mother Sky
Thomas
Sarakintsis
Tago Mago
Soundtracks
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Monster Movie
Mother Sky
Paperhouse
One More Night
Pinch
Bel Air
Lefteris
Statharas
Soundtracks
Ege Bamyasi
Future Days
Tago Mago
Landed
Mother Sky
She Brings The Rain
Vitamin C
Millionenspiel
Paperhouse
Panagiotis
Stathopoulos
Future Days
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Monster Movie
Soundtracks
Mother Sky
Yoo Doo Right
Vitamin C
Thief
Paperhouse
Alexandros
Topintzis
Ege Bamyasi
Tago Mago
Monster Movie
Soundtracks
Soon Over Babaluma
Pinch
Yoo Doo Right
Vernal Equinox
Serpentine
Mother Sky
Giorgos
Tsopotos
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Soon Over Babaluma
Monster Movie
Future Days
Deadlock
Vitamin C
Soup
Paperhouse
Mushroom
Giannis
Zavradinos
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Soon Over Babaluma
Future Days
Soundtracks
Oh Yeah
Sing Swan Song
Halleluhwah
I’m So Green
Come Sta, La Luna
Giorgos
Zoukas
Tago Mago
Ege Bamyasi
Soundtracks
The Peel Sessions
The Lost Tapes
Vitamin C
Mother Sky
Thief
Sing Swan Song
Dizzy Dizzy

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