Jaki

Jaki Liebezeit has died aged 78. There aren’t too many drummers- forgive me drummers if I’m showing my ignorance here- who you can say are unique and recognisable. His playing, his rhythms, on Can’s records are otherworldly, like nothing else. As well as Can he played with Jah Wobble, Michael Rother and Brian Eno. Again, there aren’t many drummers whose name alone makes me want to check out something they played on. Jazz trained, reluctantly pushed into rock ‘n’ roll in West German beat groups in the 1960s he (and the rest of Can) came up with something entirely new that was also culturally significant. Can were determined to reject all that their fathers had stood for, perhaps more significant in Germany in the 60s than other many countries, and avoid the influence of the USA too. They wanted to make a music which was new and European with the rhythms well to the fore. His Can companion Holger Czukay was asked by a journalist if Jaki was like a drum machine. ‘More accurate’ he replied.

Future Days

This footage shows B-Boys poppin’ to Can’s Vitamin C back in the day.

That is the real deal I believe.

RIP Jaki.

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Zyklodrom

I’ve had an eventful forty eight hours. On Saturday we took the kids into town to watch the Manchester Pride parade followed by going to see my brother who was taking part in a live graffiti event in a beer garden in The Angel pub. The two djs were spinning old school hip-hop, dub and electro and a good dollop of Kraftwerk, all of which sounded great in the faint Mancunian sunshine. Early evening came and we raced home so I could get out to one of the local Sale pubs to watch a punk covers band called Cheapskates who played a set which was 75% Clash songs. All good fun.

Yesterday we went out into Cheshire to visit my parents. I cycled there, about thirty miles through good roads and sunshine. Just arriving near their house I snapped a spoke. The car was full so I had to try to get home a few hours later with the broken spoke. All was going well. Ten miles from home near Tatton Park a second spoke went. Total pisser. I had to await rescue in a pub made more bearable by a very nice pint of Manchester Pale Ale. Today I will be going to the bike shop.

I pulled out Neu! man Michael Rother’s 1977 solo album Flammende Herzen the other day. It doesn’t sound like it was made that long ago. Completely instrumental and really very good indeed. Jaki Leibezeit plays drums. Rother plays everything else.

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How Much Are They?

It’s turning into a kind of interactive week at Bagging Area with reader suggestions and comments leading onto the next day’s posting, in a seamless blog-segue. Or something like that. Yesterday Echorich said he needed a Balearic compilation for a drive he’s undertaking across the US and went looking for a Jah Wobble, Holger Czukay and The Edge 12″. I’ afraid I am philosophically and morally unable to post anything involving the tax avoiding, overblown Irish rock band. And this song from Full Circle in 1982 is better anyway, featuring also some girls who turned up at the studio asking ‘How much are they?’

A little bit of internet digging led to this re-working/re-edit by Utopus, which is pretty smart.