TITLE: Monster Movie
YEAR RELEASED: 1969
CHART ACTION: Nah.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only those who love Krautrock and / or weirdness
LINEUP: Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezet, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Malcolm Mooney
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a rejected album (later released about 13 or so years later), Can records a ‘more accessible record’. Of course, it has a side long track.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The beginning of Krautrock? Maybe. Can had a couple of singles and a rejected album under their belt when Music Factory (later Liberty and United Artists) released this record in Europe in 1969.
It wasn’t quite psychedelic, or something for hippies. It was its own thing. There are some regular song structures here, but there’s some jazz improvisations, and rhythmic influences from other cultures all thrown in the mix. Add to that, while the band was German the singer was an African-American poet living in Germany.
This is intriguing, and while not all of the pieces come together, and some parts are a little off, especially Mooney’s odd, abstract lyrics. it’s still a noble experiment in sounds.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Malcolm Mooney left the band soon after and went back to the US. Allegedly he had a nervous breakdown.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: “Yoo Doo Right”, the 20-plus minute opus, is one of the better long form songs, but a couple of pieces of it and parts of the other songs on the albums needed a bit more polish.