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    Posted: January 16 2006 at 14:24
I don`t know how many Guru Guru fans are left out there but if you`re out there what is is it that fascinates you about this unusual band which has gone through so many transformations over the years.
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 14:27
I just got two of their albums over the holidays (Mani und seine Freund and Don't Call Us...), and I am very impressed. I'm definitely interested in hearing more of their albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 14:51
Great to see you Vibe, you've been too quiet!Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 15:24
First of all Mani Neumeier and his weirdness. Guru Guru even starred in a tv-movie in 1976, under the name "Rattenfänger" ("Rat Catcher" or "Rat Catchers"; the plural of that word is the same as the singular in German); the tv-movie was named "Notwehr" ("Self-defense"). It was the line-up of the "Tango Fango" album that played in this movie, and Mani Neumeier really was impressive. Ok, he more or less played himself, but there were certain scenes in which he was very moving.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 15:30
Originally posted by meurglysIII

I just got two of their albums over the holidays (Mani und seine Freund and Don't Call Us...), and I am very impressed. I'm definitely interested in hearing more of their albums.

Get "Känguru" and their 4th self-titled album; the latter contains their absolute classic "Der Elektrolurch" ("The Electric Batrachian").

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 17:15

I've only heard their self-titled album, and thought it was generally quite poor - and I'm quite a fan of Krautrock - the wilder and more obscure, the better.

There are moments in the track "Electrolurch", but they don't really sell the band to me above, say, Amon Duul II or Erlkoenig.

I definitely need to listen to more of their stuff before I can form a better overall opinion of their music - especially if they've gone through a number of changes (that sounds very interesting indeed), but I must admit I'm not sold if the self-titled album comes recommended.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 17:22
Originally posted by Certif1ed

I've only heard their self-titled album, and thought it was generally quite poor - and I'm quite a fan of Krautrock - the wilder and more obscure, the better.

There are moments in the track "Electrolurch", but they don't really sell the band to me above, say, Amon Duul II or Erlkoenig.

I definitely need to listen to more of their stuff before I can form a better overall opinion of their music - especially if they've gone through a number of changes (that sounds very interesting indeed), but I must admit I'm not sold if the self-titled album comes recommended.


The self-titled one is only recommended for "Der Elektrolurch"; the rest is not that good. But "Der Elektrolurch" is their most famous track, especially for the live-show they have when playing it (drummer Mani Neumeier appears in a batrachian costume with long tail and hops around on stage). Listen to Känguru, and you will hear their qualities. And I highly recommend their live album from 1975; one of the best live albums ever.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 17:29
Originally posted by BaldFriede

Originally posted by meurglysIII

I just got two of their albums over the holidays (Mani und seine Freund and Don't Call Us...), and I am very impressed. I'm definitely interested in hearing more of their albums.

Get "Känguru" and their 4th self-titled album; the latter contains their absolute classic "Der Elektrolurch" ("The Electric Batrachian").


Thanks, will check them out. I know that the self-titled is pretty easy to come by, but do you know where I could get a copy of Kanguru? I checked on amazon and the lowest price was 38 dollars and searched on ebay and none were being offered up for auction.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 17:40

Originally posted by BaldFriede


..."Der Elektrolurch" is their most famost track, especially for the live-show they have when playing it (drummer Mani Neumeier appears in a batrachian costume with long tail and hops around on stage).

I must admit, I never heard that in the music...

Kind of Känguru like, would you say?


Thanks for the recommendations, BF - as I say, I am very keen on Krautrock and felt a bit bitten by the self-titled album. I'll check out the two you mention



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 17:42
The track title caught my interest - I'll be listening to the "Elektrolurch" later on (Napster).
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A pic of Mani Neumeier with his Elektrolurch mask, but somehow without tail. Taken on the Burg Herzberg festival 2005.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 16 2006 at 19:49
really like the band but can`t find much of their stuff
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2006 at 10:41
Great responses good to see that ( as Fripp would say ) there is life out there. I am strapped for time at present but I would have to say that it is the wierd and creative element of the guru guru concept which has attracted me to the band over the years. A good starting point for those not familiar with the band would be the 2 CD set Best Of . Itcovers their whole career up to 1981. If anyone has any questions about the band PM me I will be more than happy to help you out.
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2006 at 01:18


any comments of Neumeier-Genrich-Schmidt Psychedelic Mosterjam?
it's excellent, many trippy-jams...oh boy!

holy psychedelic crap!




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2006 at 01:48
I would suggest Kanguru from their early career,
although UFO is a hard psychedelic rock early gem.
Dance of the Flames kicks off the later stuff and may
be their best studio album. If you dont mind
compilations Space Ship captures many of their
early great songs, while Best of part 2(you'll not find
many single CD discs of
psychedelic/progressive/krautrock from the 70's
better than this) captures many of the best songs
after the band matured, although there were many
lineup changes. Very Best of ..puts those 2 discs in
one package for a pretty comprehensive cover of
their career.

They were a fascinating band and very diverse
through their career. Truly one of the Great Bands
from the early Krautrock scene. The later 70's stuff
must have left Pink Floyd scratching their heads, it is
over the top! They were one of the best early 70's
examples of psychedelic hard rock, blues,
progressive rock, experimental electronics to land on
this planet!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2006 at 06:57
I love their hendrixian guitar sound!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2006 at 10:29
Originally posted by DallasBryan

I would suggest Kanguru from their early career,
although UFO is a hard psychedelic rock early gem.
Dance of the Flames kicks off the later stuff and may
be their best studio album. If you dont mind
compilations Space Ship captures many of their
early great songs, while Best of part 2(you'll not find
many single CD discs of
psychedelic/progressive/krautrock from the 70's
better than this) captures many of the best songs
after the band matured, although there were many
lineup changes. Very Best of ..puts those 2 discs in
one package for a pretty comprehensive cover of
their career.

They were a fascinating band and very diverse
through their career. Truly one of the Great Bands
from the early Krautrock scene. The later 70's stuff
must have left Pink Floyd scratching their heads, it is
over the top! They were one of the best early 70's
examples of psychedelic hard rock, blues,
progressive rock, experimental electronics to land on
this planet!
Very well said. I think you put the band in a nutshell.
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2006 at 10:31
Originally posted by anael



any comments of Neumeier-Genrich-Schmidt Psychedelic Mosterjam?
it's excellent, many trippy-jams...oh boy!

holy psychedelic crap!




They don`t make music like that anyomre!
                
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 20 2006 at 16:42
i had kangaru but left it in my cd player when i sent it to be repaired but it was gone when it came back. i still have the cover though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2006 at 23:31
Originally posted by Zac M

I just got two of their albums over the holidays (Mani und seine Freund and Don't Call Us...), and I am very impressed. I'm definitely interested in hearing more of their albums.
Try to find  live 1978, Kanguru, Tango Fango,Live 1998
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