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The band had been formed in August 1968 by drummer Mani Neumeier and developed into one of Germany's most colourful rock acts. To start off with, Guru Guru sounded much more rhythmically diverse than other German acts, tri... more »
The band had been formed in August 1968 by drummer Mani Neumeier and developed into one of Germany's most colourful rock acts. To start off with, Guru Guru sounded much more rhythmically diverse than other German acts, tried different grooves and alternative music styles and were considered by the press as the German equivalent to British rock acts such as Cream. At the same time, international icons were totally alien to Guru Guru, the musicians drawing their inspiration from their seemingly limitless imagination and a healthy portion of stubbornness.
While the group saw themselves as an active part of the student movement, they had a whole different musical approach compared to the political rock bands of the early seventies, while their lifestyle featured the typical flair of an idyllic commune: musicians, their girl-friends, friends and roadies living together on an old farm in the Odenwald region. Drummer Neumeier was undisputedly the most important power behind Guru Guru; not only their music centred on him, he also developed the so-called Mani-Tom, an inflatable drum which allows the player to raise the pitch by blowing air into the tom. The group produced their debut album, UFO, in June 1970, which - according to the liner notes - was intended to prepare its listeners for the impending landing of extraterrestrials. Hinten, another album featuring improvised tracks, followed one year later.
Känguru saw the trio consisting of Mani Neumeier, Uli Trepte and Ax Genrich change their concept successively. Together with sound engineer Conny Plank, they ensconced themselves in the studio between February 28 and March 6 1972 and produced an album which presented musicians who had inspired each other during the recording. 'We tried a kind of triangular system,' Neumeier explains, 'one of us came up with an idea, the other two picked up on it and tried variations on their instruments.' The result consisted of four long but clearly structured songs, among them the classic, 'Ooga Booga' , from then on an integral part of the band's live repertoire. Guitarist Ax Genrich allowed himself to be influenced mainly by Jimi Hendrix. 'Every time I think I ve discovered something new, I notice that Jimi Hendrix came up with it long before me on Electric Ladyland,' he confessed, adding: 'He's my most important inspiration.'
Guru Guru - 'Kanguru'
Mike Reed | USA | 11/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"'Kanguru' was the band's third lp,originally released in 1972.I'd give it a 4 1/2 star rating as it's nearly as mind-blowing as 'UFO'(see my review) or 'Hinten'.The original line-up is here,Mani Neumeier-drums&keyboards,Ax Genrich-guitar and Uli Trepte-bass.In my opinion,'Kanguru' is more or less an essential krautrock title to own a copy of and play often.Four tracks total,each one serves it's purpose quite well to fully trip out the listener.Track listing:"Oxymoron"(10:33),"Immer Lusting"(15:40),"Baby Cake Walk"(10:59) and "Ooga Booga"(11:09).Some may argue that Guru Guru is not so much 'actual' krautrock.They're like part kraut,part heavy-psychedelia.Recommended."
Marcos Henrique | Piraju, SP Brazil | 06/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Krautrock's freakest moment. Only 4 songs: "Oxymoron", "Immer Lustig", "Baby Cake Walk" (my favourite) and "Ooga Booga". Great guitar work and imaginative compositions. Highly recommended."
Tom | London | 06/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I hate how the term Krautrock is used in slapdash manner to describe any music produced in Germany in the late 60's and 70's. The truth is that Guru Guru are simply not fit to lace the boots of the best German bands of the period but they, and others far worse, have attained some degree of critcal cool simply by being descibed as "Krautrock". Again, Guru Guru are not the worst of these spurious "Krautrock" groups (for instance Kraan are far less interesting) and this might be their best album. The tracks consist of jams stuck together, haphazardly at times but quite entertainingly too, built around Mani Neumeier's octopus-armed drumming, occasional vocalising and layers and layers of Ax (what a name for a guitarist!) Genrich's hyperactive guitar. The overall effect is not unlike a more spaced out Groundhogs! Again, not even remotely essential, but quite groovy nonetheless."