Dubbed "the world's most original rock band" by the British music press, Can are simply without peer.

Founded: 1968

Location: Cologne, Germany

Website: The Official CAN / Spoon Records Website


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Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.

Founded: 1971

Location: Forst, Germany

Website: hans-joachim roedelius

Doldinger's Motherhood

Motherhood pre-dates Klaus Doldinger's work in Passport, and features Lothar Meid.

Founded: 1969

Location: Munich, Germany


Founded: 1970

Location: Stuttgart, Germany


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Founded: 1969

Location: Hannover, Germany

Website: Eloy Legacy


Led by drummer Christian Burchard, Embryo was part of the fertile fusion of new music coming from Munich in the late 60s. The band's roots were in jazz, first supporting Mal Waldron, while the 70s saw Charlie Mariano join up for several albums. The band then traveled east, absorbing Middle-Eastern, Arab and Indian music into their unique brand of fusion, releasing albums to this day. Other key members were Edgar Hoffmann and Roman Bunka.

Founded: 1969

Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Website: EMBRYO's Homepage


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aka Joachim Ehrig. Drummer of Grobschnitt and much later, remaster engineer for many Repertoire and SPV reissues.

Founded: 1951

Location: Weimar, Thüringen, Germany

Website: Erocs Mastering Ranch Eroc Grobschnitt Radio CAE


Originally called the Royal Servants in the 1960s, Eulenspygel's first album is curiously title "2."

Founded: 1971

Location: Reichenbach, Swabia, Germany


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German for "fist", Faust were pioneers in the studio. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, The Faust Tapes album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after IV, however that album, recorded outside the Wumme studio, was their last.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Faust General : News

Froese, Edgar

Edgar Froese, guitarist and founder of Tangerine Dream.

Founded: 1944

Location: Tilsit, Germany