Damo Suzuki

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Damo Suzuki
Birth name Kenji Suzuki
Born (1950-01-16) 16 January 1950 (age 64)
Origin Japan
Genres Krautrock
Occupations Vocalist
Musician
Instruments Guitar
Vocals
Years active 1970-1974, 1983-present
Associated acts Can
Website http://www.damosuzuki.de/

Kenji Suzuki (鈴木健二 Suzuki Kenji?, born 16 January 1950), known as Damo Suzuki (ダモ鈴木), is a singer best known for his membership in the German krautrock group, Can.

Biography[edit]

As a teenager, Suzuki spent the late 1960s wandering around Europe, often busking.[1]

When Malcolm Mooney left Can after recording their first album Monster Movie, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit encountered Suzuki busking in Munich, Germany whilst the two were sitting outside at a street café, they invited him to join the group. And he did, performing with them that evening.[2]

Suzuki was with Can from 1970 to 1973, recording a number of well-regarded albums such as Tago Mago, Future Days and Ege Bamyasi. Suzuki's first vocal performance with Can was "Don't Turn the Light On, Leave Me Alone" from Soundtracks[3] His freeform, often improvised lyrics, were sung in no particular language.[2]

Suzuki converted to the Jehovah's Witness.[citation needed]

He returned to music in 1983, and currently leads what is known as Damo Suzuki's Network - as he tours, he performs live improvisational music with various local musicians, so-called "Sound Carriers".[4]

The Fall's 1985 album This Nation's Saving Grace features a song "I Am Damo Suzuki," inspired by and dedicated to the singer.[5] The rock band The Mooney Suzuki takes its name from Damo Suzuki and Can's earlier vocalist Malcolm Mooney.[6]

Discography[edit]

Damo Suzuki performs on the following albums:

  • Can Soundtracks 1970
  • Can Tago Mago 1971
  • Can Ege Bamyasi 1972
  • Can Future Days 1973
  • Can Unlimited Edition 1976 (compilation)
  • Dunkelziffer In The Night 1984
  • Dunkelziffer III 1986
  • Dunkelziffer Live 1985 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Tokyo On Air West 30.04.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Tokyo On Air West 02.05.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Osaka Muse Hall 04.05.97 1997
  • Damo Suzuki Band V.E.R.N.I.S.S.A.G.E. 1998
  • Damo Suzuki Band P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (7CD Box) 1998
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Seattle 1999
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Odyssey 2000
  • Damo Suzuki's Network JPN ULTD Vol.1 2000
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Metaphysical Transfer 2001
  • Damo Suzuki's Network JPN ULTD Vol.2 2002
  • Cul De Sac / Damo Suzuki Abhayamudra 2004
  • Sixtoo - Chewing on Glass & Other Miracle Cures 2004
  • Damo Suzuki's Network Hollyaris 2005 (2CD)
  • Damo Suzuki's Network 3 Dead People After The Performance 2005
  • Damo Suzuki and Now The London Evening News 2006 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki's network Tutti i colori del silenzio 2006 (CD)
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Damo Suzuki Please Heat This Eventually 2007
  • Safety Magic Voices 2007
  • Audioscope Music For A Good Home 2010 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki & The Holy Soul Dead Man Has No 2nd Chance 2010 (CD)
  • Damo Suzuki & Cuzo Puedo Ver Tu Mente 2011(CD/LP)
  • Radio Massacre International "Lost in Transit 4: DAMO" 2010 (CD)
  • Simon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki Simon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki 2013 (Vinyl Box Set Including Book And LP)

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