Guru Guru

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This article is about the German Krautrock band. For the 1992 manga/anime series, see Mahōjin Guru Guru. For the 1998 manga series, see Guru Guru Pon-chan.
Guru Guru
Guru Guru 2007-09-27.jpg
From left: Hans Reffert, Peter Kühmstedt, Mani Neumeier, Roland Schaeffer (2007)
Background information
Origin Heidelberg, Germany
Genres Krautrock, Experimental rock, Psychedelic rock, Progressive rock
Years active 1968–present
Website www.guru-guru.com
Members Mani Neumeier
Hans Reffert
Peter Kühmstedt
Roland Schaeffer
Past members Uli Trepte
Eddy Naegeli
Jim Kennedy
Ax Genrich
Bruno Schaab
Conny Veit
Hans Hartmann
Houschaeng Nejadepour
Jogi Karpenkiel
Josef Jandrisits
Butze Fischer
Hellmut Hattler
Dieter Bornschlegel
Peter Wolbrandt
Erwin Ditzner
Barbara Lahr
Uli Zuefle
Razem Ruebel
Luigi Archetti

Guru Guru is a German Krautrock band formed in 1968 as The Guru Guru Groove by Mani Neumeier (drums), Uli Trepte (bass) and Eddy Naegeli (guitar) later replaced by American Jim Kennedy (guitar). In time for their debut in 1970, Ax Genrich had replaced Kennedy to solidify the classic Guru Guru line up.

Music[edit]

Guru Guru were related to the free jazz music scene both through their work with Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer and through Neumeier, who had already won several jazz prizes. The band was also influenced by psychedelic rock artists, such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Rolling Stones and early Pink Floyd.

Among the band's friends were Amon Düül, Can and Xhol Caravan, with whom Guru Guru played jam sessions.[citation needed]

Guru Guru, live in 2007

Frontman Mani Neumeier (drummer and singer) has an original style of playing drums, and is known in the European jazz rock-scene. He was also involved in numerous other projects, as Tiere der Nacht, The Psychedelic Monsterjam, Damo Suzuki's Network, Globe Unity Orchestra, Harmonia, Acid Mothers Guru Guru, Voodootrance & Lover 303.

Social environment[edit]

Guru Guru's live performances in the late 1960s and early 1970s were politically left-oriented. They organized concerts together with the Socialist German Student Union, read political texts between the songs, and sometime played at the jails. Their shows were extravagant and anarchistic, some of the musicians lived together in a commune in German Odenwald region, experimented with hallucinogens (one of their songs is titled The LSD March/German: Der LSD-Marsch). Mani Neumeier is one of the organizers of the annual Krautrock-Festival Finkenbach.

Publicity[edit]

Guru Guru has released over 40 LPs and CDs, and has sold over 500,000 records. The band has played numerous live concerts, appeared in films, radio and television. In 1976 Guru Guru was the first German band to play live on the WDR TV show Rockpalast.

Discography[edit]

  • 1970 UFO
  • 1971 Hinten
  • 1972 Känguru
  • 1973 Guru Guru
  • 1973 Don't Call Us, We Call You
  • 1974 Dance of the Flames
  • 1974 Der Elektrolurch (2 LP)
  • 1975 Mani und seine Freunde
  • 1976 Tango Fango
  • 1977 Globetrotter
  • 1978 Live (2 LP)
  • 1979 Hey du
  • 1981 Mani in Germani
  • 1983 Mani Neumeiers neue Abenteuer (aka Guru Mani ... )
  • 1987 Jungle
  • 1988 Guru Guru 88
  • 1988 Live 72
  • 1992 Shake Well – MC
  • 1993 Shake Well
  • 1995 Wah Wah
  • 1996 Mask (limited edition)
  • 1997 Moshi Moshi
  • 1999 Live 98 (3 CD - set, also on 2 LP)
  • 2000 2000 Gurus
  • 2003 Essen 1970
  • 2005 In the Guru Lounge
  • 2007 Wiesbaden 1972
  • 2008 PSY
  • 2009 Live on tour 2008
  • 2009 Wiesbaden 1973
  • 2011 Doublebind
  • 2013 Electric Cats

Mani Neumeier's discography: see Mani Neumeier

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