Monster Movie (Can album)

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Monster Movie
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1969
RecordedJuly 1969 at Schloss Nörvenich, Federal Republic of Germany
LabelMusic Factory
Can chronology
Monster Movie
Original cover
1969 Music Factory issue
1969 Music Factory issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
BBCvery favorable[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
The Great Rock Discography7/10[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Spectrum Culture5/5[11]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[10]
Stylus MagazineA[7]
Tom HullA-[8]

Monster Movie is the debut studio album by German rock band Can, released in August 1969 by Music Factory and Liberty Records.

Background and recording[edit]

In 1968 Can had produced an album entitled Prepared to Meet Thy PNOOM, which no record company agreed to release (recordings were eventually released on LP in 1981 as part of Delay 1968). Monster Movie was Can's attempt at a more accessible record.[12] The album is credited to "The Can", a name suggested by vocalist Malcolm Mooney and adopted by democratic vote. Previously the band had been known as "Inner Space", which later became the name of their purpose-built recording studio. Some copies of the LP bore the subtitle "Made in a castle with better equipment",[13] referring to Schloss Nörvenich, the 14th-century castle in North Rhine-Westphalia where the band recorded from 1968-69.[14]

The image on the cover is a retrace of Galactus, as originally depicted by Jack Kirby (inked by Vince Colletta) in Marvel's Thor #134 - page 3, released in 1966. [15]


Monster Movie brings together elements of psychedelic rock, blues, free jazz, world music and other styles, the influence of the Velvet Underground[16][17] being particularly obvious on the opening track "Father Cannot Yell". The use of improvisation, experimentation, editing and layering of sounds set a standard for Can's subsequent albums in the early 1970s, which were seminal to the freewheeling avant-garde style dubbed "krautrock" by the British music press. The 20-minute jam "Yoo Doo Right" was pared down from 6 hours' taping,[16] while the lyrics of "Mary, Mary So Contrary" riff off Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, a popular English nursery rhyme.

Monster Movie was the last Can album on which Malcolm Mooney performed all of the vocals until Rite Time, recorded in late 1986[18] and issued in 1989.[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, Malcolm Mooney.

Side one
1."Father Cannot Yell"7:06
2."Mary, Mary So Contrary"6:21
3."Outside My Door"4:11
Side two
4."Yoo Doo Right"20:27
Total length:38:05



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  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Can: Monster Movie > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ Barnes, Mike (2005). "Review of Can - Monster Movie / Soundtracks / Tago Mago / Ege Bamyasi". BBC. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Can". Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  5. ^ Leone, Dominique (10 November 2004). "Can: Monster Movie". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. ISBN 9780743201698.
  7. ^ Southall, Nick (7 January 2005). "Can: Monster Movie / Soundtracks". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  8. ^ Tom Hull. "Grade List: can". Tom Hull - on the web. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Martin C. Strong (1998). The Great Rock Discography (1st ed.). Canongate Books. ISBN 978-0-86241-827-4.
  10. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). "Minutemen". Spin Alternative Record Guide (1st ed.). New York: Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  11. ^ "Can: Monster Movie/Soundtracks/Tago Mago/Ege Bamyasi - Album Review". 4 September 2014.
  12. ^ Czukay, Holger (May 1997). "Short History of the Can - Discography". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  13. ^ Warner, Alan (2014). TAGO MAGO, London, UK; Bloomsbury Academic ISBN 978-1628921083, page 79
  14. ^ Cavanaugh, David. "Can – Tago Mago R1971". Uncut. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Stan Lee". Lambiek. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  16. ^ a b McGurk, Mike. "Monster Movie". Rhapsody. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  17. ^ Stubbs, Peter. "Album by Album: Can". Uncut. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  18. ^ Young & Schmidt 2018, p. 311.
  19. ^ Young & Schmidt 2018, p. 313.

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