Monster Movie (album)

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Monster Movie
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1969
RecordedJuly 1969 at Schloss Nörvenich, Germany
LabelSound Factory
Can chronology
Monster Movie
Original cover
1969 Sound Factory issue
1969 Sound Factory issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
BBCvery favorable[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[citation needed]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]
Stylus MagazineA[5]

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

Background and recording[edit]

After the release of their first two singles 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.[6] 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",[7] referring to Schloss Nörvenich, the 14th-century castle in North Rhine-Westphalia where the band recorded from 1968-69.[8]

The image on the cover is a faceless Galactus, a comics character from the Silver Surfer series.[9]


Monster Movie brings together elements of psychedelic rock, blues, free jazz, world music and other styles, the influence of the Velvet Underground[10][11] 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,[10] while the lyrics of "Mary, Mary So Contrary" riff off of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, a popular English nursery rhyme.

Monster Movie was the only Can album on which Malcolm Mooney performed all of the vocals until Rite Time, 20 years after.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks 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



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Can: Monster Movie > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
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  3. ^ Leone, Dominique (10 November 2004). "Can: Monster Movie". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
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  5. ^ Southall, Nick (7 January 2005). "Can: Monster Movie / Soundtracks". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  6. ^ Czukay, Holger (May 1997). "Short History of the Can - Discography". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  7. ^ Warner, Alan (2014). TAGO MAGO, London, UK; Bloomsbury Academic ISBN 978-1628921083, page 79
  8. ^ Cavanaugh, David. "Can – Tago Mago R1971". Uncut. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
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  10. ^ a b McGurk, Mike. "Monster Movie". Rhapsody. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  11. ^ Stubbs, Peter. "Album by Album: Can". Uncut. Retrieved 28 July 2012.