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Can’s Tago Mago Is 40 This Week: Duncan Fallowell Enlarges

by | 15th, November 2011

LOVERS of krautrock awake! Spoon Records and Mute are bringing out a 40th anniversary edition of the classic, ‘genre-defying’ Can album  Tago Mago this week.

As it happens, leading Arcatiste Duncan Fallowell provided the original liner notes which were taken from an article he published in Melody Maker in October 1971, reprinted for the reissue. He didn’t really want them to, but the record companies said: ‘Oh yes, that’s the whole point, it’s historical. And would you like to write some new ones too?’ So, he has done so.

Duncan was the first person in the UK to visit band Can in Germany and write about them he ‘broke’ them here as it were and did it guess where? in the once old codgery  Spectator. ‘Can you imagine it now?’ Duncan tells Madame. ‘It was really marvellous of the Speccie to go with my wildness in those days which was down to the arts editor really, Kenneth Hurren, but George Gale and the wonderful Harry Creighton were amused by it too. I was 21, 22. It was young fresh acid wildness, not the Jeffrey Barnard sozzled old mackintosh wildness of subsequent  Spectator years.’

When Duncan went on the hippy trail for a year at the end of 1974, Kenneth Hurren gave him a letter of introduction on  Spectator writing-paper. “By that time Kenneth had become Associate Editor because George Gale had been sacked but Harry would never

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