ABOUT MALCOLM MOONEY.
"he actually fitted perfectly into Can's "working
methods" as he was unexperienced as we were all. There
simply were no methods, there was just a strong will by everyone
to succeed in getting something on tape. Our methods consisted
mainly of daily rituals. They were actually our motor to get
on through the day. One of these rituals were our fights and
quarrels. It was the turn of each of us being on duty to start
arguing in order to keep that Can engine running. Most of the
time Malcolm kept out of them. That might be because we easily
could fall back into German language when fighting. Can wasn't
sure yet which way musically to go till Malcolm jumped one day
to the microphone and pushed us into A RHYTHM. Before we actually
had started recording in Schloss Norvenich, the owner had invited
the most important gallerists for a Picasso exhibition I think
and we were invited to contribute as a music group without a
name. We played about 3 hours and this was for the first time
ever we played together. There was this big staircase in the
castle and Malcolm started singing "upstairs-downstairs-upstairs-downstairs..."
going on for at least one hour. In front of the microphone he
really was walking upstairs/downstairs all the time. This was
the way how he turned us on in getting tuned into a rhythm.
We owe him a lot to get started as a
group, but also I'm asking what did he take out that became
essential for his further development? Though Can might be considered
being a group of artists we were right the contrary to it at
the same time, an artistic black hole so to speak. We actually
were not interested in the artists' scene and thoughts as such.
Thinking of that Can became a bunch of punks from the very beginning.
Punks by our own and free decision with a lot of sensibility
what's going around unlike the punk development at the end of
the seventies who cared more or less about nothing. As far as
I can see the situation right Malcolm had left this cooking
creation plant in order to stay with the artists league. At
least this is my impression."
published in Popwatch
Magazine #9 march '98
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