R.I.P. Damo Suzuki (1950-2024)

2024-02-12 by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR | 28 Comments
Japanese krautrock legend Damo Suzuki has passed away at the age of 74, following an extensive battle with colon cancer.

Suzuki was best known for his stint with Can, with whom he recorded three albums: Tago Mago (1971), Ege Bamyasi (1972), and Future Days (1973). These records are widely recognized as pioneering the krautrock genre, as well as being highly influential to future experimental rock acts. As the band’s frontman, Suzuki adopted a loose, often improvisational approach to his vocals and lyrics – fitting nicely with the other band members’ jazz and avant-garde backgrounds. The group’s music was incredibly eclectic, encompassing elements of funk, jazz, psychedelia, space rock, musique concrète, and much more.

Following his departure from Can in 1973, Suzuki became a Jehovah’s Witness and stopped making music altogether. However, he eventually left the denomination and returned to music in 1983 under the name “Damo Suzuki’s Network”. Suzuki would continue putting out albums until his death, with his final release being 2022’s Arkaoda, which he recorded with the Spiritczualic Enhancement Center.

The surviving members of Can posted the following on their official Facebook page:

”It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our wonderful friend Damo Suzuki, yesterday, Friday 9th February 2024.
His boundless creative energy has touched so many over the whole world, not just with Can, but also with his all continents spanning Network Tour. Damo's kind soul and cheeky smile will be forever missed.
He will be joining Michael, Jaki and Holger for a fantastic jam!
Lots of love to his family and children.
We will post funeral arrangements at a later date.”


Check out the videos below to hear some examples of Suzuki’s work with the band:









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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2024
20792 Comments


Huge fucking RIP

br4dl3yb34r
February 12th 2024
286 Comments


RIP. Halleluwah is one of my all time favorite jams. That live Paperhouse is incredible too. Can were so ahead of their time and Damo was a huge part of that.

VlacDrac
February 12th 2024
2127 Comments


Big RIP.

gabba
February 12th 2024
483 Comments


A true pioneer, RIP.

Trifolium
February 12th 2024
38532 Comments


Thank you for the wonderful music dearest Damo. Rest in peace and we're all so green.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2024
31819 Comments


Absolute legend. Rest in peace.

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2024
3864 Comments


The charisma on the man! Like no-one else, even now. RIP

someone
February 12th 2024
6298 Comments


A damn legend

DoofDoof
February 12th 2024
14483 Comments


not sure if it's good or bad but I always think of The Fall's immense song named after him first ahead of the music of Can when I read his name

Demon of the Fall
February 12th 2024
32744 Comments


Rest in peace indeed. What an important pioneer in music history.

Has anyone checked his solo stuff, it has barely any ratings even on RYM? Hmm, curious. Would have thought his name alone would be enough to generate intrigue

Trifolium
February 12th 2024
38532 Comments


Yeah same, haven't done so yet either. That will change, in his honour.

e210013
February 12th 2024
5013 Comments


Very sad news really. I always loved the music of Can and Suzuki participated on three of the best albums of that band, "Tago Mago", "Ege Bamyasi" and "Future Days", three of the most important works of the German Krautrock. So, Suzuki became a pioneer and a legend in the genre.

So, thanks for all. RIP hard.

ArsMoriendi
February 12th 2024
40736 Comments


Massive loss to music!

Halleluwah is literally my favorite song to break 10-minutes

Turtles Have Short Legs is such a massive bop, as is Moonshake with its weird mechanical instrumental break

God and that wild freak out in Peking O, or just how badass he sounds in I’m So Green

He’s such a fantastic, creative vocalist RIP. Everyone check “Turtles” if you haven’t it was a non-album single not everyone would know about: https://youtu.be/my8T7hB992k?si=wOrSRceuu739BS_-

Trifolium
February 12th 2024
38532 Comments


Didn't know the Turtles tune yet Ars, thanks for sharing. It is lovely indeed, as expected.

zakalwe
February 12th 2024
38506 Comments


Lived to 74 and is partly responsibly for some of the greatest albums of all time.
A bright flame.
RIP

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 12th 2024
27151 Comments


turtles whips yeah, a favorite at our 2022 housewarming

RIP, an inimitable frontperson and indeed one of the best album runs of all time in any genre

ChaoticVortex
February 12th 2024
1568 Comments


Huge RIP to a real one, I think I heard him first on his collab record with Omar Rodriguez Lopez and then worked myself to the classic Can records. Fantastic and creative singer he was.

farmerobama
February 12th 2024
481 Comments


R.I.P. Legend, gonna spin some Can today

brainmelter
February 12th 2024
8241 Comments


RIP

Sabrutin
February 12th 2024
9539 Comments


RIP

Lasssie
February 12th 2024
1611 Comments


RIP

Hawks
February 12th 2024
84592 Comments


RIP ahrd never jammed but just saved Tago Mago to listen to at some point this week.

BAT
February 12th 2024
1679 Comments


RIP

MrCoffee
February 12th 2024
187 Comments


Rest easy king

SomeCallMeTim
February 12th 2024
3759 Comments


MrCoffeeOrTea

MrCoffee
February 12th 2024
187 Comments


it's been more MrTea for the last 6 years, tbh

Snake.
February 12th 2024
25189 Comments


RIP!

Jasdevi087
February 13th 2024
8092 Comments


RIP



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