Guru Guru

Guru GuruFrom: Heidelberg, Germany

Guru Guru is a Krautrock band from Germany who formed in 1968 as the Guru Guru Groove. Founding members were Mani Neumeier (drums), Uli Trepte (bass) and Eddy Naegeli (guitar). Naegeli was later replaced by American Jim Kennedy. Before the band became Guru Guru and released their debut album in 1970, Kennedy was replaced by Ax Genrich.

The band delved heavily into the free jazz music scene through their work with Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer and through Neumeier who had previously won numerous jazz awards. Other influences on the sound of Guru Guru include Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, the Who, the Rolling Stones, and early Pink Floyd. Neumeier is credited for is original style of playing drums, a technique known in the European jazz-rock scene. Neumeier was also involved in a number of other projects.

Guru Guru’s concerts in the late 1960s and early 1970s were very political and left-winged. The band organized shows in collaboration with the Socialist German Student Union, read political texts between songs, and even played at jails. The members experimented with hallucinogens during this time and is reflected in their music.

Over the years, Guru Guru has released over 40 albums, and has sold over 500,000 records. In 1976, they were the first German band to play live on the WDR TV show Rockpalast. Their 1970 debut album, UFO, features some amazing acid-rock that goes all over the place. The album features some of the better freak-out music of the day.

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From the 1970 album UFO

  • Stone In
  • Next Time See You At The Dalai Lhama