August – More music history #2: Can, Riders, Lovers, Stiff, Bauhaus, Puppy


German krautrock band Can releases debut album Monster Movie. ▷1997 Holgar Czukay history▹
Can, creating mostly through jamming followed by editing, manages to get one single, I Want More, onto the singles charts (UK#26) in Oct. 1976.
The band releases nearly a dozen albums before splitting in 1979. 3-CD box set CAN-THE LOST TAPES is released on June 18, 2012.
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US country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage releases its eponymous debut album.
The band is led by John Dawson and originally includes several members of the Grateful Dead, revealing Jerry Garcia‘s skills playing pedal steel guitar. Its name derives from the 1912 Zane Grey book title.
 ( Website ▷Allmusic bio▹

See also: Poco, The Flying Burrito Brothers


Recorded in Boston in 1971-73, the album The Modern Lovers, vocals by Jonathan Richman, is finally released on Beserkley Records.
Six tracks were produced by John Cale; others were recorded at A&M and Warner. The band has folded by the time of the album’s release, but Richman oversees several incarnations that last through 1988. ▷Richman discog▹


Stiff Records (*) releases its first UK single, So It Goes by Nick Lowe (post Brinsley Schwarz; Lowe was an in-house producer). (*)
The sometimes competent label — which introduces the world to punk and New Wave acts like The Damned, Wreckless Eric, Elvis Costello, and Ian Dury — closes shop in 1985, but is reborn in 2007. Recommended: the 4-CD Box Set (which is actually, quite stiff!).
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English band Bauhaus releases its first single, Bela Lugosi’s Dead.
It’s considered to be the first gothic rock release — announcing the arrival of Goth subculture.  ( Website


Vancouver, Canada electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy releases debut album Bites.  ( Website