GURU GURU were one of the wildest and most imaginative bands to emerge from the 1970`s Krautrock scene and gave definition to the term. Fulled by a combination of LSD and loud raunchy experimental music which might seem to be unstructured, it indeed incorporated many styles, from jazz to pop. These influences became more and more evident as the band’s career progressed.
The constant member was drummer Mani Nuemier and the band up to the mid-1970`s led a communal life. Guitarist Ax Genrich formerly of AGITATION FREE and bass player Uli Trepte completed the trio which remained intact until 1973 when Trepte went solo and was replaced by jazz man Hans Hartman whose playing resembled that of John Wetton in KING CRIMSON. GURU GURU`s music in the early 1970`s, as many will say was the absolutely freakiest of the day and sometimes had an outright deranged sense of humor on behalf of Mani Nuemier. A turning point for the band came in 1974 with the replacement of Genrich on guitar with ex-Eiliff guitarist Houschang Nejadepour who brought eastern sensibilities to the band as well as a more streamlined sound. They almost sounded like a reincarnation of the MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA of 1972 minus the violin and keyboards.
Nevertheless this line up was to be short lived and Nejadepour was temporarily replaced by Connie Viet. Many personal changes were to follow as the band moved into more funkier and jazzier stylings but at the same time frequently revisiting it’s drugged out roots. Tracks such as “Atomolch” and “Moroso” demonstrate this from “Heydu” and “Globetrotter”. A 1978 live album also reflects Mani’s desire to stay connected with band’s spaced out origins. The band remains active to this day and also has a huge following in Japan where they have often toured and has gone through no less than 26 personal changes. Mr. GURU GURU himself, Mani Nuemier, one of the greatest drummers ever is a German rock icon.