More from the WDR TV special: two minutes of "Acapulco Gold" (16.5MB wmv file) from a 1968 practice room jam by Xhol Caravan and three minutes of Floh de Cologne (21MB wmv file), both bands rarely seen. Xhol were on the forefront of the underground psychedelic movement in Germany, and while the fusiony elements they exhuded might scare off some Kraftwerk/Neu worshippers, they were a total ball of primitive energy that just happened to have more organ/sax leanings than your electronic knobtwiddlers and communal freakout peers. They were without doubt one of the best bands to come out of the whole 1960's/early 70's German scene, and you can still nab a bunch of their releases that are in print. In 2002, our own Tony Coulter did a special on the band and was joined by drummer Skip Van Wyck, you can hear the whole archive here.
Floh de Cologne started out in 1966 as a kind of socio-political cabaret band of students, actors, and other wayward musicians. They released a few records into the early 70's on Ohr and got some Zappa comparisons, but this video clip also puts a bit of the Fugs into focus. They were probably the least "cosmic" of the Ohr stable, but an important German group nonetheless, and I am completely in awe of the guitarist at the end of this clip, somehow I could see him I dunno, in the Bunnybrains today perhaps. Anyway, sorry for the brevity of these clips, but Krautfans should dig; more to come soon.