9/5/15 – Hairy Chapter – Can’t Get Through – 1971

Album Of The Day

Hairy Chapter Can't Get Through - Cover Art - 1971

The absurdly named Hairy Chapter released what was essentially their third and final album, Can’t Get Through on the Bacillus label in 1971. Their first album was released under the name Chaparall Electric Sound Inc in 1969 and called Electric Sound For Dancing, their second, Eyes completed the name change and was released in 1970. (The conversations they must have had to arrive at this new name).

Without just repeating Julian Cope’s review of the album (go to link below) and from what I can figure out from the German Wikipedia, the band members were Harry Titlbach on guitar, Rudolf Oldenburg on bass, Rudi Haubold on drums (replaced by Werner Faus for this album) and Harry Unte on vocals – it was produced by studio wizard Dieter Dierks.

It sounds like an ancient giant, clad in thick leather criss-crossing straps made from the bridles of the devil’s horses, lined with fur from dead extinct creatures, has roamed the streets of Bonn slicing the tops off buildings, pouring treacle into the drains and pushing mountains across the German countryside till they fall into the sea. The guitar tones are so thick that you could break your teeth if you opened your mouth near the speakers.

It’s one of the great lost albums of the era, mixing Blues Rock and a beautiful noise with Kraut Rock and strange misty cults that float above the fields in the early dew-soaked mornings. When you think what was happening in all the freaky German cities at the time, the German underground scene of the day was the place to be to experience small happenings with gigantic consequences.

Love this album and it has just been reissued so you no longer have to pay 2,000 dollars for a vinyl copy – it’s in the store waiting for you now!






4 Responses to “9/5/15 – Hairy Chapter – Can’t Get Through – 1971”

  1. simone May 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Very nice indeed! Came across a blue vinyl edition at Red Eye yesterday for about $60 AUD.

  2. jemalwade May 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Terrible band name though the music rings familiar of many things. Is that the original album cover? If so, how’d they manifest that in 71?

  3. HarryT May 13, 2015 at 6:42 am #

    Marty, thanks for the nice review.

    As to the “thick guitar tone”, maybe someone is interested 😉
    1. on our first LP “EYES” 1969
    guitar: Gibson 1956 P-90 Goldtop with bigsby
    amp: 50W Marshall with 4×12″ Marshall-Box
    2. on our second LP “CAN’T GET THROUGH” 1970
    guitar: Gibson 1956 P-90 Goldtop with bigsby on “there’s a kind of nothing”
    guitar: Epiphone 1962 Wilshire with Mini-PAF’s on all other songs
    amp: >100W Laney with 4×12″ Marshall-Box

    The Laney amp was a present from Tony Iommi, we played 1970 with Black Sabbath in Hannover and Berlin.
    That’s why the guitar sound on “Can’t Get Through” is a bit darker and could remember Black Sabbath.

    All is a long time ago!

    Wish you all a nice time
    Harry T.
    Bonn, Germany

    • Marty Willson-Piper June 3, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

      Hey Harry, Thanks for the informative and interesting post – much appreciated. I love your album and so does my daughter, we are both proud owners of the reissue vinyl – an original copy may cost millions! As far as your other records, I haven’t been so lucky are they available anywhere?

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