Can was an influential German avantgarde/progressive/experimental rock band, who blended elements of world music, classical music, rock, jazz together in epic improvisations. They were active from 1968 until 1978, but briefly had a reunion around 1989.
Bandmember Michael Karoli (1948-2001) was a fan of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, James Brown, The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa. While he studied music he introduced these groups to his music teacher Holger Czukay. It inspired Czukay and Karoli to create their own experimental rock band, which they named "Can". Other bandmember Irmin Schmidt also cites Zappa as an important influence on their music.