catalogue

HALF JAPANESE

VOLUME 3: 1990-1995 (FIRE RECORDS)

HALF JAPANESE - VOLUME 3: 1990-1995 83673
format:
3 CD
release:
01.05.2015
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
83673
barcode:
0809236134424
Continuing their Fire deluxe reissues of the entire Half Japanese catalogue, Volume Three: 1990-1995 is the third of four volumes containing three LPs/CDs.

This next set of Half Japanese LPs begins with 1990's explosively, noisy and chaotic (sometimes improvised) e Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love' featuring their cover of the Them garage rock classic "Gloria" and two tracks "Titanic" and "Hand Without a Body" that were co-written with the like-minded Daniel Johnston.

Two years later the notably more delicate and, dare we say, jangly, ire In The Sky' (1992) arrived at a pivotal time for the group when they gained notable recognition from the likes of Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Teenage Fanclub and Yo La Tengo (whose Ira Kaplan guests on the record).

This highly anticipated third installation closes the trio with 1995's ot' which became MTVs album of the week on release, with Michael Goldbery writing "Hot, mixes Sonic Youth-style noise, Stooges primitivism and '60s pop with excellent results.

"Lucky Ones" is a simply charming number ("A good thing just got better/ As better as better can be") reminiscent of Jonathan Richman, while "Drum Straight" is dose of feedback drenched skonk and "Vampire" rocks hard liken the Sonic's "Bull In The Heather." Fire's colossal Half Japanese series began last year with the Record Store Day exclusive of alf Gentleman/Not Beasts', this set contains the records in their original form with extras that later appeared on CD formats available.

It will also include original artwork from Jad Fair and liner notes by Half Japanese hall of famer Mark David Jickling.

"Cutting straight to the gut. Jad's phrasing matches surging sentiments, creating a counterpoint to the spot-on music.

When they grind out a groove half-rhythmic/half-blank cadences, the woozy disconnect is oddly compelling" Pitchfork's Best New Reissue (Volume 2: 1987-1989) // "An impressive and well-assembled study of one of this band's more interesting periods" All Music // "This should also lay to rest any questions about the importance of Half Japanese.

Without them, we wouldn't have the primitive pop of Beat Happening nor the id-bearing beauty of Daniel Johnston" Paste Magazine //
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. EVERY HOUR
  • 1.2. ELEVATOR BOY
  • 1.3. GLORIA
  • 1.4. EAR
  • 1.5. THE TITANIC
  • 1.6. OUR EYES
  • 1.7. SPIN
  • 1.8. UP AND DOWN
  • 1.9. RUN
  • 1.10. ALL OF ME
  • 1.11. HAND WITHOUT A BODY
  • 1.12. GOING HOME
  • 1.13. THREE RINGS
  • 1.14. HOW DID YOU KNOW?
  • 1.15. THEN WE WALK
  • 1.16. SECRET
  • 1.17. BEST
  • 1.18. THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
  • 1.19. SHANTY TOWN
  • 1.20. EVERYTHING IS RIGHT
  • 2.1. UFO EXPERT
  • 2.2. TEARS STUPID TEARS
  • 2.3. ALWAYS
  • 2.4. THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT
  • 2.5. POSSUM HEAD
  • 2.6. FROSTY
  • 2.7. TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND
  • 2.8. I LOVE A MYSTERY
  • 2.9. 12 HOUSES
  • 2.10. HANGAR 18
  • 2.11. MAGIC KINGDOM
  • 2.12. IT'S NO WONDER
  • 2.13. FIRE IN THE SKY
  • 2.14. GOOD LUCK
  • 2.15. GATES OF GLORY
  • 2.16. EVERYONE KNOWS
  • 2.17. I HEARD HER CALL MY NAME
  • 2.18. EYE OF THE HURRICANE
  • 3.1. DRUM STRAIGHT
  • 3.2. TRUE BELIEVERS
  • 3.3. WELL
  • 3.4. DARK NIGHT
  • 3.5. PART OF MY PLAN
  • 3.6. VAMPIRE
  • 3.7. LUCKY ONES
  • 3.8. VAST CONTINENT
  • 3.9. GUESS AGAIN
  • 3.10. BLACK FRUIT
  • 3.11. SLEEP TALK
  • 3.12. SMILE
  • 3.13. LUCKY TOWN