Bone Head

Half Japanese


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1995, Alternative Tentacles

On Bone Head, Half Japanese continues with their formula of quirky guitar riffs mixed with Jad Fair's offbeat lyrics and vocals. Early on, the album includes a wealth of references to the strange and bizarre, including Frankenstein on A Night Like This and Sometimes. The band's musical approach is unconventional and Fair's vocals remain wonderfully unusual, stuck in the punkish style of letting it all hang out despite vocal limitations. Fair's lyrics remain light and optimistic, especially on tracks like Song of Joy, Kiss Me Like a Frog, and Celebration. Mostly, though, the music is edgy and goofy in an utterly original way. On Rhumba, a flurry of eccentric sounds creates a wonderfully cerebral instrumental, which is followed by the frantic Intergalactic Aliens. The band is at the top of their game on the sequence of Now I Know, Brand New Sky, and Should I?, with Fair's nasally tinged vocals dancing on top of the band's thoughtful and often freewheeling instrumentation. An alternate version of Song of Joy follows. The album ends with a cover of Primal Scream's Movin' on Up. The trio also includes guitarist John Sluggett and drummer Gilles Reider. Tim Foljahn of Two Dollar Guitar and Steve Petter guest on some songs. The album was recorded in Switzerland and was released by Alternative Tentacles Records in early 1997. ~ Stephen Cramer, All Music Guide

Tracklisting

Disc 1
1 Monkey Hand PLAY
2 A Night Like This PLAY
3 Sometimes PLAY
4 Zombie Eye PLAY
5 Song Of Joy PLAY
6 Oww PLAY
7 Do It PLAY
8 He Walks Among Us PLAY
9 Diamonds And... PLAY
10 Kiss Me Like A Frog PLAY
11 Rhumba PLAY
12 Intergalactic Aliens PLAY
13 Celebration PLAY
14 C'mon Baby PLAY
15 Somehow I Knew PLAY
16 Now I Know PLAY
17 Brand New Sky PLAY
18 Should I? PLAY
19 Song Of Joy PLAY
20 Futuristic Lovers PLAY
21 Movin' On Up PLAY


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