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Half Japanese Volume 2: 1987-1989

(Limited Edition Vinyl 3LP Box Set)

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Half Japanese Volume 2: 1987-1989 on Limited Edition 3LP Box Set + Download

Formed in 1975, this US group has undergone numerous personnel changes since its inception. Despite an erratic history, the unit remains an important outlet for the considerable but anachronistic talents of Jad Fair, who has also pursued a musically indistinguishable solo career. Half Japanese performances were events in the truest sense, often featuring two sets of drums, brass bands, magicians and up to four guitars. 

Half Japanese's body of work taken as a whole represents an almost inconceivable playground of diversity and experimentation. However, it should not be a roll-call of distinguished colleagues that provides Jad Fair and Half Japanese with their notoriety, but the stature of their music and lyrics, which have played a large part in shaping the development of the American underground rock scene (influencing artists such as Beck, Sebadoh and Nirvana.)

The Fire Records Half Japanese reissue series continues with the second volume - covering the three releases of Music to Strip By, Charmed Life and The Band That Would Be King - issued one a year from 1987 to 1989. Following the 2014 release of Volume 1: 1981-1985, the next three Half Japanese records come in their original release form, with the additional tracks that were later added to the CD releases over the years available via download code. The LPs are wrapped together in a heavy wide spine outer sleeve with a specially designed paper cut image by Jad Fair, who also provides more illustrations throughout the booklet, with words by David Fair.

"Half Japanese assumed it was the greatest Rock and Roll band on the planet. It was often right." - SPIN 




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Half Japanese Volume 2: 1987-1989 Box Set Contents:  

LP1 - Music to Strip By 
1.  Stripping for Cash
2.  Thick and Thin
3.  Diary
4.  Big Mistake
5.  Hot Dog and Hot Damn
6.  The Price Was Right But The Door Was Wrong
7.  Blue Monday
8.  U.S. Teens are Spoiled Bums
9.  Point / Counterpoint
10. Sex At Your Parent's House
11. The Last Straw
12. Gator Bait
13. La Bamba
14. Colleen
15. Ouija Board Summons Satan
16. You Must Obey Me
17. Salt and Pepper
18. Ancient Life
19. Silver and Katherine
20. Money To Burn
21. Hidden Charms
22. My Sordid Past

LP2 - Charmed Life
1.  Said and Done
2.  Penny In The Fountain
3.  Evidence
4.  Vietnam
5.  Roman Candles
6.  Love At First Sight
7.  Snake Line
8.  Bright Lights, Big City
9.  Face Rake
10. Later In A Magazine
11. Red Dress
12. Trouble In The Water
13. Charmed Life
14. Day And Night
15. One Million Kisses
16. Miracles Happen Every Day
17. Terminator
18. I'll Change My Style
19. Fortunate
20. Real Cool Time
21. Poetic License

LP3 - The Band That Would Be King
1.  Open Your Eyes/Close Your Eyes
2.  Daytona Beach
3.  Lucky Star
4.  Some Things Last A Long time
5.  My Most Embarrassing Moment
6.  Buried Treasure
7.  Open Book 
8.  Little Records
9.  Deadly Alien Spawn
10. Postcard From Far Away
11. Ventriloquism Made Easy
12. Something in the Wind
13. Bingo's Not His Name-o
14. Put Some Sugar On It
15. What More Can I Do?
16. Brand New Moon
17. Another World
18. Every Word Is True
19. I Live For Love
20. Werewolf
21. Ride Ride Ride
22. Sugarcane
23. I Wish I May
24. Ashes On The Ground
25. Curse of the Doll People
26. Horseshoes
27. Bluebirds

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