Half Japanese Volume 2: 1987-1989 on 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