Half Japanese Volume Four: 1997-2001 on Limited Edition 3LP Box Set
Final Volume of Fire Records' Half Japenese Box Set Series Focuses on the Band's Releases from the Late-90s and Early-00s!
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 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 final volume of the four-part Half Japanese box set series Volume 4: 1997-2001 – includes the albums Bone Head, Heaven Sent and Hello. Showcasing a range of experimental pop smarts and noisy punk bite, these albums see the band surrounding Jad Fair's musings on subjects from hopeless monsters to hopeless romantics with everything from sharp melodies to 64 minute work outs, with a Primal Scream cover thrown in there for good measure.
Fire's colossal Half Japanese series began in 2014 with 1/2 Gentleman/Not Beasts and this triple offering brings the release full circle with the last of the set. Heaven Sent is made available on vinyl for the first time, with the title track originally over an hour long, a special edit brings over 30 minutes to the LP release. High-quality downloads are also included along with the original artwork from Fair.