Thursday, March 19, 2009

Half Japanese - Everybody Knows (1991) Cd single

Few of punk rock's founding fathers could have anticipated the extreme to which Half Japanese took the music's do-it-yourself ethos. Founded by brothers Jad and David Fair, Half Japanese was quite probably the most amateurish rock band to make a record since the Shaggs, all but ignoring musical basics like chords, rhythms, and melody. However, the brothers made that approach into a guiding aesthetic, steadfastly refusing to progress in their primitive musicianship over a career that lasted decades. David Fair's article "How to Play Guitar" outlined the Half Japanese philosophy: if you rejected conventional ideas about fingering, tuning, and even stringing a guitar, there were no limits on how you could express yourself on what was, after all, your instrument. The band's proponents (who included Kurt Cobain) saw them as the epitome of a pure, unbridled enthusiasm for rock & roll, the ultimate expression of punk's dictum that rock should be accessible to anyone who wanted to pick up an instrument and play.
Produced by Moe Tucker.

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  1. Hi, thought I'd say hey and thanks for taking the time to load the vinyl rips of these great EP's, LP's and 7" !!! Sad to not see allot of comment though -\ Oh well maybe I'll start something ?
    Thanks again... Mucho appreciation here !!!