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because most everything else is not well... 17 Sept. 2003
By "kitty_cat_pirate" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes 1/2 Jap can come off as cloying, but usually they're just a lot of fun. Jad Fair may not be as eccentric and childlike as he plays it, but even if that is indeed so, he plays it so WELL! The absolutely classic "U.S. Teens are Spoiled Bums" is on this platter, which is reason enough to buy it alone.
Being as this is mid-period 1/2 Jap/Jad, it's relatively accessible, if still an acquired taste. If you haven't experienced any of this band's catalog, this wouldn't be a bad place to start.
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One of the 4 best HALF JAPANESE LPs/CDs they ever did 19 Dec. 2004
By Chris bct - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Update 2012: There are two versions of this cd, one with 13 extra trax, that is 36 songs, versus what this one appears to be, the 23 song version. I have the 36 song version and you can distinctly tell why the 13 added songs were not on the original release. The first 23 songs run like a greatest hits of Half Japanese. Just stunning. If you like HJ at all you must get this record. However, the 13 added songs are clearly a notch less in quality. There's an additional version of Silver and Katherine that basically is the version without sax. And, believe me, the version with sax, well, it's the sax that really elevates this from a good song to a classic great one. It appears the CD listed here is the version with no bonus trax based on the picture. If you want the one with extra tracks, maybe contact the seller to see if they can tell you which it is. 2004 review: These guys know how to make hits. They just will probably never be palatable to commercial radio. They did a hits 3xLP/2xCD and the liner notes guy said, "What hits?" Amongst us HJ fans, we can sure pick 'em out. And, to me, this album is one of the few I've ever heard where every song is a winner. Course, keep in mind that most folks likely would be put off either by his quirky vocals, heck, he talks most of the time, maybe a bit sing songy, but only rarely even sings on the songs.

This is not even close to bein' your regular rock or regular punk or hardcore. It's truely in its own catagory. Their musical approach is to not struggle to match each other as they play the song, meerly to be in the same general ball park through the song. I still can't tell if they just say, "Ok here's the general thing of this song, do whatchu wanna do and we'll see what it sounds like when we're done recording it." Of if this is very calculated and they map out that each instrument will sound this way for this song. Whatever they do their albums are always interesting and always have at least some good songs. However, this one is one of those very few albums where every single song is a joy to hear, bearing in mind the above provisos.

I'm just thankful they do not appear to give a hoot how commercial they are. I believe they're just like almost every punk band I've ever run across: they do it cuz they love it and let the chips fall where they may. It's possible that they release so many albums over the years that somebody in that band or even all of them may be able to pay their bills from bein' in the band. My guess is some or all of them have some kinda day job thing goin' like most punk bands do. I'm not sure what it means that they've released about a dozen albums and they're come out on maybe 8 different labels. My guess is that means they're not financially lucrative but that indie labels keep enjoying releasing their stuff cuz there's lots of such labels who, just like so many punk/indie bands, they do it for the love of it. The beauty of the Internet is you can take a little musical taste. If you haven't heard these guys, I highly recommend you do cuz yer likely to either find you really dig them or can't stand them. And if you do like 'em this is the album to get along with The Band Who Would Be King, Charmed Life and Sing No Evil. Course, you can't go wrong with the Greatest Hits 2xCD either. Yup. chrisbct@hotmail.com
Great album 24 Jan. 2014
By Christine Rosemary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album for one song "Diary" I first heard that song on an alternative radio station. Reminds me of my Ex.

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1/2 Japanese at their best! 19 Dec. 2014
By P. Aaron Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just buy this disc...if you can find it.
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