Half Japanese Our Solar System

Fire Records
20th April 2024

Format Info

140g Black Vinyl LP

1000 copies pressed. 40th anniversary edition of ‘Our Solar System’, Jad and David Fair’s third studio album as Half Japanese. Originally released in 1984, ‘Our Solar System’ is a wild and chaotic outsider take on the history of pop music. Including their suitably avant-garde renditions of The 13th Floor Elevators’ ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’, The Velvet Underground’s ‘European Son’, Buddy Holly’s ‘Because I Love You’ which is preceded by their own ‘Girl Athletes’ powered by a reverbed Bo Diddley rhythm.  A bravura performance of detuned excitement, 40 minutes of beautiful at times frantic disorder. Filled with guitar and sax arm wrestling and bizarre sidesteps including a fuzzy take on Grieg’s ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’ which devolves into the standard ‘Louie Louie’ plus a jittering version of Bobby Lord’s ‘Did You Miss Me’. “A prime example of lo-fi garage exuberance full of romance, confidence, and verve.” AllMusic. Tracklisting: A1 Dance When I Say Dance A2 Girl Athletes A3 Because I Love You A4 Danger Danger Rachel Lang A5 E.S.P. A6 Classical Music A7 You’re Gonna Miss Me A8 Little Girls Have To Be Home Early A9 Too Much Adrenalin B1 Fire To Burn B2 Rhonda B3 Electricity Respect B4 Knocked Down On The Dancefloor B5 European Son B6 There’s A Girl B7 Hall Of The Mountain King/Louie Louie B8 Young Hearts Break B9 Did You Miss Me B10 Thing With A Hook

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