Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Half Japanese
     
 

As Byron Coley says in his entertaining piece in the liner notes, "They have no hits by standards that Howard Cosell would appreciate." But by the time Greatest Hits came out, Half Japanese had gained an international fan base, released more records than many well-known bands have ever done, and had Kurt Cobain singing theirSee more details below

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As Byron Coley says in his entertaining piece in the liner notes, "They have no hits by standards that Howard Cosell would appreciate." But by the time Greatest Hits came out, Half Japanese had gained an international fan base, released more records than many well-known bands have ever done, and had Kurt Cobain singing their praises. So even if the title is curious, the impulse behind the collection isn't and, given the scattered discography of the band, Greatest Hits is the perfect place for a neophyte to take the plunge. Two discs packed to the brim with Jad Fair and company's particular rock & roll vision means a lot of listening, but there's no pretense at any one way to give the release an ear -- there's no chronological order, just a slew of songs that one can dip in and out of at leisure. Pretty much every album up to that point is represented at least once, from the original 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts set to 1992's Boo! and, while lineups and fidelity fluctuates wildly, not to mention the particular styles tried out, it's all clearly one particular approach at heart. Jad Fair's love-it-or-hate-it voice (and sometimes David Fair's more conventional approach) tackles everything from "My Sordid Past" to "Salt and Pepper" and back again, and his fluctuating crew keeps everything a ragged delight. For the hardcore, five otherwise unreleased tracks do surface. A cover of Jimmie Rodgers' "T for Texas" features Eugene Chadbourne as a duet partner, while the on-the-face-of-it surprising 1993 remake of Primal Scream's "Movin' on Up" becomes an enjoyable rave-up in the band's own garage-y way. "King Kong" makes for an amusing biography of said character, while "Amazing Clock" and "Identical Twins" are also enjoyable. David Fair's enjoyable and encouraging essay "How to Play Guitar" makes for a great final touch.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/1995
Label:
Safehouse Records
UPC:
0054895211829
catalogNumber:
2118
Rank:
46745

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Firecracker
  2. Daytona Beach
  3. Said and Done
  4. Dance When I Say Dance
  5. Postcard from Far Away
  6. The Worst I'd Ever Do
  7. Horseshoes
  8. Open/Close Your Eyes
  9. This Could Be the Night
  10. Put Some Sugar on It
  11. Calling All Girls
  12. La Bamba
  13. Love at First Sight
  14. Rub Every Muscle
  15. Silver and Katherine
  16. My Sordid Past
  17. Ride, Ride, Ride
  18. Day and Night
  19. Last Straw
  20. Nicole
  21. Miracles Happen Every Day
  22. U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums
  23. School of Love
  24. T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)
  25. Colleen
  26. Red Dress
  27. Charmed Life
  28. Rosemary's Baby
  29. I Know How It Feels...Bad
  30. Roman Candles
  31. Dream Date

Disc 2

  1. Movin' on Up
  2. No More Beatle Mania
  3. How Did You Know?
  4. Penny in the Fountain
  5. King Kong
  6. Secret
  7. B./C. Millionaires
  8. Amazing Clock
  9. Thick and Thin
  10. 1,000,000 Kisses
  11. Big Mistake
  12. Little Records
  13. No Direct Line from My Brain to My Heart
  14. The House I Live In
  15. UFO Expert
  16. Identical Twins
  17. Double Trouble
  18. Evidence
  19. Stripping for Cash
  20. On the One Hand
  21. Snake Line
  22. Too Much Adrenaline
  23. Trouble in the Water
  24. Ball and Chain
  25. Her Parents Came Home
  26. Deadly Alien Spawn
  27. Ancient Life
  28. Poetic License
  29. Uncertain Feelings
  30. Something New...
  31. Fire to Burn
  32. Acupuncture
  33. Salt & Pepper
  34. Guitar Solo
  35. A Little Bit More
  36. Mono
  37. Better Than Before
  38. Everything Is Right?

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Half Japanese   Primary Artist
Eugene Chadbourne   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Maureen Tucker   Drums
Gary Windo   Saxophone
Kramer   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Rebby Sharp   Guitar
Jad Fair   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Lisa Mednick   Keyboards
Terry Adams   Piano
Pippin Barnett   Drums
Hank Beckmeyer   Bass,Guitar
George Cartwright   Saxophone
David Doris   Saxophone
John Dreyfuss   Saxophone
Rick Dreyfuss   Drums
David Fair   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Fred Frith   Guitar
Don Fleming   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Hobbs   Guitar
Scott Jarvis   Drums
David Licht   Conga
John Sluggett   Guitar
Jay Spiegel   Drums
John Zorn   Saxophone
Joe Martinelli   Drums
Tim Foljahn   Guitar
Rob Kennedy   Bass
Howard Wuelfing   Bass
Mark Jickling   Guitar
Danny Finney   Saxophone
Gilles V. Rieder   Drums
Lana Zabko   Saxophone
Jason Willett   Bass
Richard Labrie   Drums
Steve Johnson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Eugene Chadbourne   Contributor
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Maureen Tucker   Producer
Half Japanese   Producer
Kramer   Producer
Jad Fair   Composer,Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Hank Beckmeyer   Producer
David Fair   Composer,Liner Notes
Bobby Gillespie   Composer
Andrew Innes   Composer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Don Zientara   Producer
Eppo Krol   Producer
Gilles V. Rieder   Producer
Byron Coley   Liner Notes
Robert Young   Composer
Luis Martínez Serrano   Composer

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