Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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: 3/13/1995
  • Label: Safehouse Records
  • UPC: 054895211829
  • Catalog Number: 2118
  • Sales rank: 63,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Firecracker (2:42)
  2. 2 Daytona Beach (1:47)
  3. 3 Said and Done (2:52)
  4. 4 Dance When I Say Dance (1:47)
  5. 5 Postcard from Far Away (1:42)
  6. 6 The Worst I'd Ever Do (0:43)
  7. 7 Horseshoes (2:12)
  8. 8 Open/Close Your Eyes (1:10)
  9. 9 This Could Be the Night (4:39)
  10. 10 Put Some Sugar on It (2:50)
  11. 11 Calling All Girls (1:01)
  12. 12 La Bamba (1:56)
  13. 13 Love at First Sight (2:44)
  14. 14 Rub Every Muscle (1:45)
  15. 15 Silver and Katherine (3:13)
  16. 16 My Sordid Past (1:30)
  17. 17 Ride, Ride, Ride (0:32)
  18. 18 Day and Night (2:52)
  19. 19 Last Straw (1:22)
  20. 20 Nicole (4:30)
  21. 21 Miracles Happen Every Day (2:16)
  22. 22 U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums (1:08)
  23. 23 School of Love (1:09)
  24. 24 T for Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1) (8:23)
  25. 25 Colleen (2:33)
  26. 26 Red Dress (2:15)
  27. 27 Charmed Life (1:46)
  28. 28 Rosemary's Baby (1:32)
  29. 29 I Know How It Feels...Bad (2:38)
  30. 30 Roman Candles (2:20)
  31. 31 Dream Date (1:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Movin' on Up (2:17)
  2. 2 No More Beatle Mania (1:53)
  3. 3 How Did You Know? (1:34)
  4. 4 Penny in the Fountain (1:59)
  5. 5 King Kong (3:29)
  6. 6 Secret (2:16)
  7. 7 B./C. Millionaires (2:14)
  8. 8 Amazing Clock (2:44)
  9. 9 Thick and Thin (1:13)
  10. 10 1,000,000 Kisses (1:55)
  11. 11 Big Mistake (1:26)
  12. 12 Little Records (1:20)
  13. 13 No Direct Line from My Brain to My Heart (2:01)
  14. 14 The House I Live In (1:02)
  15. 15 UFO Expert (1:11)
  16. 16 Identical Twins (0:39)
  17. 17 Double Trouble (2:04)
  18. 18 Evidence (2:05)
  19. 19 Stripping for Cash (1:22)
  20. 20 On the One Hand (3:28)
  21. 21 Snake Line (2:07)
  22. 22 Too Much Adrenaline (1:28)
  23. 23 Trouble in the Water (3:00)
  24. 24 Ball and Chain (3:03)
  25. 25 Her Parents Came Home (1:02)
  26. 26 Deadly Alien Spawn (2:39)
  27. 27 Ancient Life (1:36)
  28. 28 Poetic License (2:10)
  29. 29 Uncertain Feelings (2:10)
  30. 30 Something New... (1:16)
  31. 31 Fire to Burn (2:33)
  32. 32 Acupuncture (2:16)
  33. 33 Salt & Pepper (1:58)
  34. 34 Guitar Solo (0:43)
  35. 35 A Little Bit More (1:35)
  36. 36 Mono (0:20)
  37. 37 Better Than Before (1:26)
  38. 38 Everything Is Right? (2:46)
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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
Earl Robinson Composer
Jad Fair Composer, Producer
Phil Spector Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Hank Beckmeyer Producer
David Fair Composer, Liner Notes
Bobby Gillespie Composer
Andrew Innes Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Ritchie Valens Composer
Don Zientara Producer
Willie Mae Thornton Composer
Eppo Krol Producer
Gilles V. Rieder Producer
Byron Coley Liner Notes
Robert Young Composer
Luis Martínez Serrano Composer
Lewis Allan Composer
H. Melka Composer
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