Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk

Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk

by Osaka Popstar

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Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk

Any serious punk fan would probably appreciate an answer to the following question: what would you get if the Ramones' Marky Ramone, former Misfit Jerry Only, the Voidoids' Ivan Julian, Black Flagger Dez Cadena, and longtime Misfits collaborator John Cafiero all got together and recorded an album in 2006? The answer is simple: an anime-themed punk concept album, complete with a DVD of animated music videos, a Topps collectable sticker card, and proof of purchase good for a Misfits LP. If this sounds silly, shticky, and over the top, that's because it is. Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk is a truly delicious project that proves punk is about spirit and delivery, not about content. The songs on this record revolve around Sailor Moon, Astro Boy, the threat of giant insects, a fear of monsters in the closet, and the tragedy of being out of Cap'n Crunch. There's also "Wicked World" -- a song by cult hero Daniel Johnston, who also sings backup on a rowdy version of the bluegrass traditional "Man of Constant Sorrow" -- but even the few tracks that don't directly reference kitschy ideas are still delivered with the same fun, rollicking exuberance. All 13 tunes are just as fast and tight as anything off of Leave Home or Walk Among Us, but what's truly remarkable is how the veterans attack the material. Each song is executed with the ease of lifelong musicianship, but the characteristic punk messiness is still there; it just emerges as an organic element of the way these guys play, rather than as a consequence of inexperience or inebriation. Enjoyment of anime and sugary breakfast cereals is not mandatory for relishing this album, but it doesn't hurt. In fact, punk fans and Otakus may find a common ground in Osaka Popstar that they never noticed before: a mutual appreciation for all things flashy, loud, and sometimes confusing. ~ Cammila Albertson

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Label: Rykodisc
UPC: 0014431086625
catalogNumber: 10866

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Osaka Popstar   Primary Artist
Jerry Only   Bass
Marky Ramone   Percussion,Drums
Dez Cadena   Guitar
John Cafiero   Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Hell   Composer
Michael Monagan   Composer
Carl Brown   Composer
Keisha Dotson   Composer
Butch Lukic   Artwork
Paul Tripp   Composer
Donald Rockwell   Composer
Tatsuo Takai   Composer
Brenda Garcia   Composer
Andy Heyward   Composer
Ray Carter   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Cafiero   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Video Producer

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