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Greatest Hits [Half Japanese] [CD Boxset] [2 discs]

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Firecracker
    2. Daytona Beach
    3. Said and Done
    4. Dance When I Say Dance
    5. Postcard from Far Away
    6. Worst I'd Ever Do, The
    7. Horseshoes
    8. Open/Close Your Eyes
    9. This Could Be the Night
    10. Put Some Sugar on It
    11. Calling All Girls
    12. Bamba, La
    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
    0. 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. House I Live In, The
    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. Little Bit More, A
    36. Mono
    37. Better Than Before
    38. Everything Is Right?
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2118

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Zientara; Eppo Krol; Gilles V. Rieder; Hank Beckmeyer; Half Japanese; Jad Fair; Maureen Tucker; Kramer

    Includes liner notes by Byron Coley.
    Contains 68 tracks.
    Personnel: Eugene Chadbourne, Jad Fair (vocals, guitar, harmonica); David Fair (vocals, guitar, percussion); Don Fleming (vocals, guitar); Kramer (guitar, organ, keyboards); Steve Johnson , Hank Beckmeyer, John Sluggett, Rebby Sharp, Tim Foljahn, Fred Frith, Mark Jickling, Mick Hobbs (guitar); Lana Zabko, Danny Finney, Gary Windo, George Cartwright, David Doris, John Dreyfuss, John Zorn (saxophone); Terry Adams (piano); Lisa Mednick (keyboards); Richard Labrie, Gilles V. Rieder, Rick Dreyfuss, Joe Martinelli, Scott Jarvis, Maureen Tucker, Pippin Barnett, Jay Spiegel (drums); David Licht (congas).
    Liner Note Authors: David Fair; Byron Coley.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Eugene Chadbourne.
    Half Japanese never had any hits (in the generally perceived meaning of the word). However, their exuberant and joyful music worships at the eternal altar of rock & roll. Their untarnished belief in the power of music has earned them the right to call these sixty-nine songs (spread over two discs) GREATEST HITS. There are early home recorded odes to monsters and girls as recorded by the brothers Jad and David Fair. There's the early expanded line-up (two saxophonists hopped on board, and occasionally two drummers as well) performing songs about monsters and girls. And there's the later period of relative polish and shine, which offered crisper takes of songs about monsters and girls. With their multitude of releases (as well as the equally vast offerings by Jad Fair), this set is the perfect introduction to their expansive and compelling oeuvre. Half Japanese are a world unto themselves and this is the door to enter by.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (3/17/95, p.90) - "...In this 18-year, 68 song retrospective, [Jad Fair]--along with a guest lineup that includes saxist John Zorn and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker--explores his twin obsessions: puppy love and monster flicks. Somewhat rough on the ears, but undeniably easy on the heart..." - Rating: A-
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