Half Japanese – Half Japanese Volume 4: 1997-2001 – Triple CD
Formed in the mid-70s, and setting the standard for post-punk ever since, Jad and David Fair and Half Japanese return with a new volume that finds us twenty years into their story. The 90s would see them under a new spotlight as Kurt Cobain used his celebrity to tell anyone that would listen about their greatness, and had the band tour with Nirvana. They would respond with three of the most wild and varied albums in their career.
Record Store Day 2016 sees Half Japanese and Fire Records bring you the final volume of the immense box sets that focuses on releases from the late 90s and early 00s.
The final volume of the four-part Half Japanese box set series “Volume 4: 1997-2001” – includes albums “Bone Head”, “Heaven Sent” and “Hello”. Showcasing a range of experimental pop smarts and noisy punk bite, these albums see the band surrounding Jad Fair’s musings on subjects from hopeless monsters to hopeless romantics with everything from sharp melodies to 64 minute work outs, with a Primal Scream cover thrown in there for good measure.
Fire’s colossal Half Japanese series began in 2014 with the Record Store Day exclusive of ‘Half Gentleman/Not Beasts’, this year’s RSD brings the release full circle with the last of the set.
“Cutting straight to the gut. Jad’s phrasing matches surging sentiments, creating a counterpoint to the spot-on music. When they grind out a groove half-rhythmic/half-blank cadences, the woozy disconnect is oddly compelling” Pitchfork’s Best New Reissue
“This should lay to rest any questions about the importance of Half Japanese. Without them, we wouldn’t have the primitive pop of Beat Happening nor the id-bearing beauty of Daniel Johnston” Paste Magazine