Beautiful Songs (The Best Of Jad Fair)

Jad Fair

7th February 2011 - Album - FIRECD138

Fire Records brings you a triple CD featuring over 100 of the best songs spanning the career of the legendary Jad Fair and his band Half Japanese. This comprehensive ‘Best Of’ compilation also includes liner notes written by Everett True.

£10.00

“Jad Fair is the godfather of minimalist monster art rock – a gentleman and a beast.” Edwin Pouncey, The Wire.

Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the ‘Monster songs and love songs’, “I do have other songs that aren’t monster songs or love songs” explains Jad, “but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums – so it’s not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It’s supposed to be an overview of everything I’ve done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us “I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius…maybe it’s wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he’s doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there’s no higher compliment, I’ve seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I’ve also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion – with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact – in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their fi¬nal tour.

Released at the same time as Jad’s new album ‘His Name Itself Is Music’, ‘Beautiful Songs (the Best Of Jad Fair) is the perfect complement to a prolific and imaginative artist who’s gifts keep on giving.

Tracklist

1. All The Angels Said Go To Her
2. A Real Mix Up
3. Go Go Go
4. True Love Will Find You In The End
5. Principal Punishes Students With Bad Impressions
6. Do You Have A Friend?
7. School Of Love
8. Big Boots
9. I Know How It Feels...
10. Smile Pretende
11. Frankenstein Meets Wolfman
12. On The Town
13. If I'd Only Known
14. Song Of Joy
15. She Went Downtown
16. Lifted
17. Postcard From Far Away
18. Amnesia
19. 1,000,000,000 Kisses
20. Beverly
21. Sticky Cotton Candy Dress
22. Until Now
23. Girl Trouble
24. Firecracker
25. Fish
26. Don't Hang Up
27. Amy You Went Away
28. Ride Ride Ride
29. Lucky
30. This Time
31. You Do That
32. Honey Bee
33. Open Your Eyes / Close Your
34. Diamonds And Rubies
35. Shy Around Girls
36. U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums
37. Cinnamon Roll
38. I'm Gona Come Back To You
39. This Could Be The Night
40. Apples And Strawberries
41. Vampire
42. Tarzan Escapes
43. A Great Big Tiger
44. I Comb My Hair With My Hand
45. Dead Men Walks
46. True Believers
47. We're Gonna Have A Party
48. Sex At Your Parents' House
49. Hillbillies
50. Miracles Happen Every Day
51. Headless Horseman
52. Absolute Pure
53. Better Than Before
54. Mule
55. Dreamy Eyes
56. Angela
57. If He Says He Did
58. Blue Horizon
59. The Only One Left
60. Daytona Beach
61. Thing With The Atomic Brain
62. XXOO
63. Pajamas
64. Want To Live
65. Blessed By Angels
66. It Walks At Night
67. Sweet Soda Pop
68. Penny In The Fountain
69. Me And The Boys
70. The Wrong Man
71. Robot
72. Our Love Has Come
73. A Little Bit More
74. Brigham's Coffee Shop
75. The Invisible Ray
76 .Charmed Life
77. You Must Obey Me
78. The Zombies Of Mora-Tau
79. Outlaw Blues
80. Eyes On The Road
81. Circus Strongman Runs For PTA
82. Twist And Shout
83. Silver And Katherine
84. Ask Me About Vampires
85. Snake On My Head
86. Lonely Song
87. The Beast With A Million Eyes
88. Love And Comfort
89. OK
90. Loony Take Me Home
91. Everything Is Right
92. Eat That Cake
93. Goin Hog Wild
94. Ship Ahoy
95. Stationary
96. AOK
97. Starry Eyes
98. Put Some Sugar On It
99. A Certain Smile
100. Pearl Earrings
101. Patty
102. She Can't See Me
103. Star Power
104. Frankenstein Must Die
105. Checkers
106. Stand Up
107. Mothership Singapore
108. Red Dress
109. Monster Island

Description

“Jad Fair is the godfather of minimalist monster art rock – a gentleman and a beast.” Edwin Pouncey, The Wire.

Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the ‘Monster songs and love songs’, “I do have other songs that aren’t monster songs or love songs” explains Jad, “but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums – so it’s not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It’s supposed to be an overview of everything I’ve done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us “I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius…maybe it’s wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he’s doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there’s no higher compliment, I’ve seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I’ve also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion – with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact – in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their fi¬nal tour.

Released at the same time as Jad’s new album ‘His Name Itself Is Music’, ‘Beautiful Songs (the Best Of Jad Fair) is the perfect complement to a prolific and imaginative artist who’s gifts keep on giving.

Description

“Jad Fair is the godfather of minimalist monster art rock – a gentleman and a beast.” Edwin Pouncey, The Wire.

Fitting, as this album includes every type of song that Jad has ever dreamed, other than the ‘Monster songs and love songs’, “I do have other songs that aren’t monster songs or love songs” explains Jad, “but for the most part they are monster songs.. I wanted to have something from each of the albums – so it’s not like a dozen songs from one album, and 10 from another. It’s supposed to be an overview of everything I’ve done. So this selection of songs pretty much fits that bill. Everett True tells us “I love him for his boundless enthusiasm and shy genius…maybe it’s wrong to call Jad naive because he knows what he’s doing, but he has a child-like wonderment that to me is at the core of most great music I can name. The Shaggs, Leadbelly, Jonathan Richman. He makes my feet want to move, and there’s no higher compliment, I’ve seen Jad play concerts with a rolled-up newspaper and upturned wastebasket for rhythm, with just his voice for colour. I’ve also seen Jad play stadiums in precisely the same fashion – with a band behind him, sure, but with the spirit intact – in front of crowds of over 15,000, in support to Nirvana on their fi¬nal tour.

Released at the same time as Jad’s new album ‘His Name Itself Is Music’, ‘Beautiful Songs (the Best Of Jad Fair) is the perfect complement to a prolific and imaginative artist who’s gifts keep on giving.

Tracklist

1. All The Angels Said Go To Her
2. A Real Mix Up
3. Go Go Go
4. True Love Will Find You In The End
5. Principal Punishes Students With Bad Impressions
6. Do You Have A Friend?
7. School Of Love
8. Big Boots
9. I Know How It Feels...
10. Smile Pretende
11. Frankenstein Meets Wolfman
12. On The Town
13. If I'd Only Known
14. Song Of Joy
15. She Went Downtown
16. Lifted
17. Postcard From Far Away
18. Amnesia
19. 1,000,000,000 Kisses
20. Beverly
21. Sticky Cotton Candy Dress
22. Until Now
23. Girl Trouble
24. Firecracker
25. Fish
26. Don't Hang Up
27. Amy You Went Away
28. Ride Ride Ride
29. Lucky
30. This Time
31. You Do That
32. Honey Bee
33. Open Your Eyes / Close Your
34. Diamonds And Rubies
35. Shy Around Girls
36. U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums
37. Cinnamon Roll
38. I'm Gona Come Back To You
39. This Could Be The Night
40. Apples And Strawberries
41. Vampire
42. Tarzan Escapes
43. A Great Big Tiger
44. I Comb My Hair With My Hand
45. Dead Men Walks
46. True Believers
47. We're Gonna Have A Party
48. Sex At Your Parents' House
49. Hillbillies
50. Miracles Happen Every Day
51. Headless Horseman
52. Absolute Pure
53. Better Than Before
54. Mule
55. Dreamy Eyes
56. Angela
57. If He Says He Did
58. Blue Horizon
59. The Only One Left
60. Daytona Beach
61. Thing With The Atomic Brain
62. XXOO
63. Pajamas
64. Want To Live
65. Blessed By Angels
66. It Walks At Night
67. Sweet Soda Pop
68. Penny In The Fountain
69. Me And The Boys
70. The Wrong Man
71. Robot
72. Our Love Has Come
73. A Little Bit More
74. Brigham's Coffee Shop
75. The Invisible Ray
76 .Charmed Life
77. You Must Obey Me
78. The Zombies Of Mora-Tau
79. Outlaw Blues
80. Eyes On The Road
81. Circus Strongman Runs For PTA
82. Twist And Shout
83. Silver And Katherine
84. Ask Me About Vampires
85. Snake On My Head
86. Lonely Song
87. The Beast With A Million Eyes
88. Love And Comfort
89. OK
90. Loony Take Me Home
91. Everything Is Right
92. Eat That Cake
93. Goin Hog Wild
94. Ship Ahoy
95. Stationary
96. AOK
97. Starry Eyes
98. Put Some Sugar On It
99. A Certain Smile
100. Pearl Earrings
101. Patty
102. She Can't See Me
103. Star Power
104. Frankenstein Must Die
105. Checkers
106. Stand Up
107. Mothership Singapore
108. Red Dress
109. Monster Island

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