In Tippex bands

The next reissue undertaking for Fire Records will go to Half Japanese, the lo-fi indie punk band launched by the prolific Jad Fair and his brother David in the mid-1970s. The label will re-release fourteen records from the band in early 2012, from 1980’s Half Gentleman/Not Beasts to 2001’s Hello. Check out “All the Angels Said Go to Her” off Hello and the recent Beautiful Songs (The Best of Jad Fair), above.

Half Japanese records were notable for their disregard of musical conventions like intonation and rhythm, and for their distinct DIY approach. The band influenced influenced the likes of Kurt Cobain, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Sebadoh, and toured with Nirvana in the early 90s. Half Japanese were also chosen by Jeff Mangum to perform at his upcoming incarnation of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.

Check out the full list of reissues, below:

01 Half Gentleman/Not Beasts
02 Loud
03 Our Solar System
04 Sing No Evil
05 Music to Strip By
06 Charmed Life
07 The Band That Would Be King
08 We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love
09 Fire in the Sky
10 Hot
11 Bone Head
12 Heaven Sent
13 Hello
14 Boo


09-11/03/2012    UK    Minehead – ATP Festival curated by Jeff Mangum


09/12/2011    CH    Zurich  – Kilbi Festival / Exil w/ Glenn Branca
10/12/2011    NL    Den Haag – State-X New Form Festival w/ Glenn Branca
08/03/2012    UK    London – Macbeth
07/04/2012    FR    Nantes – le lieu unique w/ Daniel Johnston
09/04/2012    FR    Poitiers – Le Confort Moderne w/ Daniel Johnston
11/04/2012    FR    Dijon – Kill Your Pop / Le Consortium
12/04/2012    FI    Helsinki – Kuudes Linja

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