Greatest Hits (Half Japanese album)

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Greatest Hits
HalfJapanese-GreatestHitscover.jpg
Compilation album by Half Japanese
Released March 13, 1995
Genre Punk rock
Alternative rock
Label Safe House
Half Japanese chronology
Boo! Live in Europe 1992
(1994)
Greatest Hits
(1995)
Hot
(1995)

Greatest Hits is the first compilation album released by the punk rock band Half Japanese, in 1995. It includes the line ups from all albums released by the band.

History[edit]

Half Japanese's Greatest Hits, which was the band's first compilation album, was released on March 13, 1995,[1] after more than twenty years of activity as a band.[2] By the time it came out, the band had gained an international fan base[1] and it had already released thirteen studio albums; since the release of the compilation, there have been three more.[3] Half Japanese later released two more compilation albums.[4]

Music[edit]

Greatest Hits is two discs and has at least one song from each album: from 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts, with the band's original set, to Boo! Live in Europe 1992.[1] The album features notable guests such as John Zorn and Eugene Chadbourne.[5]

There are strong differences in the styles as well as the sound fidelity between the songs.[1] It is possible to find noise and electronic tracks, such as the ones from 1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts; punk rock songs, like those from Charmed Life; experimental songs, such as those from The Band That Would Be King as well as more straightforward rock from other releases.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (Favourable) link

Ned Raggett from Allmusic gave the album 4.5 stars of 5 calling it the best way to start with Half Japanese given the scattered discography of the band. He praised the songs "King Kong", "Amazing Clock" and "Identical Twins" as well as "How to Play Guitar", which, according to him, makes for a great final touch.[1]

The album was included in Blender's top 100 indie rock albums, where it was called "undeniably difficult and triumphantly messy".[6]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

All lyrics written by Jad Fair except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Firecracker" Jad Fair 2:42
2. "Daytona Beach" Fair 1:47
3. "Said and Done" Fair 2:52
4. "Dance When I Say Dance" Fair 1:47
5. "Postcard from Far Away" Fair 1:42
6. "The Worst I'd Ever Do" Fair 0:43
7. "Horseshoes" Fair 2:12
8. "Open/Close Your Eyes" Fair 1:10
9. "This Could Be the Night" Fair 4:39
10. "Put Some Sugar on It" Fair 2:50
11. "Calling All Girls" Fair 1:01
12. "La Bamba" Traditional 1:56
13. "Love at First Sight" Fair 2:44
14. "Rub Every Muscle" Fair 1:45
15. "Silver and Katherine" Fair 3:13
16. "My Sordid Past" Fair 1:30
17. "Ride, Ride, Ride" Fair 0:32
18. "Day and Night" Fair 2:52
19. "Last Straw" Fair 1:22
20. "Nicole" Fair 4:30
21. "Miracles Happen Every Day" Fair 2:16
22. "U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums" Fair 1:08
23. "School of Love" Fair 1:09
24. "Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)" Jimmie Rodgers 8:23
25. "Colleen" Fair 2:33
26. "Red Dress" Fair 2:15
27. "Charmed Life" Fair 1:46
28. "Rosemary's Baby" Fair 1:32
29. "I Know How It Feels... Bad" Fair 2:38
30. "Roman Candles" Fair 2:20
31. "Dream Date" Fair 1:45

Disc two[edit]

All lyrics written by Jad Fair except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Movin' on Up" Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert "Throb" Young 2:17
2. "No More Beatle Mania" David and Jad Fair 1:53
3. "How Did You Know?" Fair 1:34
4. "Penny in the Fountain" Fair 1:59
5. "King Kong" Daniel Johnston 3:29
6. "Secret" Fair 2:16
7. "B./C. Millionaires (Bogue Millionaires/ Cool Millionaires)" Fair 2:14
8. "Amazing Clock" Fair 2:44
9. "Thick and Thin" Fair 1:13
10. "1,000,000 Kisses" Fair 1:55
11. "Little Records" Fair 1:20
12. "Big Mistake" Fair 1:26
13. "No Direct Line from My Brain to My Heart" Fair 2:01
14. "The House I Live In" Fair 1:02
15. "UFO Expert" Fair 1:11
16. "Identical Twins" Fair 0:39
17. "Double Trouble" Fair 2:04
18. "Evidence" Fair 2:05
19. "Stripping for Cash" Fair 1:22
20. "On the One Hand" Fair 3:28
21. "Snake Line" Fair 2:07
22. "Too Much Adrenaline" Fair 1:28
23. "Trouble in the Water" Fair 3:00
24. "Ball 'n' Chain" Big Mama Thornton 3:03
25. "Her Parents Came Home" Fair 1:02
26. "Deadly Alien Spawn" Fair 2:39
27. "Ancient Life" Fair 1:36
28. "Poetic License" Fair 2:10
29. "Uncertain Feelings" Fair 2:10
30. "Something New..." Fair 1:16
31. "Fire to Burn" Fair 2:33
32. "Acupuncture" Fair 2:16
33. "Salt & Pepper" Fair 1:58
34. "Guitar Solo" Fair 0:43
35. "A Little Bit More" Fair 1:35
36. "Mono" Fair 0:20
37. "Better Than Before" Fair 1:26
38. "Everything Is Right?" Don Fleming 2:46

Personnel[edit]

The people involved in the album are from the band's different line ups:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Raggett, Ned. "Half Japanese - Greatest Hits". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Half Japanese". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Half Japanese main albums". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Half Japanese compilation albums". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Half Japanese - Greatest Hits (credits)". Allmusic. Retrieved September 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ Jon Dolan, Josh Eells, Will Hermes, Jonah Weiner and Douglas Wolk. "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever — #100 to #91". Blender. Retrieved September 20, 2008.