Fire Records to reissue debut from Half Japanese for Record Store Day

Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts
Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts

Fire Records are due to reissue the ultra-rare debut from Half Japanese, Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts on a limited run of 1000 copies for Record Store Day (20 April 2013).

The box set contains a whole extra LP of material not released on this format, as well as a fold out A3 poster, 32 page booklet and download card. A 3xCD version will also be available containing a whole CD of extra material.

Listen to this previously unreleased track “Fool’s Paradise” here.

In 1974 Jad Fair, along with his brother David, co-founded the lo-fi alternative rock group Half Japanese. Over the ensuing three decades, Half Japanese released fourteen albums (which are all due to be reissued on Fire Records throughout 2013), and in the process, attracted a solid base of fans passionate about the band’s pure, unbridled enthusiasm for rock and roll.

Fire’s reissue series begins with Half Japanese’s first album Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts, a collection of the Fair brothers earliest home recordings, originally released as a homemade three LP box set. These stretch their DIY, lo-fi ethos to the limits featuring sound experiments cobbled together from guitar noise, electronics and odd effects, whilst throwing in some barely recognizable covers (such as tracks by The Temptations, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan).

Over the years Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts became something of a cult legend, partly helped by it’s scarcity and foreshadowed much of the lo-fi movement of early 90s indie rock.

In 1995, Rolling Stone magazine chose the Half Japanese album “Half Gentlemen / Not Beasts” as one of the top 100 most influential Alternative albums and Spin Magazine’s Alternative Record Guide states; “Half Japanese assumed it was the greatest Rock and Roll band on the planet. It was often right.”

Fire’s reissue will feature new packaging, artwork, liner notes and design by Jad and David Fair as well as never released extra tracks. The CD package will include three discs and there will be four LPs in the vinyl version. This rare and much sought after treasure will now be available for all to enjoy and for fans to relish.


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