|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||lo-fi post-punk indie rock indie punk experimental experimental rock|
Formed by brothers David Fair (drums) and Jad Fair (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; vocals, guitar) in Chicago, Illinois, USA in the mid-70s, this eccentric band has undergone numerous personnel changes since its inception. Despite an erratic history, the unit remains an important outlet for the considerable but anachronistic talents of Jad Fair, who has also pursued a musically indistinguishable solo career. Half Japanese performances were events in the truest sense, often featuring two sets of drums, brass bands, magicians and up to four guitars. The most regular outside contributor was David Stansky, though all sorts of guest appearances punctuate the bands extensive recording career, Kramer (Shockabilly, Bongwater), Don Fleming (B.A.L.L. , Gumball), Fred Frith (ex-Henry Cow) and John Zorn among them.
All releases are hallmarked by Jad Fairs idiosyncratic talent, which combines the naïvety of Jonathan Richman with a love of...