1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts

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1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts
Half Gentlemen-Not Beasts.jpg
Studio album by Half Japanese
Released 1980
Recorded 1977 — 1979
Genre Punk rock, noise rock, no wave, lo-fi
Length 132:42
Label Armageddon; T.E.C. Tones; Fire Records (UK)
Half Japanese chronology
1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts
(1980)
Loud
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork (9.2/10)[1]

1/2 Gentlemen/Not Beasts is the first triple record by the rock group Half Japanese. Originally released in 1980, it was re-released in 1992 on CD on T.E.C. Tones with additional material. Fire Records (UK) reissued it again in 2013 on three-CD and four-LP sets on Record Store Day 2013 with further additional material, limited to 1000 copies in each format.

Style[edit]

The music has a sound more raw than garage rock, and has a very low fidelity recording. Most of the songs are originals with covers of a few of the band's influences interspersed. Most tracks are very loud and have an almost No Wave sound, though some tracks are very meditative Krautrock influenced instrumentals.

Legacy[edit]

They have played with many important artists of the experimental or alternative persuasion, such as Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Daniel Johnston has made a record with Half Japanese's vocalist, Jad Fair.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David and Jad Fair, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "No Direct Line From My Brain to My Heart" 2:00
2. "10th Ave. Freezeout" (Bruce Springsteen) 1:49
3. "Ta Sheri Ta Ta" 4:32
4. "My Girlfriend Lives Like a Beatnik" 1:04
5. "Her Parents Come Home" 0:58
6. "Shhh / Shhh / Shhh" 2:12
7. "Girls Like That" 2:12
8. "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" 1:26
9. "No More Beatle Mania" 1:52
10. "Tangled Up in Blue" (Bob Dylan) 3:44
11. "Patti Smith" 2:22
12. "School of Love" 1:07
13. "Jodi Foster" 2:15
14. "Shy Around Girls" 1:36
15. "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" 2:24
16. "Bogue Millionaires / Cool Millionaires" 2:10
17. "Tn Tn Tn Tn Ki" 3:10
18. "I Can't Stand It Any More" (Lou Reed) 2:23
19. "I Love Oriental Girls" 1:44
20. "Dream Date" 1:32
21. "Du Du Du / Du Du Du" 7:22
22. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (The Temptations) 1:10
23. "Ann Arbor. MI." 0:32
24. "I'm Going to the Zoo" 1:13
25. "Shi Yi Yi" 0:58
26. "Rave On" (Sonny West) 1:42
27. "I Ta Nasi Si Na Mi Eee" 1:02
28. "Till Victory" 2:16
29. "Rip My Shirt to Shreds" 0:19
30. "I Don't Want to Have Mono No More" 1:40
31. "She Cracked" (The Modern Lovers) 1:57
32. "Bbbbbbbb/ Bbbbbbbbb" 1:36
33. "Funky Broadway Medley" (incl. "Funky Broadway" by Dyke and the Blazers, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown and "Got My Mojo Working" by Ann Cole and the Suburbans) 4:12
34. "I'm Sorry" 1:36
35. "T / T / T / T / T / T" 6:43
36. "The Worst I'd Ever Do" 0:43
37. "Live in Baltimore MD" (incl. "Caroline Says" by Lou Reed, "Lisa Says" by Lou Reed, "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles, "10th Ave. Freezeout" by Bruce Springsteen, "You're Gonna Miss Me" by 13th Floor Elevators, "I'm Going to the Zoo", "Femme Fatale" by The Velvet Underground, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt", "Wake Up Sleepyheads" by The Modern Lovers, "She Cracked" by The Modern Lovers, "Foggy Notion" by The Velvet Underground, "Farmer John, "Funtime" by Iggy Pop, "No Fun" by The Stooges, "Little Doll" by The Stooges, "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees, "Fun, Fun, Fun" by The Beach Boys, "Md. Girls (California Girls)" by The Beach Boys, "Shakin' Street" by MC5, "School of Love," "Patti Smith," "Battle of the Bands," "Mono," "Rip My Shirt to Shreds," "Oriental Girls," "Her Parents Came Home," "Rock & Roll Nurse" by Bo Diddley, "My Generation" by The Who, "Rock & Roll Heart" by Lou Reed) 20:19
38. "Live in Washington DC" (incl. "Who Do You Love?" by Bo Diddley, "Rocket Reducer No. 62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)" by MC5, "You're Gonna Miss Me" by 13th Floor Elevators, "Live with Me" by The Rolling Stones, "Bogue Millionaires / Cool Millionaires," "Tangled Up in Blue" by Bob Dylan, "Femme Fatale" by The Velvet Underground, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt," "Almost Grown" by Chuck Berry, "College Psychology on Love" by Armand Schaubroeck Steals and "Nadine" by Chuck Berry) 18:16
1992 T.E.C. Tones CD reissue
No. Title Length
39. "Battle of the Bands" 1:59
40. "Worst I'd Ever Do" 0:42
41. "Ann Arbor, MI" 0:53
42. "School of Love" 1:31
43. "Her Parents Came Home" 0:56
44. "Shy Around Girls" 1:10
45. "Dream Date" 1:43
46. "Bogue Millionaires / Cool Millionaires" 3:29
47. "Knock on Wood" 1:43
48. "Top Secret" 0:47
49. "Guitar Solo" 0:41
50. "Calling All Girls" 1:04
2013 Fire Records reissue
No. Title Length
51. "Fool's Paradise" 1:22
52. "Don't You Know That" 1:29
53. "Foggy Notion" 3:19
54. "If You're So Smart" 1:16
55. "Interview" 2:11
56. "Wildman" 1:24
57. "Lo and Behold" 2:26
58. "UFO" 0:48
59. "Anything I Can Do" 0:59
60. "Hey Romeo" 1:05
61. "10th Ave. Freezeout" (Bruce Springsteen) 1:48
62. "Downdududown" 0:34
63. "Man of Mystery" 1:30
64. "One More Day" 2:11
65. "Nobody" 0:53
66. "Stooges Medley" (incl. "Funtime," "T.V. Eye," "Down On the Street," "Loose," "No Fun," "Not Right" and "Dirt." Written by David Alexander, Ronald Asheton, Scott Asheton, David Robert Jones, James Osterberg) 3:41
67. "Wild Party" 3:03
68. "Babylon" 2:38

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Masters, Mark (April 26, 2013). "Half Japanese - Half Gentlemen/Not Beasts". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 28, 2013.