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5-8 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Live
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
PSF 8006CD PSF 8006CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/31/2000

"Second album from Haino's 'covers' unit, who specialize in pulling apart hoary old Japanese MOR classics and rebuilding them into single-minded masterpieces of grunting/floating garage-psychedelia. The group's debut album appeared a couple of years back on the Japanese major label Tokuma, and was doubtless missed out upon by billions still bemused by that label's mischievous foreign 'distribution' policies. Since their inception though, Aihiyo have played out around Japan roughly once a month, and this release is a document of some of those marathon, thrilling shows. Possibly the last document too, as Takahashi has since left the drum seat in favor of smoking his pipe in a rural setting, and bassist Kawaguchi (of Tokyo's finest garage-Fushitshusha hybrid Broomdusters) is talking about taking a sabbatical. Anyway, this new release features nine long tracks, including covers of a Spiders tune, the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby', and lots more you won't know. Most staggering of all is the cover of the Stones' 'Satisfaction', which neatly transforms Jagger's baby-in-a-Perspex-box mixture of rage and boredom into truly on-the-edge jumpy paranoia, encapsulating the song's mental entirety without replicating the riff, rhythm, faux-Americanisms or any other elements of its external whatsit. As a textbook example of how to do a cover it's right up there with, what? Fushitsusha's 'Marianne'? Jandek's 'Rite of Spring'? Not much else, for sure." -- Alan Cummings