Saturday, 28 March 2009

blast from the past: frank chickens


I’ve become pretty obsessed with Japanese culture at the moment - I went to see a hallucinatory Kabuki [link to wiki] version of Twelfth Night at the Barbican and I can’t wait to go and see the Kuniyoshi exhibition at the Royal Academy [link to R.A. website]. Imagine my relish therefore in finding this video on a youtube ramble. Frank Chickens are an anglo-japanese new wave group who performed and recorded in the 80s and 90s. They supported The Smiths once or twice, and Blue Canary was number 42 in John Peel's 1984 Festive Fifty, a poll of his listeners' favourite tracks of the year. It makes me think we should all pronounce ‘canary’ the Japanese way: ‘kanari.’

you tube link (embedding disabled)

Note how cyclical fashion can be: brashly coloured aviators are everywhere at the moment!

///by r.f.boothroyd

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