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This weekend I’m mostly listening to… Cornelius. June 21, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in This Weekend I'll Mostly Be Listening to....

Cornelius, or Keigo Oyamada, is a Japanese musician who appropriated the name of one of the main characters (who happened to be an ape) in Planet of the Apes. I’m not sure whether that illuminates the music which is a fairly exhaustive crushing together of musical genres from shoe-gaze, hip hop, dance and pop.

I got hold of his 1997 album Fantasma a year or two later. It’s a remarkably eclectic mix which is held together only by a strong melodic thread that can somehow combine near-punk with electronica, soundtrack instrumentals and sampled sounds and snippets of music. Add to that the way in which it is wrapped up in a strongly and rightly unapologetic Japanese approach – it’s all sung in a strong Japanese accent, kudos to that man for standing his own cultural ground – and here is something that offers a unique insight into the collision of different but overlapping popular cultures.

God Only Knows manages to be both a characteristically fond tribute to the wilder shores explored by the Beach Boys and the Jesus and Mary Chain (with a sample from the chorus of their “Just Like Honey”). It’s great entertaining stuff which I suspect people will either love or hate.

Star Fruits Surf Rider

Free Fall

God Only Knows



1. Phil - June 21, 2009

Have you got Point? One of my favourite albums ever, in the ‘one-off’ category.


2. WorldbyStorm - June 21, 2009

I don’t, and I wish I did. Ages ago I saw it second hand in a shop and I meant to get it and I didn’t. My loss…


3. Phil - June 22, 2009

Amazon still have it…


4. WorldbyStorm - June 22, 2009

Cool… will check it out…


5. WorldbyStorm - June 22, 2009

And I should add, it’s amazing how much music generally has dropped ‘out of print’ as it were in the last year or two.


6. Mark P - June 22, 2009

Darren over at Inveresk Street Ingrate has posted up a video from the Mo-Dettes, one of the great “lost” bands of the 1980s, if anyone is interested.

The singer had been in the Slits and would go on to be in the Raincoats for a while. The drummer squatted with Joe Strummer, bought her drums off Steve Jones and went on to be in the Communards. The bassist married one of the interchangable blokes from Madness. Small world the British music scene at that time.



7. WorldbyStorm - June 22, 2009

Saw the Slits about two or three years ago in Dublin. They were still pretty good… That’s an interesting link Mark P. Thanks, much appreciated.


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