Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Urusei Yatsura - Slain by Urusei Yatsura

Damn, how I love Urusei Yatsura. Though Slain by Urusei Yatsura's not their best album in my opinion (that honor goes to the impossible-to-find, and sadly underrated, Everybody Loves Urusei Yatsura), this is my vote for the best of the two studio albums that were readily available in America in the 90s. Somehow their records got released by major labels in the States under the name Yatsura (so as not to infringe upon the copyright of the Japanese anime): We Are Yatsura was released by Primary Recordings, a pseudo-indie run by Elektra, and Slain by Yatsura was released by Sire, also part of the same corporate umbrella as Elektra. There is also a B-sides collection that only got released in America called Pulpo that I believe was on Elektra as well.

Even in the post-grunge era, where this kind of alt-rock band was snatched every day by the majors, it's hard to see where the commercial potential come in. On Slain, Urusei Yatsura come across as combining the post-punk energy of the Fall with the geeky pop of, say, (early) Weezer. The emphasis is on The Fall though, with the aggression and experimentalism of the former distilled into short, noisy pop songs about Dungeons and Dragons.

In the spirit of the concept of this blog, you can currently get a used copy of this record for a quarter on Amazon Marketplace. New copies seem to be a bit more pricey than the other two records I have posted, though.

Link: [here]

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