Fuji Rock 2004

The Roosters (JPN)
Their final performance apparently. Middle-aged Japanese men in black salarymen suits singing Ramones knock-offs in Japanese. A quick comment on the overall impression of Japanese aptitudes in contemporary music, which is one of mimicry, too jump ahead, they have guitarists who can blow Jimi Hendrix’s backup band off the stage, and as you might expect many excellent DJs, but in the composition of original rock music and creating sounds that can even acheive the status of genuine derivatives, having some input of cultural uniqueness aside from the language…this seems to be much harder to do.

P.J. Harvey (UK)
The wee sexie rocker put on a great show. She had some technical difficulties and I was hampered by her total absence from my music collection, but it was an excellent performance and made me curious to hear more. She also upstaged Jack & Meg and wore a dynamite slinky red outift and boots onstage, complete with a P.J. Harvey logo and everything. It is now my dream to one day wear a couture t-shirt with my own name as its central motif. Oh and she was dead sexy…

The Pixies (USA)
Very, very glad I caught them this time round after missing their show at Coachella. A stellar performance, very heavy on the greatest hits tracks, they played Caribou (favorite!), Allison, Monkey’s Gone To Heaven, Broken Face, Here Comes Your Man (bom-bom-bombom-bombom-bommm), U-Mass (w00t!!!!!!!), Wave of Mutilation, Where Is My Mind? O well, tracklists are probably not of too much interest. They were locked in tight and seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. They had never played Japan before, and seemed genuinely bemused to discover they had so many fans over here. Also they used a ton of fog machines, which was wicked cool.

Lou Reed (USA)
Weird dude playing semi-to-barely recognizable versions of his Velvet Underground and solo work. I caught three songs and headed to…

Basement Jaxx (UK)
Lights, bass, enormous superbright fullcolor videoscreen, bass, crazy British hip-hop danceparty mommas singin and gettin’ freaky on the stage. Dancing awkwardly with J-girls who are not so tall. It was AWESOME! I don’t think I need to describe an open-air techno concert, I’m pretty sure you can imagine what goes on. But these folks are SO worth seeing live, the vocal tracks are all recreated live and it’s a lot of fun…so super danceable. This was the second-most fun set of the weekend for me.

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2 thoughts on “Fuji Rock 2004

  1. yay! Wicked good wrap-up. Glad to hear you had such a fun time. And SO JEALOUS that you met Stuart from B&S. I would have scream-asked him to sing “A Summer Wasting” or “Electronic Renassiance” but hey, at least you remember ONE of their tracks. ;o) Boston B&S fans are the best uber-dorks on the planet…especially since NONE of them would stand up during the concert. God forbid you startle the band by having a good time.

    I’m happy you had fun poopeye!!!!

  2. Dude! Awesome!!!!!! Some of that stuff sounded like it was worth all the rest of it. I don’t know how you keep the energy level up at stuff like that. It must be something you eat. But that sounds awesome! I just want to say that Ball & Biscuit and The Big Three Killed My Baby are my favorite White Stripes songs, so I’m glad they kicked at the show. I also want to tell you I know what you mean about playing an album three times in a row after buying it, I did that with Neutral Milk Hotel’s Aeroplane Over the Sea, except it was more like five times in a row (and I think I did that with Modest Mouse’s most recent one, Good News for People Who Like Bad News).

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