Saturday, November 8, 2014

Frank Chickens: We Are Frank Chickens

I’m not sure what the origin story is for Frank Chickens, but 30 years after coming together they are still a thing; they last performed in London in September 2014 and have scheduled dates through July 2015. A comedy/cabaret act, now with a big enough roster of members to call themselves a troupe, the Chickens are mainly a London thing with founding member Kazuko Hohki at the reins. Their “We Are Ninja” was a slyly hilarious dance hit in 1984 (I first heard it on one of John Oswald’s Mystery Tapes). Here’s their out-of-print debut album on Kaz Records, plus six bonus tracks gleaned from their various 7-inch and 12-inch singles also released on Kaz in 1984-5. At times straight-up goofy (“Mothra”), personal (“Shellfish Bamboo”), and wacked-out electro-stomping (“We Are Frank Chickens”), and not afraid to put their claim on some amazingly dunderheaded examples of Western pop ditties about Asians (“Fujiyama Mama”? I mean, wow), what can you say about the Chickens except: Awesome.

Cheeba Cheeba Chimpira
Green Banana
Madam Fatal
We Are Ninja
Yellow Detective
Shellfish Bamboo
We Are Frank Chickens
Sake Ballad

Blue Canary
Fujiyama Mama
China Night
Japanese Rhumba
We Are Frank Chickens [single version]
We Are Ninja [extended Version]

Audio & artwork

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

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