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
We Are Ninja
We Are Frank Chickens
We Are Frank Chickens [single version]
We Are Ninja [extended Version]
Audio & artwork
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