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queen of japan, "nightlife in tokyo"

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I honestly don't know what Austrians find so amusing about pretending to be Japanese. The humor wears incredibly thin on the current release from Hans Platzgumer and friends on the Angelika Köhlermann label. The disc features ten cover tunes, in an effort which seems to imitate a fictitious Japanese karaoke group. Included are versions of Kiss' "I Was Made for Loving You," Soft Cell's "Seedy Films," The Who's "Acid Queen" and Frank Zappa's "Bobby Brown." While it begins on a mildly entertaining note, by track 6, the disc actually becomes painful to listen to and screams to be ejected, as their version of "Get Down Make Love" mimics the NIN version moreso than the Queen original. Even more irritating is the inclusion of their take on Olivia Newton-John's "Let's Get Physical" — something I never ever want to hear again, not from Goldfrapp nor fucking Revolting Cocks. Platzgummer has worked with a whole host of others including Gerhard Potuznik, who has mastered a similar genre of Austrian camp with his G.D. Luxxe outfit. Queen of Japan, however, fails. I mean, come on, who buys this crap? There's better cover versions circulating around on childrens discs and more entertaining jokes on the V/Vm records.



Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2005 14:33  


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