Andrew W.K.: The Japan Covers and Very Best So Far


Having mentioned this before, I now have a chance to review the album of Andrew W. K.’s ‘Japan Covers’ project, which is exactly what it sounds like: covers of a set of Japanese rock and pop songs. While the experiment has some rather, well, novel results, you never get the sense that the mickey is being taken. He really does mean it, man. While ‘Kiseki’ might just be the best thing on the album, as the original seems to have been a good match for AWK’s enthusiastic delivery, it’s a fun listen.

My first selection, ‘哀 戦士’ (Ai Senshi), was originally written by Daisuke Inoue, who seems to have been best known for his songs on the Mobile Suit Gundam films. He’s also in Porco Rosso, which is good enough for me. The second, ‘スリル’ (Thrill), was originally by Tomoyasu Hotei, of Boøwy fame; you might know it from a (Japanese-only?) DS game. Or it might remind you of Paul Shane.

‘哀 戦士’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Japan Covers

‘スリル’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Japan Covers

I should point out that the companion CD is a best-of, covering AWK’s three albums to date; it’s not a bad introduction to his oover, but I’m not 100% sure that it’s available outside Japan (like the third album). And of course the selection is never going to cover everyone’s favourites… but it’s pretty good. As a sop to those who aren’t sure if it’s worth ordering, here’s a taster from the last (and most adventurous) album, Close Calls With Brick Walls. Should make Wednesday slip by…

‘The Moving Room’ – Andrew W.K. – Premium Collection: The Very Best So Far

Buy both (and more) from this excellent site.


About jkneale

BothBarsOn's London correspondent.

Posted on February 12, 2009, in Album reviews, Covers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I think I may love you for this selection of tracks. I’ve found it very hard to hear any samples without stumping up the cash for what might be a curio. I imported Close Calls purely on the strength of “Pushing Drugs” so one of this is likely to do the trick for me.

    Thanks again for posting.

  2. Glad to be able to help! The two CDs plus P&P (to the UK) was £33 when I ordered it, which is more or less the cost of 2 hard-to-find CDs in the UK… well, a bit more. But I suppose you’d only want the covers…

  3. I’ve been watching Mobile Suit Gundam Double Zero recently, and there’s some pretty good music on there. There’s also the Japanese equivalent of Evanescence as well…

  4. That’s a scary thought. I can recommend Porco Rosso…

  5. hello i clicked on the link to listen to Andrew’s cover of thrill but it said that the link was broken. Is there another link i could click or can you provide a new link instead? thanks in advance

  6. HI the links go down after a week or 100 downloads, sorry. Don’t want to get ourselves in any trouble. I’m sure you understand!

    • its ok by strange luck i actually found the song on Andrew’s website. It was a very good cover though I still prefer Hotei’s version heh heh heh. Thanks for the help

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