"...seventy five thousand peace punks..."
- Above: Japan Today UK LP release, 1987, front and back covers.
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Cat. No: Fall LP045
Recorded: 24th September to 7th October 1987
Released: Early December 1987
Another Cuba (Harper)
Punk Rap (Harper)
Streets On Fire (Harper)
Sex Object (Harper)
Japan Inc. (Harper, Barratt)
"Interview" (Yumi Yuki)
Run-out groove: FALL LP 045 A1 JA MPO
Comin' Back (Harper)
Thunderbird (Tradd) Arranged Harper
Hey! Santa (Kevin Wilson)
Street Legal (Harper)
Captain Scarlet (Barry Green)
Skate Board Billy (Harper)
Surf Bastard (Harper)
Angel (Harper, Flea)
Run-out groove: FALL LP 045 B1 MPO
Vocals: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Darrel Barth/Alan Lee/Knox
Drums: Steve Roberts
Keyboards: Rebecca Kempson
Violin: Steve Foster
Another new album (recorded at Alaska studios), another new line-up (though Steve Roberts was no stranger to the Subs drumstool), Japan Today also featured Charlie's Urban Dogs side-kick Knox who would later describe the album as 'un-finished'.
A return to Fall Out too after a two album break, they would go on to release seven of the next twelve albums (we're currently waiting for W!)
Originaly intended to be called 'Jumbo Pack', it was going to be a double album (the mind boggles!)
Guitar duties were split three ways between Knox, Darrel Barth and Alan Lee. Barth left the band part way through recording and was officially replaced by Lee on the 8th of October.
Some good new material (Another Cuba, Warzone, Angel) peppered with cover versions, rapping and an hilarious interview with Yumi Yuki. It's not known if this was staged or was a genuine interview.
Released on black vinyl only with a plain paper inner sleeve. The CD version on Fall Out features completely different artwork.
The Japanese text across the bottom the sleeve reads: 'Tomorrow The World'
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Test pressing images courtesy of Geoff Cooper.
- Above: Japan Today / Hey Santa Fall Out press release.
Above: Press ad, unknown origin. Image courtesy of Paul Mileman.
- Above: Hilariously ill-informed review, unknown origin.
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