Diode City CD (1999)

Artist: Supersnazz

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Product Overview


Label Sympathy For The Record Indust
SKU 60223428
UPC 790276056824
UPC 14 00790276056824
Format CD
Release Date 2/19/1999
Author Supersnazz
Technical Info
Engineer Tsutomu Oikawa
Producer Supersnazz; Supersnazz
CatalogID SFTRI 568CD
Lable Name Sympathy for the Record Industry
Released 02/22/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 12s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00790276056824
Album Notes and Credits
Supersnazz: Kanako (vocals, guitar); Spike (vocals); Shoe (drums); Tomoko (background vocals).
Personnel: Kanako, Tomoko (vocals, guitar); Spike (vocals); Rockin' Enocky Thunderbolt, Rockin' Thunderbolt Enocky, Marky "Miyagi" Magmatone (guitar); Tsutomu Oikawa (recorder); Nishi (piano); Shoe. (drums).
Additional personnel: Marky "Miyagi" Magmatone.
Audio Mixer: Tsutomu Oikawa.
Recording information: Rinky Dink Studio, Tokyo, Japan.
Photographers: Supersnazz; Ayako Kaneko; Maki Suzuki; Rockin' Thunderbolt Enocky.
The 1998 record Diode City, the third for Japanese rockers Supersnazz, presents a change for the band. Not only is the once all-girl group now a girl group with male drummer -- Shoe, who formerly did drumming duties for Teengenerate has replaced Skinny Minny -- but this is a more poppy and playful album than their 1993 debut Superstupid!, with a cleaner sound and vocals, and lyrics that are more comprehensible. The band has also improved as songwriters and musicians, crafting songs for this album that have more layers of texture and greater complexity. But while it's hard to fault a band for getting better, some of their former tough energy is lost, like a street punk who learns to fight and doesn't need to hide behind his sneer anymore because he knows he can hold his own now. The band still takes the innocence and sound of American rock & roll from the 1950s and '60s as their foundation, and energizes with their own dose of pop-punk attitude. The album opens with "Words of Love," a sappy but infectious love song like those from the American Bandstand days, whose catchy rhythm ricochets into a fiery guitar solo. Kanako's guitar has a cool, slinky spy theme sound in "Diode City" and a surf flavor on "Tell No Tale." Their cover of "I Wonder," previously recorded by the Ronettes and the Crystals, retains the crooning backing harmonies, but Spike's vocals have some of the atonal zest of Poly Styrene from X-Ray Spex. The best songs, "Too Fast" and "17-18," have the band's old verve, teetering on the edge of disaster and offering listeners a rush of adrenaline when the band screeches to a halt at the end. These moments make Diode City a fun album, but Superstupid! has not been shaken from its classic status. ~ Sarah Tomlinson
Disc 1
1 Words Of Love
2 Just Cause
3 Baby Love
4 Too Fast
5 Beat Girl
6 He's The One
7 No Excuse
8 Diode City
9 It's Alright
10 C-3po
11 2 Beat
12 Too Much Trouble
13 Star Kills
14 Tell No Tale
15 From Home
16 17-18
17 I Wonder
18 Do The Kitten
19 Mr. Gee
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