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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Andrew W.K. - Gundam Rock

I have made a discovery, and like many of the best discoveries, it comes from the most unlikely of places. Remember Andrew W.K., the hard-rocking, synth-playing artist behind 2001's ferocious one-off Party Hard? Well, it turns out he's pretty big in Japan, which led him to release an album of Japanese covers (in English) as part of the 30th anniversary of the popular Gundam anime series. I know, we're getting into hardcore fanboy territory here, but some of the music is absolutely epic. So epic, in fact, that I couldn't choose between three songs. So I'm posting them all today:

Amuro Forever:
A rollicking powerhouse performance that sounds like Bowie singing in some huge rock musical. Don't be put off by the timid opening. This goes all out when it reaches the hook.

Andrew W.K. - Amuro Forever by alienhits

Star Children:
Turns up the synths for an electro/rock/glam hybrid with some truly ridiculous lyrics. My favorite? "Bless me with your powerful rays!". So cheesy. So fantastic. It sounds a little like Billy Idol, actually.

Andrew W.K. - Star Children by alienhits

Soldiers Of Sorrow:
The big one -- more Broadway than Anime. It sounds a little like how Green Day's recent stuff would sound if they went full out rock opera. The chorus is HUGE.

Andrew W.K. - Soldiers of Sorrow by alienhits

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy the album here. Follow me on twitter and facebook.



Anonymous relojes hugo boss said...

very good

6:20 AM  

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