MARKY RAMONE IS PLAYING DRUMS ON OSAKA
Release date: Europe on May 22, 2006 and worldwide on May
Expect in Japan on June 25, 2007 (click here
to read more infos of Japan release).
Osaka Popstar is also released an liveEP, more infos of it here,
and read more of shaped 12-inch vinyl picture record here.
Official Osaka Popstar page is
The full-length CD/DVD combo Osaka Popstar And The American Legends Of
Osaka Popstar is helmed by John Cafiero (vocals). Marky
Ramone plays drums on every song on this Osaka Popstar album, and other
players are Jerry Only (Misfits) on bass, Dez Cadena (Black Flag/
Misfits) on guitar and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & The Voidoids) on
guitar. Album include Richard Hell & Voidoids tracks Blank Generation and
Love Comes In Spurts. CD is dedicated to Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone,
Johnny Ramone and Robert Quine. Release includes 20 page booklet,
it has many photos and cartoons.
So the CD includes also a bonus DVD, it's featuring 2 animated music
videos created exclusively for this release. Those videos are of
Wicked World and Insects. Wicked
World (first single) is animated video by the Japanese designer
Mari-Chan. Funny video of the Insects is directed by Joel
November, 2006 Insects was number 5 on MTV.COM's "Hottest Indie Music
Videos". Insects was also on the "Top 25 Singles" on the Sub Modern
radio air-play charts.
Both videos are starring John, Marky, Jerry and
Dez. Wicked World was written by the Daniel Johnston. He also contributed
vocals to the song Man Of Constant Sorrow.
You can listen to the final mix of Wicked World in its entirety on the
site. Before rough mix of the Wicked World was featured on Rykodisc's
20th Anniversary 2-CD compilation set.
Cafiero has said following of the recordings/ line-up: "It's great to work
with your friends and who better for a band than the guys who started the
scene? This is my own personal Punk Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame"
And about Marky: "Marky Ramone is my absolute favorite drummer. It's
because when I was a kid in garage bands I used to always tell my drummers
to play like Marky. And he surprised us, all the musicians noticed it
- unlike his previous work where he may have been more regimented, like in
the Ramones, he really does some incredible playing in his fills. He
breaks the mold, and it sounds great"
4.Man Of Constant Sorrow (featuring special guest, Daniel Johnston)
6.I Live Off You
7.XMas Intro (That Almost Wasn't)
8.The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
9.Love Comes In Spurts
12.Where's The Cap'n?
JAPAN RELEASE OF OSAKA POPSTAR DEBUT
The debut album of Osaka Popstar was released in Japan on June 27, 2007
Records (in conjunction with Misfits Records/
Rykodisc). Imperial Records is one of Japan's leading
punk and alternative labels.
Japan release of Osaka Popstar And The
American Legends Of Punk has alternative cover art (Japanese translated
lyrics etc.) and three live bonus tracks. Wicked World, Sailor Moon and
Ramones song Beat On The Brat live tracks were
recorded on the Fiend Fest tour, at the Starland Ballroom, Sayerville,
NJ, USA in Halloween night on October 31, 2006.
Also Japan release has animated videos of Wicked World and Insects.
SHAPED PICTURE DISC
Misfits Records put out (release date: July 13, 2007) cool Osaka Popstar
vinyl picture disc. This shaped 12-inch vinyl picture record is a
die-cut image of the crowned head of Shaolin Monkey leader, Stan Lee!
Stan sports his "war paint" battle-face on side-A and appears
mild-mannered without "war paint" on side-B. Side-A has album version of
the Shaolin Monkey and side-B unreleased instrumental version of the
track. Of this vinyl is released very limited edition, you can get it
from the on-line store of the Osaka Popstar website.
OSAKA POPSTAR EXHIBITION
Osaka Popstar's singer John Cafiero has The Devil Dog Art Show at the
Showroom Gallery in 117 2nd Avenue (7th Street and 2nd Avenue) in New
York, near dear old St. Marks Place. It is open by appointment only,
phone number is: 212-673-5424, 1PM-9PM EST. Premiere night was October
Halloween. The show will remain open until November 8th, 2008. As you
know, Marky Ramone is drummer for Osaka Popstar which also features Ivan
Julian, Dez Cadena and Jerry Only. John Cafiero asked over 100 toy
designers, cartoonists, painters and celebrities to customize white
vinyl figures of Osaka Popstar mascot, Devil Dog.
Famous artist Bobby London and his
girlfriend, artist Karen Angelica
painted together these mascots in photo in right.
Bobby wrote: "Wild Flower Thing (hers) on the right; a tribute to Joey
Ramone (mine) called, "EyePatch Brat With Baseball Bat (Oh, Yeah!)" on the
Also for example John Pound, Drew Friedman, Wayno, Jhonen Vasquez, James
Kochalka, Nix Toxic, Mark Negata, Seth Rogan, Rose McGowan and Robert
Rodriguez are among the many who have created some truly astounding and
funny work. Check them out
here. All the figures are for sale and net proceeds go to the Picasso Veterinary
Fund (Manhattan animal shelters!)
REVIEW OF OSAKA POPSTAR AND THE AMERICAN LEGENDS OF
PUNK BY DAVE LAKE IN AVERSION.COM IN 2006:
If comic books had a sound, it would be Osaka Popstar And The American
Legends Of Punk.
The band are exactly what a punk rock super group should
be: fun as hell. And considering the group is the brainchild of John
Cafiero, longtime fan of the world's most fun punk band The Ramones, it's
not surprising that the band's debut is so darn enjoyable. Joining Cafiero
on the band's debut are Jerry Only (Misfits), Dez Cadena (Black Flag),
Ivan Julian (The Voidoids) and Marky Ramone (The Ramones, The
Musically, Osaka Popstar are a throwback to the old school bands the
members cut their teeth in, though overall the sound is more pop than
punk. The band also put a twist on the formula Me First and the Gimme
Gimmes pioneered nearly a decade ago: cover songs performed by a punk rock
super group. Only rather than choosing songs outside of their native
genre, OP focuses on a slate of songs near and dear to their collective
heart: classic punk and cartoons.
The album's leadoff track is Wicked World, an infectious three-chord
number that originally appeared on one of Daniel Johnston's self-released
cassettes, and Johnston himself guests on the band's version of the
traditional Man of Constant Sorrow
Elsewhere on the album the band cover classics by Richard Hell (Love
Comes in Spurts, Blank Generation) and X-Ray Spex (I Live Off You),
but the band is at their best when cruising through the nostalgic sound of
their youth, either via cartoon theme songs (Astro Boy, Sailor Moon)
or jingles for breakfast cereal (Where's the Cap'n?).
Sticking with the beloved memories of Cafeiro's youth, the band hired
Topps bubblegum card artist John Pound to create the album's artwork.
Pound worked on the '80s card phenomenon known as Wacky Packs, and several
years later created a phenomenon of his own, Garbage Pail Kids. And much
like the recent visuals of the Gorillaz, each of the album's members are
depicted as anime superheros.
Osaka Popstar create the perfect package. It has a clear sound and a clear
vision, and its members don't aspire for it to be anything other than a
seriously fun side project. Many bands try extraordinarily hard to achieve
this kind of levity in their music, but it simply comes naturally to the
members of Osaka Popstar. Because of this, the band's debut is an
infectious set, and dare I say . sweet as a rock-hard stick of Topps
trading card gum.
- Dave Lake