Formed in Brighton in 2000, Fujiya & Miyagi are
purveyors of the 70’s Krautrock popularized by bands such
as Can and Neu!. The band’s name comes from the now
infamous, waxing on and off teacher from The Karate
Kid movies and a brand of a record player.
They've produced several LP's and remix albums including
2008's Light Bulbs and their songs have found
mainstream commercial success being featured in ads ranging
from Jaguar to Miller Lite Beer.
David (Miyagi) Best of Fujiya & Miyagi was kind enough
to give us a few examples from his vast knowledge of
krautrock and electronica. Here's what's on their hi-fi
Franco Battiato - "Mecanics"
This is from the 1972 LP Fetus and there is an
Italian and English version. It is a very unique sounding
record with lots of good synth sounds and great melodies.
It's hard to describe as there is so much going on in it.
It's quite proggy in places but seems more mental than self
indulgent. I believe Jim O'Rourke is a big fan.
Vangelis - "The Dragon"
This is more like an Elongated Aphrodites Child song than
Chariots of Fire. It has a fuzz bass all the way through it
and it lasts for about 15 minutes. It reminds me of
Beefheart and Zappa's "Willie the Pimp" for some reason. I
like to listen to this when i'm shopping in supermarkets.
Silver Apples - "I Have Known Love"
I love the Silver Apples and this is probably their most
accessible song from their second LP called
Contact. It's like a number one pop song from a
parallel universe that keeps going round and round your
brain. Any song that just has live drums, singing and
electronics on it is always going to be a favourite.
Chrissy Zebby tembo & Ngozi Family -
This is from an LP called My Ancestors from 1974
which was recorded in Zambia. The music reminds me of a
fuzzed up Modern Lovers but i'm just listening to it again
as I write this and it sounds nothing like the Modern
Lovers. Maybe it sounds like an outtake from Can's
Delay 1968 . Maybe it doesn't.
it's a joyous sounding record.
Don Cherry - "Brown Rice"
This has a wahwahed fuzz double bass and very, very
whispered vocals. I don't know if Don Cherry did any other
songs like this one, if so i'd like to hear them. It's a
cross between Donald Byrd's "Cristo Redentor", Miles Davis'
The Complete Jack Johnson sessions and something
from Can's Landed LP or maybe "Dizzy Dizzy" from
Soon Over Babaluma.