Tuesday, May 15, 2007

7" Heaven: Urusei Yatsura - Plastic Ashtray




The late 90s and first few years of the 00s aren't generally seen as a particularly exciting time for British rock music, at least by the popular press anyway. Britpop was dead and the superclub was king. This was the opinion of just about everyone who wasn't listening very hard, and hearing some of the great British indie records coming out then. Some of the bands only lasted for a few singles, others for a few albums, but a quick glance at my music collection shows that a continuous stream of great stuff was indeed being released by bands such as... Mansun, Symposium, Idlewild, the Super Furries, Gorky's, Groop Dogdrill, Sona Fariq, Therapy?, Midget, Llama Farmers, The Crocketts, Cay, Ultrasound, and a ton of other bands that i've covered on here in the past.

Another of those bands were the quite lovely Urusei Yatsura. They were a Glasgow lo-fi indie three-piece much in the style of GBV and Sebadoh who released three albums and a myriad of singles from 1994-2001. After being bought to the attention of John Peel, they soon became a cult favourite for a small generation of indie fans weaned on shoddy 7" sleeves and Steve Lamacq. The band's only single to hit the top 40 was Hello Tiger (1997), which hit the suitably underachieving position of number 40. All three of their albums, We Are Urusei Yatsura (1995), Slain by Urusei Yatsura (1997) and Everybody Loves Urusei Yatsura (1998) are well worth seeking out for any self-respecting indie pop fan. Here are both sides of 1995's wonderful Plastic Ashtray 7".

Urusei Yatsura - Plastic Ashtray
Urusei Yatsura - Got The Sun

6 Comments:

Anonymous Brooner said...

I miss Urusei, i really wish i'd had a chance to see them live.

11:38 am, May 16, 2007  
Blogger JC said...

How bizarre. Haven't been in for a few days and discover we've posted something about Urusei Yatsura.......

Cheers

11:59 am, May 19, 2007  
Blogger domestic empire said...

Saw them at the Joiners many years ago with either Radiohead (whatever happened to them?) or Devine Comedy. Or possibly neither actually, but it was the one where you got a free limited Urusei tour 7".

Those were the days alright....

6:14 pm, May 19, 2007  
Blogger Mr Rossy said...

Urusei were feckin awsome, i wish they'd reform or something !!!
I wonder if any of em are in a new band or something?

1:23 pm, May 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 of them are in Project Ako http://www.projektako.co.uk/ (who aren't the Bristol band Ako)

10:26 am, May 22, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

I saw them at the Fleece in Bristol and while good I did think then that rather like Bis there wasn't anything that would lift them out of the little indie niche they were in.

Strategical Hamlets is still a brilliant single though.

8:48 pm, May 22, 2007  

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