Fronted by long-time Misfits collaborator JOHN CAFIERO and featuring the legendary MARKY RAMONE (THE RAMONES), JERRY ONLY (THE MISFITS), DEZ CADENA (BLACK FLAG) and IVAN JULIAN (RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS), OSAKA POPSTAR’s superhero line-up rips through their first disc, doing justice to the best of New York City punk rock. Says CAFIERO: “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 And Roll Hall of Fame.”
The album boast tracks like “I Live Off You,” “Astro Boy,” “Monsters,” “Love Comes In Spurts” and “Shaolin Monkeys,” among others. The first single, “Wicked World” was written by renowned indie folk music icon Daniel Johnston, who also contributes vocals on a fervent cow-punk version of the traditional bluegrass lament “Man of Constant Sorrow.”
The bonus DVD is highlighted by a music video for “Wicked World” animated by Japanese designer Mari-Chan. Also featured on the DVD is the exclusive music video for “Insects,” directed by commercial guru Joel Veitch (known for his Quiznos “Spongemonkeys“ TV ads as well as his own UK Channel 4 program “Rather Good Videos”).
In addition, CAFIERO has assembled a posse of colossal visual artists to complete an over-the-top, high energy, bursting-with-color package, including original Topps bubble-gum card guru John Pound (Wacky Packs artist and creator of the Garbage Pail Kids), Space Monkeys designer and urban legend Dalek, Batman and Justice League wizard Butch Lukic. and Tragnark who is working closely with CAFIERO in developing the “Shaolin Monkeys” character designs, based on the original Osaka Popstar tune of the same name, for an animated series.
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