"Cribabi's future is assured"
"Ethereal pop" Toronto Globe and Mail
"Adventurous" The Independent
"A successful blend of smouldering vocals,
terse beats and glistening guitars" Uncut
Cribabi (pronounced 'cry baby') is the new band with Andy Cox,
ex The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals, and Japanese underground
star Yukari Fujiu. Yukari was the lead singer in an all-girl
Tokyo band The Groopies before releasing two solo albums on
Pony Canyon. She also wrote million-seller hits for several
Japanese artists. In 2000, she came to London and worked with
Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, but during a weekend in Andy's
lo-fi Studio Zero, a sound gelled and Cribabi was born.
In many ways Cribabi is a garage band. The vocals on their
album Volume, re-mastered and enhanced for UK release April
29, 2002 on the Fidela label, were recorded in a bathroom or
in Yukari's kitchen in Tokyo. It is the best of east and west,
with moody tracks like "Disappear", "Gloria", "I Can't Go for
That" alongside the harder edged pop of "Somebody to Love" and
the ballads, "You're So Sweet" and the Burt Bacharach-inspired
"Beautiful Mistake" (which has been re-mixed into a garage
track by the DJ, Bad Cop). Also there's a cover of "Yesterday
Once More", originally by The Carpenters, a song that is
classic Japanese karaoke.
When the two musicians lived thousands of miles apart, they
serenaded each other with compressed WAV files over the
internet. But Yukari loved England and English music too much
to stay away. One of the first things she did with Andy in
London was visit Waterloo Bridge because of the song "Waterloo
Sunset". She has also made an intensive study of Cockney
rhyming slang and English beer. After one lengthy study
session/pub crawl, she asked if the Sex Pistols "God Save the
Queen" was the national anthem.
It's good to dream.
For more information contact Charles Carroll at Green
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