Keeping It Peel – Urusei Yatsura

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For the first proper KeepingItPeel post of the day we are visiting one of my favourite bands.
Urasei Yatsura formed in Glasgow in 1993 and consisted of Graham Kemp, Fergus Lawrie, Elaine Graham and Elaine ‘s brother Ian Graham. In 1994 they contributed a live recording of the song Guitars are Boring to a compilation released by the Kazoo Club (which was based in the 13th Note). This recording, along with their fanzine Kitten Frenzy brought the band to the attention of John Peel and a session followed.
The band then recorded a six track maxi single All Hail Urusei Yatsura. With the proceeds of the Peel session the band released a split single on their own Modern Independent Records label, Pampered Adolescent. They were later lured to London’s Che Records where they released more records, but the band split after releasing their fourth album.
Fergus, Elaine and Ian moved on to form Projekt A-Ko, who should hopefully be releasing their second album around the end of the year.
In 1996 Kewpies Like Watermelon placed at #45 in Peel’s Festive Fifty.
If you hate Aye Tunes (and if you do why are you bothering to read it?) then you can put partial blame for it existing at the feet of Urusei Yatsura. You see, Yatsura were one of the earliest bands to make me interested in the Scottish music scene. Several nights were spent trying to get into venues around Glasgow while still underage to get to see them. Along with the more obvious names like Arab Strap, The Delgados and Mogwai, Urusei Yatsura instilled a passion for local bands that indirectly led me to being here now, writing this.
Urusei Yatsura featured four times on John Peel’s show, I’ve picked the two Maida Vale sessions they did for posting.
Urusei Yastura – Maida Vale Peel Session – 02.04.2006
Urusei Yastura – Maida Vale Peel Session – 29.07.2007
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