Selected by Dan Grunebaum



While no one took a band that came to fame thanks largely to a Sony MD commercial seriously, Reef persevered and will bring their variant of Britpop to dedicated fans at Akasaka Blitz for two days in January.

Created in 1993 by Gary Stringer (vocals), Kenwyn House (guitar), Jack Bessant (bass) and Dominic Greensmith (drums), Reef were initially known as Naked, changing their name when Sony signed them on the condition that they do so.

The group issued their debut single, "Good Feeling," in 1995, and a few months later laid down "Naked" for a TV commercial for Sony' MD player. The commercial helped "Naked" reach number 11, and boosted the fortunes of their debut album Replenish.

After an opening slot became available for Paul Weller at the Royal Albert Hall in 1994, Reef began to tour in support of the Rolling Stones and Soundgarden, bands with whom they had decidedly more in common with soundwise than British peers like Oasis and Blur. Unlike the heavily Beatles-influenced melodic sound of most of the Britpop crop, Reefs sound recalls the crunchier feel of the Stones or the Black Crowes.

Reef released a new single "Place Your Hands," in the fall of 1996, unexpectedly surging into the Top 10. The song created a buzz preceding the release of their second album, Glow, in 1997. Glow debuted at number one in the charts and went gold in its first week on the strengths of the singles "Come Back Brighter" and "Consideration."

Reef play Akasaka Blitz on January 16-17. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana