Selected by Dan Grunebaum


Wizards from Oz

Back by popular demand following an appearance at Fuji Rock, Australia’s alt-rockers return for a headlining tour that will see them settle into Shibuya’s Club Quattro for an unprecedented four-night run.

Eric Clapton may be booked into the Budokan for six nights, but Regurgitator’s four nights are nevertheless an indication of the band’s remarkable appeal in Japan. What accounts for their success here? Perhaps it’s because Regurgitator offers a bit of everything for everyone. For those who like alt-rock a la the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they’ve got a tight, funky rhythm section that ranks with the best. For those who like Britpop, they’ve got that covered too. For those into electronica, Regurgitator has something to offer as well.

Unburdened by decades of rock history, bands from Down Under are possibly freer to mix and match styles than those from the US or UK. Quan Yeomans (guitars and vocals) and Ben Ely (bass)-the team at the heart of Regurgitator-certainly seem to have no scruples about mixing it up. The pair formed the band with drummer Martin Lee after a chance meeting on a bus in 1994.

Signing with Warner Music, Regurgitator released a series of EPs including Regurgitator and New. They were soon touring Australia, boosting their profile with appearances at major festivals like The Big Day Out.

They traveled to Bangkok in 1996 to record their first full-length album, Tu-Plang (“jukeboxEin Thai). The album won Best Debut Album at the Australia Recording Industry Association Awards, and they backed major artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1997. Their second album, Unit, went double platinum in 1999, paving the way for their third album, last year’s Ert, an amazingly diverse assemblage of styles, all done with Regurgitator’s trademark sense of humor.

Eduardo & Rodriguez Wage War on T-Wrecks appeared in July this year, just before their July 28 afternoon set on the White Stage at Fuji Rock.

At Club Quattro, Regurgitator will be preceded by warm-up act Zoobombs, one of Japan' most formidable live acts in the garage/raunch-rock vein.

Regurgitator play Club Quattro on Dec 2-3 and 5-6. 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