Leland - I’ve Got Some Happiness
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Japanese and insane, it’s Leland Yoshitsu, perhaps better known simply as ‘Leland’. Leland’s penchant for capes, tights, and black nail polish (providing style cues for Nuno Bettencourt, obvs.) might lead many to wonder if he were a Japanese superhero able to boil ramen with exceedingly narrow lasers emitted from his eyes, or perhaps dispense dirty pairs of panties to businessmen with heretofore unknown levels of efficiency, but no - he was just a regular dude, wandering the 1970’s Bay Area streets and taking weekly ads out in BAM! Magazine.
“I’ve Got Some Happiness”, taken from the album This Is My World (1976) features a somewhat jumpy, femme-tacular Leland playing all the instruments save for the drums, and includes a jangly, shred-tastic guitar solo. This is arguably the most tuneful offering from This Is My World, and would go on to be re discovered by a new generation of dickheads who read Pitchfork when it was covered by the notable band of ovary-havin’ menstruatin’ minstrels, Puro Instinct. They’re a girl group, is what I’m trying to say. I gave their version a listen for the purposes of science. Pitchfork labels it Dream Pop, which I take to mean that it sounds like they’re playing this in their fucking sleep. That’s a confirmed burn, FYI - but really it’s brutal. I’m not too familiar with their ouevre per se (that’s foreign; twice!) but I can say however that after reviewing some of their press stills that I would like to hug them while lying down; the singer in particular.
Leland is still pumping out quirky, fuzzy jams and even has a MySpace page, so perhaps he does indeed have superpowers and has travelled here from the year 2003. Check it out here.
Fig 1.1: HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII YA!!! *guitar solo*