seems that Taiwanese are quite partial to their bones.
-- By Corbett Wall Translated by Charlie
Beyond a doubt, Taiwanese love their
bones. Any meal typically includes chicken bones and
fish bones. Old folks complain all winter about their
aching bones. A skinny person is called a porkchop bone
and, even though they don't call it by that name, any
young couple in love knows what a three-hour boning
session costs at the local love motel.
I've got a different bone to pick for
this column, and it's about a band called "Da Bone."
They drop the "Da" in their Chinese name,
and are simply referred to as the "Bone Band".
This rock quartet plays a variety of styles incorporating
hip hop, grunge, funk, and pop -- all wrapped up in
a fat mix of rock and roll. Though they've only been
on the scene for a year, they've developed a good, strong
set of original material, and have developed a sound
I can liken to a band with a similar name: Fishbone.
Why Bone, you ask? "No clothes, no covering, just
real music," they reply. "People need bones
to make a body. We're the same. We need each other to
make our music."
No starry-eyed dreams of becoming pop
stars for these guys, their goal is to "Go to Japan,
play a big rock festival, and kick ass!" Right
now, they're working on their first album, an independent
release, and expect to be done in about six months.
"We want our music to have a message, something
to do with life -- not just a bunch of complaining like
so many other bands." Definitely look for them
around Taipei. They play two or three times a month.
Corbett Wall has enjoyed a successful music career in
Asia, and is owner of the popular live music venue,
the Living Room.
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