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China's Earliest Rock Bands: Catcher in the Rye
    2007-03-28 14:16:04     CRIENGLISH.com

Broadcasting time: 2007-03-28

When four college students got together to form the band thirteen years ago, they named it after their favorite book "Catcher in the Rye" by J D Salinger.

As one of China's earliest rock bands, "Catcher in the Rye" will stage their performance at the upcoming 2007 Midi Music Festival in May.

Our reporter, Xiao Hua, will take you on a retrospective tour of the band's early days.


You're hearing On the Road, one of Catcher in the Rye's first hits.

The band debuted at a night club in 1994, and released their self-titled album four years later. The first album was all punk. Lead vocalist Xiao Wei says their music is influenced by 70s greats like The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols, only their lyrics are not that rebellious.

Next, we'll play you the band's Utopia song, a chart-topping "Wizards of Oz".

(Play Wizards of OZ)
The song 'Wizards of OZ' describes a state of Utopia, one in which "Catcher in the Rye" as a team, is heading towards the place where sun rises. And on their road, they see others joining them. Xiao Wei says that's a state they dream of.

(Play "Time Submarine")
You're listening to "Time Submarine" off "Save As", Catcher in the Rye's second album.

Released in 2000, this album showed the band's thoughts on the new digital era, where technology was starting to have a powerful impact on peoples' lives.

(Play "Our World")
As the new century dawned, the band started preparing for their next release. But it was not until six years later that their third album, "Our World", finally appeared.

You're hearing "Our World", the title track from the album.

A six-year break 'rom recording would be disastrous for most musicians, but fortunately the members of Catcher in the Rye didn't lose any of their original appeal.

Let's wait and see their performance at the upcoming the Midi Music Festival.



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