Hip Hip China Chicks
Beijing Calling the London Underground
China's sassiest punk export, 20-something guitarist
Long Kuan, is taking London by storm with her new pan-Asia
pep-pop band Mikabomb. Boasting a hip new single "Super
Sexy Razor Happy Girls"--as well as backing from the
Beastie Boys' Grand Royal record label, Mikabomb weighs
in as a hipper, harder, Sinified version of Jap-Pop
one-hit wonder Shonen Knife.
Long, who moved to London in early
1998, joined Mikabomb after nurturing her nonchalance
in Beijing's westside hardcore scene and dabbling in
early China electronica. Riding high on the success
of "Super Sexy," Mikabomb plans two more CD-singles
before spinning out a full-length album early next year.
Long is also looking to return to her roots with a Y2K
release of Chinese solo material.
Rock 'n Roll Writing
Guangzhou model-cum-groove goddess
Zhang Qianqian has added her voice to a growing chorus
of rockers lusting for literary license, scrawling out
a series of essays on want- and what-not in bustling
Working with the backing of Modern
Sky records, the soulful siren is putting final touches
on her virgin work, to be spiced with eye-catching images
of the impish vocalist en vogue.
Qianqian's evocative, introspective prose flows forth
after long nights on the capital club circuit, and has
already won over many of the city's self-appointed denizens
of China cool.
Between bouts of writing fever, the queen of scream
has been honing her grunge grrrl pose and recently completed
work on a self-produced LP slated for release by Hong
Kong's Sonic Factory.
All Grrrl Bands In the Studio
Pouting punk pretty girls Hang on
the Box have hooked up with underground noise boy Feng
Jiangzhou for work on China's first girl-power record
since a mid-90s release by seminal sino femmes Cobra.
Feng, vocalist for the gritty grunge
group Fly, has followed Hang's development since their
early feral performances shocked audiences with downright
The teen power trio picked up the slack over the past
year, adding a fourth member and expanding their sonic
spectrum beyond the tired and true powerchord.
Radically improved sound has won them global cachet
as the mainland's uber-ululators--but Cobra is back,
coiled in the wings and waiting. After a hiatus overseas
and rumors of dissolution, the band's members have regrouped
for shows throughout the country opening for the mainland
hairguitar kings Tang Dynasty.
Cobra is also wrapping up work on their second album,
slated for eventual release by red-hot New Bees Music.
Shu Qi in The Swim
And finally, ending years of tears
about her not-so-secret porn roots, creative chameleon
Shu Qi has accepted an offer to pose for a revealing
series of seductive swimsuit shots.
The Taiwanese temptress told reporters recently she
considered the offer for quite some time before giving
it a green light-agreeing only after her photo fee broke
the rmb10 million mark.
Shu added that she would take a long-awaited break after
the photo shoot, using the earnings to support herself
for a year of fun and language exchange in London.