THE CLIPPERS

This local party group manage to fuse a rustic form of Taiwanese oldies called nakashi with funky rhythms, disco rock and just enough exotic flavor to keep locals and foreigners interested. The band formed in 1995 as more and more bands were taking part in the emergence of taike as a genre of homegrown Taiwanese rock. The Clippers achieved kind of a time warp with their sound going back to Taiwan music's modern roots in nakashi. In 2001, the predominantly folk label Taiwan Colors Music released their seminal first album Turn on the Disco Ball.

Like most bands of the 90's Taiwan rock era, The Clippers got their start performing at venues like The Wall and the Riverside, however, it was the combination of funky folk and a couple of perky dancers that really energize typically laid back Taiwanese audiences. Attempting to bring music back to the daily lives of a society held down by marshal law, street-performing became a big part of the band's shtick as well as group leader Hsiao Ying's tendency towards comedy, often politically irreverent, between songs. Early on, The Clippers became a common sight at foreigner run festivals like Spring Scream as well as the Taiwan Colors Music organized Ho-Hai-Yan battle of the bands where they placed as a finalists in 2001. You might even be able to catch them at one of these major events on Taiwan today.

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ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TAIPEI TIMES:
Crass is part of Clippers' appeal

DISCOGRAPHY

Turn on the Disco Ball - Taiwan Colors Music - 2001


VA - Ho-Hai-Yan Indie Music Awards 2001 (TCM019) - Taiwan Colors Music - 2001
Available at Pacifiction Records!

Taiwan Independent Compilation 1999 (TCM000) - Taiwan Colors Music - 1999