Catcher in the Rye
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The band is named after the J.D. Salinger novel "Catcher in the Rye" and is said to fill the void between punk music and rock and roll music.
Once former graduates of Beijing's Poly-Technical University, C.I.R. started out in 1994 and went on in 1995 to perform in numerous venues of Beijing.
They headlined the once famous "Punk not dead" show on May 3rd, 1996, celebrating China's Youth Day.
Being mostly influenced by bands such as "Jesus and Mary Chain", "the Cure", Sex Pistols" and "U2", nearly all of their song titles are book titles; However they do not necessarily refer to the content of that particular novel.
Together with Underbaby, Catcher in the Rye was one of the first punk bands after He Yong. Both groups had similar backgrounds and similar tastes. Most members were local residents of Beijing, most were influenced by late 70's and early 80's punk bands (Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Dead Kennedy's and several others). However, the bands had distinctly different sounds. Underbaby was speed, energy, angst and catharsis while Catcher in the Rye were bubble gum, styrofoam, Robert Smith, and New Wave. Both were extremely influential to the next generation rising out of the crowds that went to see these first punk shows.Lead vocalist Xiao Wei joined Greenpeace from May 11-23, 2006 in an effort to save the rain forest in Papua New Guinea, saying that
For me, music is a belief, so are green and peace.
During Christmastime 1994 after a successful performance, they declared the beginning of their musical performing arts career. In 1996 were signed up by Red Star Productions.
In 1998 they produced their first album, Catcher in the Rye (麦田守望者). The album was personally steered by the famous Zhang Ya Dong, and quickly topped the music charts as well as sales charts. Their second album, Save As…. was released in 2000, was just as successful as their first album. The band even received an invitation to go to Hong Kong and Italy to perform at the cultural exchange program. A record of the band’s greatest hits, All You Want, will be released soon.
In 2004, Tai He was signed up to the band, and in 2006, the band released its third album, My World (我们的世界), which was a return to old rock and roll. In January 2006, the band was an esteemed guest at Sohu’s All Star Concert, and was the only focused artist of the day! In 2007, My World was named one of China’s top records by Rolling Stone magazine. Then the band wrote a song called Green for the organization, Green Peace. In May, for the first time in the history of Chinese Rock and Roll, the rock band worked with Greenpeace China on the “Forest Watchers” project. They even sent band member Xiao Wei to the Tiantang Rainforest hinterland. In Papua New Guinea they volunteered to save the rainforest in Tiantang.
Major live performances
- December 25, 1994 - First formal performance at Beijing Xuan Hao nightclub
- May 8, 1998 - participated in "Levi's Battle of the Bands" concert in Hong Kong
- November 24, 1999 - Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center Faye Wong Lakuo Concert, with special guest Zhang Ya Dong
- March 24, 2000 – Album release concert “Save As….” at Beijing Normal University
- April 6, 2000 - Turin, Italy: attended "BIG Torino 2000-International Biennial of Young Creativity" on a cultural exchange program
- December 3, 2004- Beijing: Nameless Highland Bar, "1, 2, 3, the beginning!" which set up a ten year-long performance
- December 2, 2005 - Beijing Nameless Highland Bar "Friday I'm In Love" performance
- May 3, 2006 – Beijing: Performed at "Green and Peaceful" mystery flute MIDI Music Festival, main stage
- May 4, 2006 – Beijing: Chaoyang Park, "the Third Chaoyang Music Festival"
- July 5, 2006 - Beijing Boys and Girls Bar "Our World" album release
- December 2, 2006 – Beijing: Boys and Girls Bar "The Saturday Afternoon" show
- May 6, 2007 – Beijing: Chaoyang Park, "the Fourth Chaoyang Music Festival"
- June 5, 2007 – Beijing: Stars Live "All You Want," Sina Singing Friends Concert
- August 21, 2007 –Honored guests at the Hong Kong venue for “Ocean Defenders Green Peace Concert” tour
- August 22, 2007 – Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui district: M1 Bar & Lounge special performances
- September 21, 2007 – Beijing: Mao Live House special performance
- October 3, 2007 - Beijing Modern Sky Music Festival
- November 28, 2007 - Hong Kong Baptist University - the quality of the humanities courses: [campus concert wheat field]
Modern Sky Festival 2007 - 2007, October
Beijing Pop Festival 2007 - 2007, September
Midi Music Festival 2007, May 2007
- 我们的世界 - 2006, June 23rd
- Save As... - 2000, February
- 麦田守望者 - 1998, August
Modern Sky 2 (VA) - 1998, December
- Official Homepage
- Band Blog
- Article on Greenpeace.org
- Interview by AMP in August 2007
- Article on English.cri.cn
- ↑ "Brief History of China's Punk Rock Scene". David O'Dell (That's Beijing) (August 2002). Retrieved on 2008-08-04.
- ↑ "Chinese band singer heading towards Paradise Forests". Greenpeace (May 10, 2006). Retrieved on 2008-08-04.