Episode 23

Published on:

22nd Apr 2021

Number Girl

Welcome to your new favourite band.

OK, welcome to your new favourite band if you like Pixies, Hüsker Dü and Japanese stuff.

In this episode Ewan tries to convince Nick, returning pod favourite Chris Whitby, and pod newcomer, guitarist of Math Rockers Delta Sleep, Glenn Hodgson of the merits of Japan's Number Girl.

Despite only putting our 4 albums between 97 and 2002 the legacy of Number Girl on the Japanese Alt Rock scene cannot be overestimated. They brought melodic US-style Post Hardcore and left a legacy of guitars, innovation and … some questionable song titles.

We take a look at

Schoolgirl Bye Bye (1997)

Schoolgirl Distortional Addict (1999)

Sappukei (2000)

Num-HeavyMetallic (2002)

For more, check out the band website for merch, music and stuff


We try to get to grips with what made them important, wonder why nobody outside Japan seems to know who they are and fail miserably to understand the obsession with Japanese Schoolgirl iconography.

We also call Pixies - The Pixies, get some album titles wrong and horrendously mispronounce anything Japanese. Oh, and someone's mic got unplugged halfway, see if you can spot whose...

As usual there's a playlist incorporating the podcast and selected songs (as the first album is not available on Spotify, there are tracks from B-Side and Live recordings in there)


Glenn is the lead guitarist of Brighton's excellent Delta Sleep, and their latest album, a collection of live tracks accompanied by a series of short films is well worth your time. Check them out, and buy something from their bandcamp at https://deltasleep.bandcamp.com/music

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Jonathan is the genius behind our theme music and you can hear more of his stuff on his Bandcamp

Additional music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions

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Show artwork for Temporary Fandoms

About the Podcast

Temporary Fandoms
Temporary Fandoms: The music immersion podcast
Temp Fans is a podcast that explores the complete studio discography of legacy, popular, or downright obscure artists. We started out as a Facebook group where we listen to an album a day by a chosen artist, from start to finish, even the bad bits. And that's what this podcast is.

Join us as we dive through the good, the bad and the what? Take your time and listen along. Feel free to pause us and go listen on Spotify or wherever to the albums. Or go to our Spotify playlist where you will find the pod spliced up and inserted into a curated playlist of selected tracks.

To date Nick and Ewan have been joined by an ever growing roster of guests, who all have one thing in common; they want the chance to talk about artists that inspire passion in them. That's not to say this is a gushfest, there are plenty of dissenting opinions on the way.

As we dive through the discographies, why not dive through our past episodes and listen to:
John Tansey on The Pogues
Ben Zimmer, Emily Baldoni, Lael Wageneck, Steven Miller, Zoë Von Hess, Jonathan Fisher, and Emma McDermott on David Bowie
Nick Hilditch, Brendan Quigley and Aron T White on The Butthole Surfers
Ben Zimmer, Jesse Jarnow, and Jeffrey Lewis on Yo La Tengo
Aron T White and Chris Whitby on Can
Ewan, Emily Baldoni, and William Shunn on Spoon
Scott Donald and Si Sharp on QOTSA
Nick Hilditch, John Henderson, Fliss Kitson, J Fisher, Zoë Von Hess, Joe Mitchell, James Kennedy, Mike Plowman, Aaron Troy White, and Tansy McNally on The Fall
Emily Baldoni, Gavin Hogg, and Paul Hanley on Love
Christopher Whitby and Glenn Hodgson on Number Girl
​Zoë Von Hess, Cheri Amour, and Chris Whitby on ESG
​Chris Whitby, Cheri Amour, and Nick Taylor on Mclusky and Future of the Left
Aaron Troy White and Lael Wageneck on Neutral Milk Hotel
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