Temporary Fandoms Number Girl Podcast - Temporary Fandoms

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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About the Podcast

Temporary Fandoms
Temporary Fandoms: The Music Discography Podcast
Temporary Fandoms is a place where we invite you to become a Temporary Fan of an artist, and hopefully some of you will find artists or bands you become long-term fans of. We are music fans, not gatekeepers, and all are welcome to become temporary fans.

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 and listen to it that way.

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.

We have been joined by John Tansey, Brendan Quigley, Aaron Troye-White, Zoë Von Hess, Cheri Amour, Fliss Kitson, John Henderson, Ben Zimmer, Christopher Whitby, Sara Marcus, Jeffrey Lewis, Jesse Jarnow, William Shunn, Emily Baldoni, Jeffrey McDonald, Nick Taylor, Glenn Hodgson, Lael Wageneck, Mike Plowman, Tansy McNally, Liam Molony, Gavin Hogg, Paul Hanley, James Kennedy, and Joe Mitchell.

And so far we have covered The Fall, David Bowie, The Pogues, Sleater Kinney, Butthole Surfers, Bjork, Can, Yo La Tengo,Richard Dawson, Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, Future of the Left, Kyuss, Love, Number Girl, ESG, Neutral Milk Hotel, Mclusky, Das Racist, Hen Ogledd, The Sugarcubes
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About your hosts

Nick Hilditch

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Founder of the Temporary Fandoms Facebook group and co-host of the podcast, Nick is an animator and illustrator living in Budapest, Hungary. Unlike Ewan, he recognises the greatness of Tago Mago.

ewan swain

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Co-host and editor of podcasts on the Tempfans network.
My opinions are often disputed.
Often correctly.