The first time I ran into Sean Lennon was at Zipperhead's in Philly. His album, Into the Sun, had just been released, and he was doing a mini-set with Yuka Honda of Ciba Matto. Afterwards, we talked about The Beach Boys' song, Sloop John Bee. Then I offered him some bubblegum.
"What's this?" he asked.
"Bubblegum," I said. "You chew it."
"Are you sure this is just bubblegum?"
"Yeah," I said. "Bazooka."
"I don't believe you," he said. "You look shady to me."
"No, it's Bazooka," I said.
"I'm just messing with you," he laughed.
Sean was immediately loveable. Just like his songs. "Sci Fi Wasabi" is one of my favorites from his former band, Cibo Matto. You can hear his beautiful sense of harmony on the chorus. Mino Hatori and Yuka Honda tear it up as well. I loved this band when they were together. Right now I am trying to do something similar with Slipshod in Korea. We'll see what we can up with. Hopefully, it'll be as tasty as this.
Sean's new album, Friendly Fire, is out in stores now.