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One of the finest, freakiest bands from the ferment of the 90s Chinese underground.
We asked Zhao Gong, site manager for the ‘Grass and huge Pharmacy fan, why this band was important:
“Glorious Pharmacy were like the fumes wafting out of a fiery Sichuan kitchen – choking the tepid Chinese music scene with their intensity.
Their metaphors and symbolism were surreal and progressive, yet somehow oddly resonant with our daily lives. It mapped our complex inner worlds, bringing it into our drab, concrete reality. “Band” doesn’t quite cut it with this lot – they were performance art meets poetry meets magical realist drama.
I think of Goffman’s ‘The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life’, the hapless ‘self’ merely one of the many characters in its own madcap drama. Glorious Pharmacy will make you laugh, cry, and be surprised. They make you gasp and exclaim and root out memories you were sure you’d forgotten. They will take you on a journey within your own mind.