v.a. 東京 Rockers LP

If I am not completely mistaken, Tōkyō Rockers was originally a video documenting Tōkyō’s 78/79 punk scene, with this LP of live performances being released by CBS/Sony as the soundtrack. All the bands are kind of experimental, somewhere between Post-Punk, New Wave and Punk. Friction are jangly, noisy and aggressive on this recording. They kept releasing stuff at least up into the nineties, I‘m not sure if they ever split up. Mr. Kite, who seemed to have named themselves after a song by the Beatles (ack, again), are slower and more quiet, and only released one 7″ of their own. Mirrors are mid-tempo punk with somewhat dissonant guitars; they later released two 7″es. S-Ken produced psychedelic pop music with wah-wah pedals and synths, and managed to release on LP afterwards. Lizard! (exclamation mark!) are the undisputed winners on this comp with two awesome, bouncy synth-heavy tracks. Sadly missing from this compilation are SS who also recorded live tracks for this release. One song (Mr. Twist) can be found on youtube for all those who want to know just how much more awesome this LP could have been!

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12 Antworten auf „v.a. 東京 Rockers LP“


  1. 1 Fernando 19. Mai 2016 um 21:57 Uhr

    Hallöchen! You‘re back!
    Well, not completely mistaken but not entirely right. I mean, this LP is connected to the „ROCKERS“ documentary but the recordings differ. The docu was recorded 31/12/78 Shimokitazawa Loft (including the SS set) & 2/1/79 Shibuya Yaneura, while this LP comes from a gig at Shinjuku LOFT recorded 11/3/79. Not only SS, other bands from ROCKERS din‘t make it in TOKYO ROCKERS (LP): Jisatsu, 8 1/2, Speed, Pain and, er, The Stranglers. Well, the Stranglers are „present“ in this LP anyway since their influence can be perceived in several bands (Lizard for instance), same happens with the other LP that came at the same time as this one, I mean TOKYO NEW WAVE. BTW, the Stranglers were a huge, huge, influence on KIKEIJI, that’s easy to see.

    I wasn‘t aware that S-KEN had an LP. And now I find that rateyourmusic mentions two albums. But the second one (Gang Busters, 1983) has so little info, it could be easily a 12″ EP or something. I‘ll make some research on that, hehehe….

    Saludos,

    Fernando :)

  2. 2 抗独 20. Mai 2016 um 19:50 Uhr

    Hey Fernando,
    thanks for info/correction on the recordings for this comp. I also read somewhere that the Tōkyō Rockers compilation was meant to be something of rival to the New Wave LP, as in „you‘re soft, we‘ll show you the true scene“. No idea if that’s true, though. All in all the early Tōkyō scene seemed to be a lot more experimental and adventurous than „this is a chord, now go form a band“.
    Take care
    抗独

  3. 3 Fernando 20. Mai 2016 um 23:27 Uhr

    Hi 抗独!
    The story you mention sounds very supiciously like complete rubbish. As far as I know, Tokyo Rockers appeared on 1/4/79 and Tokyo New Wave did it the 5/4/79: 4 days difference for a response album and, furthermore, in inverted time relation (if ‚Rockers‘ has to be an answer to ‚New Wave‘). Ho, ho, ho, what a ho…ax! :D :D

    Oh, I already made the S-KEN research. And RYM is right, there was a second LP (yes, LP) called Gang Busters, in 1983, and even a third, „Jungle-Da“ in 1985. And there are even more under the banner „S-Ken & Hot BomBoms“.

    About what you say, „All in all the early Tōkyō scene seemed to be a lot more experimental and adventurous than „this is a chord, now go form a band“.“, I agree if we talk about the Tokyo bands from around 78-79, the ‚Rockers‘-related bands and the Gozira bands. But the Kansai bands was a completely different story. SS, as you saym the guitarist doesn‘t play chords, he’s something like the Crass rhythm guitarist going 100mph, haha. And Ultrabide, Gaseneta, early INU, even Aunt Sally (if you forget the keyboards) are 3-chord bands Yes, the Tokyo bands were arty, with No-Wave influences. And there was the third contingent (so-called Mentai rock) of the punk‘n'roll bands, very commercial, that appeared around the same time: Mods, Rockers, Roosters, Rokkets, I‘d add to this lot the famous Anarchy boys too (now I don‘t remember where did they came from…). Well, enough babbling for today, Tschüss! ;)

  4. 4 抗独 04. Juni 2016 um 18:55 Uhr

    Hey Fernando,
    I found the article again where I read that rumor:
    http://recordcollectornews.com/2012/10/japanese-punk/
    No idea where they got their info.
    I don‘t really know too many bands from the 70s japanese punk scene yet, all that stuff is just so awfully expensive…
    Take care
    抗独

  5. 5 Fernando 05. Juli 2016 um 23:50 Uhr

    Hey 抗独,

    well, I‘ve been worshipping jap HC and punk (and some NW too) since day before yesterday very much as you but I can tell the guy of the article (Greg McWorther) makes so much mistakes that it would be a drag to detail. I don‘t know about that story; it’s true that ‚Tokyo NW‘ was RECORDED before ‚Tokyo Rockers‘ (which finally was released a couple days before the other); this gives a space for believing the ‚answer‘ theory, but the space keeps being small. How could be an intention of an ‚answer‘ to something that hadn‘t still been released and, furthermore, an answer comoing from bands who had played in BOTH gigs independently of who appeared where finally (as the author himself says)?

    What Mr. Greg says about „Kansai NO WAVE“ bands being „modeled after the New York No Wave scene“ is total rubbish, a simple guess based merely on the name (‚No Wave‘). He don‘t even knows the bands, „Aunt Sally, Phew, Machizo Machida, Hijou Kaidan“ hahahaha, – Phew was the singer for Aunt Sally; Machizo didn‘t go solo until the disband of the mighty INU (a strong influence on The Stalin BTW), Hijokaidan didn‘t appear until the UltraBide disband, and well, Mr. Whorter forgets the infamous SS were part of the so-called ‚Kansai No Wave‘ that wasn‘t a name for a genre or anything, but the name of a TOUR made by some of said bands, none of which have much in common with NY’s no wave, while Tokyo’s Friction and others really did (in Friction case, though, they didn‘t model the sound ‚after‘ the NY’s sound, since two of Friction members contributed in creating Teenage Jesus and the Contortions!!).

    And, funnily enough, he completely forgets the first bands that had real (if limited) success, such as Anarchy and the Mentai Rock bands (Rokkets, Rockers, Mods, Roosters).

    „I don‘t really know too many bands from the 70s japanese punk scene yet, all that stuff is just so awfully expensive…“

    Can‘t argue with that. But nowadays you don‘t need to have the ’stuff‘ (vinyls) before getting to know it… Luckily most of this stuff is made available through the internet. Before that, my Japanese punk catalogue was reduced to GISM’s ‚Endless blockades‘ for decades. More or less the same happened to me with German punk. I got to know most of the stuff from the early 2000’s onwards. And when I got to berlin I bought a pile of records, thanks to the mp3’s supposed to be killing music (business). Wish I could do the same going to Japan but I‘m afraid it will take some years :D

    Wow, that was a long comment. Aufwiederschreiben! ;)

  6. 6 抗独 10. Juli 2016 um 17:43 Uhr

    Hi Fernando,
    thank you for clearing that stuff up and for the background info; I hate having to find out I spread nonsensical rumours, haha!
    As I said, there’s still shitloads I don‘t know about the early japanese scene.
    Hope I‘ll hear/read you soon!
    抗独

  7. 7 Fernando 20. Juli 2016 um 23:45 Uhr

    Hi again 抗独

    this is to tell you that there’s this blog bleakbliss.blogspot.com.es

    where they have recently upped by request (of someone you know, hehe) ULTRABIDE’s 1984 comp (live & demos 78-79) and the very important Kansai compilation, DOKKIRI RECORD. They have also AUNT SALLY’s stuff (their 2 CD’s). And the crazy GASENETA box! I‘m not sure if you‘re very interested in that stuff but I thought it was OK to let you know ;)

    Danke, saludos

    Fernando :)

  8. 8 Fernando 20. Juli 2016 um 23:53 Uhr

    Hi again 抗独

    this is to tell you that there’s this blog:
    bleakbliss blogspot com es
    (add the dots between words)

    where they have recently upped by request (of someone you know, hehe) ULTRABIDE’s 1984 comp (live & demos 78-79) and the very important Kansai compilation, DOKKIRI RECORD. They have also AUNT SALLY’s stuff (their 2 CD’s). And the crazy GASENETA box! I‘m not sure if you‘re very interested in that stuff but I thought it was OK to let you know ;)

    Danke, saludos

    Fernando :)

  9. 9 抗独 07. August 2016 um 13:05 Uhr

    Hey Fernando,
    thanks for the link. That’s cool shit, I‘m definitely gonna check it out! :)
    抗独

  10. 10 Fernando 01. Dezember 2016 um 23:31 Uhr

    By the way, 抗独, have you ever had the chance to see the ROCKERS movie?

  11. 11 Fernando 12. Dezember 2016 um 23:49 Uhr

    Hi 抗独,

    I don‘t see a contact link in this page… Du hast aber meine Adresse (eeh-male, hehe). Yes, I‘m talking about the question above ;)

  12. 12 抗独 30. Dezember 2016 um 14:30 Uhr

    Hi Fernando,
    you‘ve got mail.
    抗独

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