紅蜥蜴 – けしの華 LP

Before Lizard there was Benitokage (meaning „Red Lizard“). The band started some time in the early seventies and released two 7“es during their lifetime. This LP and the accompanying flexi 7“ from 1980 were released posthumously and compiled tracks from several recording sessions and live shows between 1976 and 1978. Benitokage were a lot more 70s proto-punk and glam; there’s some great pictures of theirs wearing semi-drag on the web. Musically the album is very diverse, a mix of funky rock, up-beat proto New Wave, some off-beat, some electro (Momoyo going solo!), you name it! Their synth already promises what Lizard were to keep, several of these songs would later be reworked to become Lizard tracks.

I hope I didn‘t fumble too badly describing their music… argh…

Enjoy some first class music after a mediocre description!


2 Antworten auf „紅蜥蜴 – けしの華 LP“


  1. 1 Fernando 30. Juli 2017 um 12:20 Uhr

    I found this one last year in some video channel (nicovideo me whinks) and it’s a jewel, definitely needed if one’s interested in the beginnings of Japanese punk. And as you say Benitokage only released two singles. BTW A3 (Sexus) is „“The original released by Instant Records“ according to the sleeve but in fact it’s a different take; on the other hand, A 1 黒い人形使い (Kuroi ningyo tsukai), is the second single’s B-side (same take, I believe).

    The mention of „the flexi“ has been a surprise. What flexi? reading my archives, I see the LP was accompanied by a flexi by 螺旋+JUO (Rasen & Juo), not Benitokage or Lizard. City Rocker PLM-005 (not the typical CR-00letter reference). I don‘t know who they are. Their names are not the same of Benitokage’s members. Anyways, I‘m always in good disposition to increase my City Rocker collection (or the Dogma sub-label of GISM, Comes, Rap etc fame), so thanks for the upload! ;)

  2. 2 抗独 31. August 2017 um 19:18 Uhr

    Hey Fernando,
    one more time I‘m proven sloppy or stupid: I didn‘t realise Juo and Rasen were different BANDS, though it’s totally obvious in the insert! I completely overlooked that! Wow, once again learned something…
    抗独

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