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Formed while still at school in the far northern island of Hokkaido during 1975, Seishokki was made up of future underground movers and shakers - Hitoshi Matsumoto, Yuji Nakamura, Masanori Komatsu, Yasuaki Harabuchi, Ikuro Takahashi and Tetsuya Takashio - who went on to perform with a variety of ‘90s bands, including Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Fushitsusha, High Rise and Che-Shizu. Their sole album ORGANS OF BLUE ECLIPSE was mostly a retrospective of home recordings from the period 1975-77, recorded in an outbuilding on the banks of the river Chubetsu Gawa, on the outskirts of their home town Asahikawa. However, the final ((and most ‘rock’) track on the LP, entitled ‘Abashiri Blues’) was recorded live at a local club. The album received a limited vinyl release in 2005CE on the Siwa label.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Known in Japan not for his music but for his manga art, the one-armed Mizuki Shigeru created a visual half world inhabited by behemoths, ghosts, sub-humans and the like. However, in 1978, Shigeru decided to create an ‘accompanying soundscape’ for his visions and the result was the electronic music of YOKAIGEN. To facilitate this vision, Shigeru employed the services of electronic artist Morishita Tokihiko, whose own albums TOCCATA and 18 SAI MIMAN NO BALLAD had been released half a decade earlier on the Polydor label. Following Mizuki Shigeru’s instructions almost to the letter, Tokihiko created a sonic landscape of alienation and bubbling, whirling, disjointed half-life worthy of his one-armed mentor’s inner soundtrack. The results were released in 1978 on the Victor label.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Masahiko Satoh is a composer and arranger, and is a key figure in the Japrocksampler story (see Books One and Two).
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
The splendidly-named Sakenomido (‘drunken kid’) were a Kyoto underground outfit only known for their single Murahatchibu support slot at the MURAHATCHIBU NUMBER ONE CONCERT, on August 27th 1972, which took place at Kyoto’s Matuyama Outdoor Music Hall. The other bands on the bill were Marisu and Spanish Harlem Night.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Hideakira Sakurai is best known for creating the soundtracks for many of the cult classic Lone Wolf and Cub/Baby Cart films.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Miki Curtis – vocals, flute
Tetsu Yamauchi – bass
John Redfern – guitar
Joe Dunnett – guitar, keyboards
Yujin Harada – drums (later-Far East Family Band)

Samurai was a progressive rock outfit formed by singer Miki Curtis from the ashes of his Group Sounds outfit The Samurais. Always a chancer, Curtis cleverly hired two Engish rock musicians and future Free bass player Tetsu Yamauchi, thereafter recording two albums with this ensemble entitled GREEN TEA (1970) and KAPPA (1971).
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Sandii & the Sunsetz were formed by Hawaiian model and DJ Sandii Suzuki in the mid-1970s. However, her new wave-style music is outside the interest of Japrocksampler parameters.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Obscure folk rock group.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Played with Flower Travellin Band on May 6th, 1970. Also appeared at the opening of the Rock Garden Saint Lazare, with Rallizes, Foodbrain, and Brain Police.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Kazuhiko Katoh – guitar, synthesizer, vocal
Mika – vocals
Masayoshi Takanaka – guitar, synthesizer, Mellotron
Rey Ohara – bass, marimba
Yulihiro Takahashi - drums

Ian MacDonald’s NME review at the time said that it made “Iggy and the Stooges sound like the Amadeus String Quartet”! Formed as a supergroup by successful solo artist Kazuhiko Katoh, this band was shit.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007