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Oz Days was a legendary three-day festival in support of Tokyo's Oz Club, which was being forced to close down. All artists who had previously played at the Oz Club were asked to support the festival, which included performances by Acid Seven Group, Taj Mahal Travellers, Les Rallizes Denudes and Miyako-ochi, and which gained mythical status via a bootleg LP that was widely distributed throughout the West. Being such a mover and shaker in the Japanese scene, Acid Seven was billed under his own name, leading to the popular Western misconception that he was a band rather than an individual.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Yoko Ono's story, as relevant to Japrock fans, is told throughout Japrocksampler (see especially Book One, Chapter Two).
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Shinki Chen – guitar, bass pedals
Shigeki Watanabe – keyboards
Hiroshi Oguchi – drums

After the break up of Speed Glue & Shinki, Shinki Chen formed Orange with keyboard player Shigeki Watanabe of Wild Wand and former Tigers drummer Hiroshi Oguchi, who had just left Julie Sawada’s terrible post-Tigers supergroup Pyg. The Orange trio performed at the 1972 MOJO WEST festival and would have, according to producer and Atlantic label boss Ikuzo Orita, released their own record on Atlantic only if Speed Glue & Shinki’s second album had sold enough copies (‘We didn’t do anything after the second recording because it didn’t sell.’). However, as Masayoshi Kabe went missing during the recording of Speed Glue & Shinki’s mighty double-LP, the Orange ensemble was hauled in to fill out the record with their own song ‘Chuppy’, a flute-driven Shigeki Watanabe original, which was quite frankly by far the worst song on that all time monster of a rock’n’roll album. From this evidence, perhaps it is best that Orange never left the starting gate.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Ikuzo Orita is one of the key figures in the Japrocksampler story (see Book Two).
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Matsuo Ono is an experimental electronic composer best known for his mid-'60s musical soundtracks for the cartoon "Astro-boy". His assistant throughout these recordings was the legendary composer and founder of Taj Mahal Travellers, Takahisa Kosugi.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Hiroshi Nar began his career as bassist/singer for the organ-driven psychedelically styled quartet Datetenryo. Soon after he joined Mizutani's legendary Les Rallizes Denudes, but suffered several nervous breakdowns during which time he was homeless. He is said to have entered the 1980s owning just a guitar, a tape deck, a futon and an Amon Duul 2 cassette. After years of this itinerant lifestyle, Nar returned to the music scene with his quarted The Niplets, and has also enjoyed some underground success with the reissue of several of his 1970s recordings on the 3-inch CD series made by Goodbye and Hello studios.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
This acid folk project was released on the Underground Record Club, the first Japanese label to document such material
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Born in 1949 in Gifu, near Tokyo, Shunzo Ohno is a Miles Davis-styled trumpeter whose album SOMETHING'S COMING is one of the finest tributes to Miles's punk-funk ensemble period (i.e. AGARTHA, GET UP WITH IT).
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007