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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
This mid-70s hard rock band was influenced by Deep Purple and is know to have played shows at Okinawa USAF base.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Ringo Yamamoto - vocals
Jo Yamato – lead guitar, vocals
Tsutomu Arai – rhythm guitar, vocals
Kazumi Kitazumi - organ
Shigeru Suzuki – bass, vocals
Kimihiko Kanemoto – drums, vocals

Mustang was a late Group Sounds outfit infamous for having extremely long hair and an outrageous stage show. Led by Rolling Stones obsessive Ringo Yamamoto, the band is best known in the West for their sexy self-titled garage classic 45 'Mustang' (London Records). The band looked even more extreme than the Rolling Stones, their sartorial inelegance approximating the same proto-yeti look as the Pretty Things and such outrageous Australian bands as the Creatures, Missing Links and Running Jumping Standing Still. Nowadays forgotten even in Japan, singer Ringo Yamamoto gained temporary cult status there when he interviewed Mick Jagger. On April 12th 1969, this extremely chaotic Kyoto band and two others (Wax and Mustapha) supported Les Rallizes Denudes at the legendary BARRICADES-A-GO-GO, an indoor festival held in the basement of Building A, at Kyoto’s Doshisha University.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
On April 12th 1969, this now forgotten Kyoto band and two others (Mustang and Wax) supported Les Rallizes Denudes at the legendary BARRICADES-A-GO-GO, an event held in the basement of Building A, at Kyoto’s Doshisha University.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
In 1999, erstwhile Taj Mahal Traveller Seiji Nagai released the unprepossessingly-titled ELECTRONIC NOISE IMPROVISATION 1999, a wild journey through a ring-modulated primal swamp infested with treated pianos, insane drummers, boiling bubbling synthesizers, ring-modulated mandolinists, and strange ever-upwardly shifting electronic FX. Anyone who loves deeply insane electronic freekout sounds should search this out for a truly off kilter world experience, for it is a lost monster whose time will surely come.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
As creator of Japan's legendary cartoon "Futen" in the 1960s, Shinji Nagashima has continued to enjoy a singular cult status among the Japanese urban intelligensia. Shinji's work is discussed on pages 102 and 114 of Japrocksampler.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Teruo Nakamura is a jazz bassist who made one classic album in the 1970s entitled UNICORN, thereafter moving into a kind of very smooth and polished DX7 (wince) jazz that would appeal to very few readers of Japrocksampler. Unless this stuff is your bag, don't bother checking out his 1977 Polydor LP RISING SUN or his 1981 LP ROUTE 80, despite the latter having appeared on the optimistically-named label Agartha Records. Moreover, as Nakamura's career has mainly been conducted in New York with the likes of Steve Grossman, Lenny White, Alphonze Mouzon and Hubert Eaves, he is only of passing interest to Japrock fans.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007
Chahbo – vocals
Fujio Yamaguchi – guitar
Tetsu Asada – guitar
Shinichi Aoki - bass
Sakuro “Kant” Watanabe - drums

The Murahatchibu story is told in full in Japrocksampler - see Book Two, Chapater Five.
Posted by Julian Cope, Sep 01, 2007