”Under the influence of The Beatles, the Group Sounds movement swept Japan in the mid-1960s. This esteemed compilation exceedingly difficult to find since its original release in 1990, gathers the wildest tracks in the genre, spanning surf rock, fuzzed-up R&B, and even psychedelia. It’s sure to thrill fans of the further reaches of garage rock.”
Don’t know what could it be, effects of radiations or somethin’ but Japanese rockers really know how to took things to the extreme. If I tell you that these three ‘Godzilla’ volumes of 60’s ‘banzai garage’ contain more fuzz than you ate hot meals or noodles in yer whole life then ya know what I’m talkin’ bout. Here you got the most savage ‘Brit invasion’ influenced sound with acts like The Golden Cups [check out Surfadelic collection!], The Mops, The Beavers, The Spiders, The Carnabeats, D’Swooners, The Jaguars… predecessors to modern Jap garage punk bands as The Teengenerate or Guitar Wolf. Most stuff are fuzzed-out covers of classics by Bo Doddley, C. Berry, Wilson Pickett, Hendrix, Yardbirds, Animals… Yo kiddos! Check out some favs below and 掘る !!!
Hey freunde, let’s surf again! Here are two interesting and fun comps of 60’s surfin’ music from Germany & Japan. Most of the cuts are covers of well known 60’s tunes originally by The Beach Boys, Surfaris, Hondells, Dick Dale, Astronauts, Jan & Dean, The Rivieras, The Ventures etc. Check some favs down there und 掘る!!!
A re-post of this killer lo-fi/no-fi garage punk rock from Tokyo, Japan. This is Guitar Wolf‘s 6th lp and probably the best one. Their style is heavily influenced by Johnny Thunders, Link Wray, MC5, Stooges… You could see ’em in a cult garage punk movie “Sore Losers” performing ”Invader Ace” and ”All Through The Night Buttobase!!”. Among earpiercing originals you got covers of Leather Boy, Teengenerate, Link Wray and Rolling Stones. They live and die for ”lock’n’lol”. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic, 掘る!
And now for something completely different… Crash the party with this Japanese garage punk/surf trio trash lock’n’loll. No sh*t, this stuff will kick your ass with kung-fu kick. Also known as The Fabulous Mach Kung-Fu, this 90’s crew play a mix of raw 60’s inspired garage & surf songs and instrumentals with interesting covers of The Sonics “Psycho”, Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, The Wailers “Frenzy”, cool version of The Astronauts “Hot Doggin” etc. “Going Native is all instro ’97 Ep, while ”Teach A Chick To Dance” is their last album from 2001. If ya dig The 126.96.36.199’s and stuff this is your cup of kung-fu action. Cheer up your neighbours, 掘る!!!
Takeshi Terauchi & His Blue Jeans are true legens of J-surf, something like The Ventures of The Far East. Mr. Takeshi [also known as Terry] is a Japanese most prolific instrumental rock guitarist who recorded 1000s slabs [mostly for King Records] with The Blue Jeans, The Bunnys or solo. I’ve already posted some of his cool surfin’ stuff here , as on my old blog. Now, you gotta deal with ’63 Lp ”Surfing” [his first surf album on Toshiba Records], GREAT compilations ”Early Times 1964-65” and ”Nippon Guitars 1966-74]”. Lottsa cool covers of surf & rock classics, The Ventures, Astronauts, Dick Dale, The Chantays, The Surfaris… as well as fine original Eleki tunes. Let’s go Surfin’ shogun style!
“Original issue from the Toshiba‘ Drum Drum Drum Series, the most wanted (1st pressing in red LP) of Tenshi No Yūwaku (Temptations Of Angels) featuring Jimmy Takeuchi & His Exciters with the arranger Kunihiko Suzuki. Titles include the greatest hits of the Japanese GS movement out in 1968, among cover songs by rock bands as The Tigers (Flower Necklace), The Tempters (Please, God), The Golden Cups (Girl With Long Hair), The Folk Crusaders (Unbearably Sad) or The Wild Ones (Bara No Koibito), Pop singers as the Angel Love of Jun Mayuzumi (Kunihiko Suzuki‘ composition), Yukari Ito‘ Drops Of Love, the Secret Love of Tomoko Ogawa. Also included the Soul Jazz standard Alligator Boogaloo by Lou Donaldson, Beatles‘ cover Lady Madona and Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba. All tracks arranged by Kunihiko Suzuki.”
Mo’ ”Drum Drum Drum” from Jimmy & His Exciters on this late 60’s instro-lounge slab with nice cover pic of ‘Bond-like’ girl. If nothing else, Jimmy’s albums worth only for their girl covers alone ok. 掘る!!!
Jimmy Takeuchi was a Japanese jazz drummer who have recorded many instrumental lounge slabs with His Exciters as backing band. This here is a surf oriented album with covers of classic tunes as Walk Don’t Run, Wipe Out, Diamond Head, The Cruel Sea, Pipeline, Apache and others. Funny is that many of his albums have ”Drum, Drum, Drum” in title [quess ’cause he was drummer alright!] If you’re a fan of Takeshi Terauchi and Asian surfin’ sounds, then this stuff’s fer ya. Dig!
Surfin’ shogun Eleki style! This is maybe, their first all instro LP. Japan traditional themes adapted in western surf rock mode, driven with Takeshi’s distinctive guitar treat. Imagine if The Ventures were born in Japan and wear kimonos. Let’s Go Eleki Surfin’!
01 Tsugaru Jongara Bushi
03 Soran Bushi
04 Kuroda Bushi
05 Soma Bonodoriuta
06 Saitaro Bushi
07 Okosa Bushi
08 Yosakoi Bushi
09 Aizu Bandaisan
10 Kiso Bushi
11 Yagi Bushi
12 Edo Komoriuta
Re-post of this great early 70’s all-instro surfin’ slab by famous Japanase guitar-slinger Takeshi Terauchi. Killer fresh new sound with cool covers of The Ventures, Astronauts, Beach Boys, The Surfaris as well as some original tunes like ”Surf Board Walk” or Davie Allan style fuzz-driven ”Blue Jean No.1”. 掘る!!!
More shogun surfin’/eleki instro covers by notorious Takeshi. 掘る!!!
01 Riders In The Sky
02 House Of The Rising Storm
03 Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
04 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
07 Night Train
08 Red Sails In The Sunset
09 Blue Moon
11 Moon River
12 Comin’ Home Baby