Punk Rock Japan

Over the years I've become fond of Japanese punk, especially the Star Club, Stalin, Anarchy, Friction and The Mods. Friction is in the art-punk vein, except for the 2 7"s and the first LP. E.D.P.S. was lead by Tsunematsu Masatoshi (ex-Friction) and is also into the art-punk side of things I guess. The Mods have later releases than what I've listed here. I haven't heard them but I don't think they are very good anyway. The Star Club are mostly excellent punk rock. If you can find the compilation CD it would be a good place to start. The Stalin Trash LP is legendary and while it is very good, maybe not quite up to the legend. There are also counterfeit copies of it around so be careful before dropping a load of cash for it. Aburadako are also a good band, mixing punk, art and hardcore in varying amounts. Michiro Endo (from Stalin) has put out a number of releases, most of them pretty good. Not entirely punk (there is some glamrock, art and the like mixed in) they are still interesting. The Gozira label released 7"s from the Mirrors, Mr. Kite, Flesh, Maria 023, and Tsunematsu Masatoshi. All are pretty good and can be found on the Crack! CD compilation, which also includes live tracks. The Gozira Special LP is almost the same but doesn't have all the tracks from the 7"s and it has a couple different live tracks. The Tokyo Rockers and Tokyo New Wave LPs are both good. The "New Wave" one isn't at all new wave. Too bad more new wave didn't sound like this. A compilation CD recently came out compiling tracks from bands on the Pass label. Much of it is arty sounding but still good. Less well known but still interesting are Speed and the Roosters. I'm generally not much of a fan of Japanese hardcore. Kikeiji, Masturbation and the first Comes LP I like but that's about as far as it goes.

 
Aburadako                  7" flexi (ADK-05) (c1983)
                           6 song 12" (ADK Recs)(c1983)
                           blue vinyl 12" EP (title in Japanese) (c1984)
                           LP (1985)
                           live (19/12/83)
                           live at Shijuku Jam studio (7/13/84)
                           live (from promo tape) (c1984)
Aggressive Dogs            Dizzy Life 7" flexi
                           Give A Blow +3 flexi
                           If You Please EP
AM 4:00                    10" EP (1980)
American Soul Spiders      Spanish Doll +2 EP
                           Lazy Cowgirls +1 7"
Anarchy                    Not Satisfied +1 7" (1980)
                           s/t LP (1980)
                           80 Ishin LP (1980)
                           Tokyo's Burning LP (1981)
                           Ready Steady Go LP (1982)
                           Anarchy Live LP (1982)
                           Anarchism LP (1982)
                           Rebel Yell LP (1983)
                           Deracines LP (1984)
                           Beat Up Generation LP (1985)  
Angry Ducks                Drinkin' & Drivin'/Kids Are Innocent 7" (c1983) 
Anode/Cathode              Punkanachrock 7" (c1980)
Aunt Sally                 s/t LP (1979)
                           Live 1978-1979 CD
Bad Vultures               Gang Up EP (1984) 
Baws                       Like Let's Have A Ball! flexi (c1984) 
Benitokage                 The Destroyer +3 EP (c1977)
Bitousha                   Hiromi's Party EP flexi (1984)  
Bones                      In A Sick Society EP (1985) 
Boys Boys                  Control Tower/Monkey Monkey 7" (1980) 
Cobra                      demo (1983)
                           1984 EP (1984)
                           Indie Omnibus '82-'86 CD
Comes                      No Side LP (c1984)
                           Power Never Die 12" (c1986)  
Coward                     For Idiot +2 EP (1984)
Crackerjacks               EP (c1984) 
Dead Cops                  Kill The Cops 7" flexi
Disarray                   Social Victim +6 flexi
Doc-01                     Last Punk Rocker +2 EP (1985)
Earthling                  Slow Down The World +1 7" 
E.D.P.S.                   Death Composition 8" EP (1982)
                           Edges of Dream LP (1984)
                           Blue Sphinx LP+flexi (1983)
                           Dec. 14th 83 - May 27th 84 LP (1984)  
8 1/2                      Memoire 7" (1980)
Endo, Michiro              2 song 7" [titles in Japanese] (1985)
                           Lucky Boy +1 7" (1987)
                           Ameyujutotechitekenja 12" (1985)
                           Hasan LP (1986)
                           Vietnam Legend LP (1986)
                           Terminal LP (1987) 
Michiro, Get the Help!     Get The Help, 1985 Sex 7" (1985)
                           Odyssey 1985 Sex 12" EP (1985)
                           Odyssey 1985 Sex II 12" EP (1985)
                           Get The Help 12" (1985)  
Execute                    A-Z +9 flexi (1983)
                           Finale +3 EP (1983)
Fifi & The Mach III        s/t 2x10" (1998)
Flesh                      One Take/In The System 7" (1979)
Freedom//Last Revolution   7" 
Friction                   Crazy Dream +2 EP (1979)
                           Pistol/I Can Tell 7" (1980)
                           Live 10" (1980)
                           s/t LP (1980)
                           Skin Deep LP (1982)
                           Live At "Ex Mattatoio" in Roma LP (1985)
                           Replicant Walk LP
                           Dumb Numb CD (Live 1989)
                           Live CD [recorded 1980] (1996)
                           live (11/18/78)
                           live (Yaneura, Tokyo, 1979/09/20)
                           live (Club Modern, Kyoto, 1980/05/01)
                           live (13/2/83)
                           live (14/4/83)
                           live (30/8/83)
Fuck Geez                  Cut It Off flexi (1983)
                           Punk Rock De Umetukuse 7"+flexi (1986) 
Gai                        Extermination 7"
Gasmask                    4 track 7" (1984)
Gasoline                   s/t LP (1997) 
Gauze                      Fuck Heads LP (c1984) 
Genbaku Onanies            1.EP (1984)
                           Onanies At Last 12" (1987)  
G.I.S.M.                   Human Condition LP [1984-86 material comp]
                           s/t CD [still another comp of 1984-86 material]  
G-Zet                      12" EP (ADK-14) (c1984)
Headless                   Headless +5 7" flexi (1984)
Hovlakin                   live (Doshiya University, 27/11/80)
Inu                        Meshu Kuuna LP
Jet Boys                   Get Out My Girl +2 EP
Jungles                    Break Bottle +2 EP
Kenji                      Leostar 8 EP (1984) 
Kenzi & The Trips          Kangaroo LP (1989) 
Kikeiji                    Pressure flexi (1984)
                           Hello-Goodbye EP (1985)
                           1982-1994 CD [all 4 7"s + 1 unreleased song]
                           live [date and source unknown]
Kremlin                    A Mad Stone/Rebel Point 7" (1985)
Kyah                       Slapdash EP (1985)
Laughin' Nose              Pussy For Sale LP (1984)  
                           s/t LP (1985)  
                           Laughin' Roll LP (1986)
                           Indie Omnibus 81-85 CD [1st EP, 2nd 7" (I Can't Trust
                             A Woman/Get The Glory), 2 comp/1 unreleased tracks]
Lip Cream                  s/t EP (1984)
                           Kill The IBM CS
                           Kill The IBM LP ["reissue"]
                           Nightrider More Than Fight EP
                           Kill Ugly Pop LP (1985)
                           s/t LP
Lizard                     s/t LP (1979) 
                           Gymnopedia LP (1987) [recorded 1981]
Loods                      Loud Machine 12" EP (c1984)
                           Stop Fuckin' Around LP (1985) 
L.S.D.                     Just Last EP
                           Zouaku Sensou +4 EP (1983)
Tsunematsu Masatoshi       s/t 12" EP (1980)  
Masturbation               Machine Sex +1 flexi (c1983)
                           EP (ADK-01) (1983)
                           12" EP (ADK-21) (c1984)  
Mirrors                    Shogeki X 7" (1978)
                           Out Of Order/Block Out 7" (1979) 
Syoichi Miyazawa           Christ wa umagoya de umareta/Me Me 7" (1982)
Mobs                       demo (1983)
                           Diabolism EP (1984)
Mods                       News Beat/Knife & Pistol flexi (1981)
                           ?/Two Punks (live) (1983) 7"
                           ?/Pogo Dancing 7" (1984)
                           Gang Rocker 12" EP (1983)
                           Fight or Flight LP (1981)
                           News Beat LP (1981)
                           Look Out LP (1982)
                           Hands Up LP (1983)
                           Corner LP  
Mr. Kite                   Live Innocent CD (2001) [live 1978-79]
Onna                       2 songs (Jap titles) (Stalin related band) (1983) 
Outo                       Many Question, Poison Answer EP
                           Half Wit Life EP
                           No Way Out EP
                           19 song LP [1st 3 7" + more]   
Pablo Picasso              Shigaisen/Not Movin' 7" (1981)
Phantom Rats               Shake Shake Shake 10" (1995)
                           Kiss Me Now LP (1998)
Plastics                   Robot/Copy 7" (1980)
                           Origato Plastico LP (1980)
                           Welcome Back LP+flexi (1981) 
Raydios                    Original Demo Recordings LP (1999)
Registrators               Terminal Boredom LP (1996)
                           Singles LP (2001) [comp. of 1994-95 7" tracks]
Renzokusyasatsuma          Ai shite hoshii/G-senjo no Aria 7" (1980)
Roosters                   s/t LP (1980)
                           Insane LP (1981)
                           CMC +3 12" (1983) 
                           Nurnberg De Sasayaite 12" (1982)
                           DIS LP (1983)
                           Unreleased LP (1987, recorded 1980)
Rose Rose                  Stop Laugh 8" EP (1985)
                           Skatehead '88 7" (1988)
Rouge                      Live 1976 CD (1998)
Sadist                     3 song EP (1989)
Samurai                    Coin Locker Baby +6 EP (1983)
Shala                      s/t flexi (1985) 
Sheena & The Rokkets       Pin-Up Baby Blues LP (1981)
Sleez Sisters              7"
Smile Locomotion           demo and 7" (c1982)
                           Best (1982-83 material)
                           live (19/8/82, on CD, released 1996)
Speed                      Kiss Off LP (1981)  
SS                         The Original SS 12" EP [recorded 1979]
                           Live CD [12" tracks + more, recorded 1979] 
Stalin                     Dendo Kokeshi flexi [original] (1980)
                           Dendo Kokeshi flexi [reissue, new b-side] (1984)
                           Stalinism EP (1981)
                           Romantic/Light My Fire 7" (1982)
                           Allergy/ No Fun 7" (1982)
                           Nothing +1 7" (1983)
                           Trash LP (1981)
                           Stop Jap LP+flexi (1982)
                           Go Go Stalin 12" (1983)
                           Mushi LP (1983)
                           Fish Inn LP (1984)
                           For Never 2LP [live] (1985)
                           Stalinism LP [= Dendo Kokeshi flexi orig. issue, 
                             Stalinism EP, 2 Fish Inn LP tracks, MRR 1984 comp 
                             track] (1987) 
                           Sakhalin Smile LP (1999) [1980-84 collection]
                           live (Loft, Tokyo, 1981/12/27)
Star Club                  Go To Hell EP (1977)
                           1977 Bootleg CS (1979)
                           Club Take One EP (1981)
                           Shut Up EP (1982)
                           Hello New Punks EP (1982)
                           Front Line/The Unknown Soldier 7" (1983)
                           Anoko Ni Hitomebore flexi (1984)
                           Hello New Punks/Bodies 7" (1984)
                           Same Night (flexi) (1985)
                           Jeff (flexi) (1986)
                           Bodies/ Blitzkrieg Bop [live] (flexi) (1987)
                           Aggressive Teens/Bodies 7" (1987)
                           Toll Gate Ahead 10" (1980)
                           Live Hot & Cool LP (1983)
                           Hello New Punks LP+flexi (1984)
                           Punk Punk Punk LP (1985)
                           Final Count LP (1986)
                           Ground Zero LP (1986)
                           The Very Best of The Star Club (LP+flexi) and CD
                             [some different songs on each] (1987)
                           God Save The Punk Rock LP (1987)
                           Rock'n'Roll Rider LP (1988)
                           Solid Fist LP (1989)
                           Radical Real Rock LP (1989)
                           1977-1984 Box Set (1984)
                           Cool Posers LP (1999) [collection of EP tracks]
                           live (12/1/82)
                           live (Tokyo, 1989)
Stripper                   Dry's Dry +3 EP
Strummers                  Running On The Wild Side CD (1989)
Swankys                    R&R History Fuck Off flexi
                           Best of Lifestyle 12" 
                           Never Can Eat LP
                           Very Best of Hero LP
                           Never Can Eat Swanky Dinner CD (1987)
                           demos (1985) 
                           Mad Punk Life CD-R [12 tracks from Very Best Of Hero 
                             LP (1985) and Best Of 2 EP (4 tracks) (1985)] 
Tam                        7" + Flexi (ADK-03) (c1983) 
Teengenerate               Savage 10" (1993)
                           Get Action! LP (1994)
                           Smash Hits LP (1995)
Teengenerate//Bum          split EP
Teengenerate//Ripoffs      split EP 
3/3                        s/t LP (1977)
                           live (9/15/76 and 2/25/77, pre Friction)
Totsuzen Danball           2 songs (Jap titles) 7" (1980)  
Trash                      EP (c1985) 
Typhus                     s/t flexi (1981) 
                           Live Take (demo tape)
                           Studio Live (28 October 1980)
Ultra Bide                 God Is God, Puke Is Puke LP (1995) 
Vomits                     Reckless Cow 7" flexi (1984)
Willard                    3 Years +2 flexi (1982)
                           Soldier Song +4 EP (1983)
                           Congratulation/Hit Or Miss 7" (1984)
                           Outlaw EP (1984)
                           God Evening Wonderful Fiend LP (1985)
                           Gone With The Wind 2LP [compilation of 1983-88 
                             recordings] (1989) 
Zelda                      Asura/Sonata 815 7"
                           Mackintosh-Popout +2 EP (1981)
                           5 song EP
                           live (Nagoya 2/5/81)
                           live (in studio) (17/10/82)
Zolge                      Crisis My Guest LP (1984)
Zouo                       The Final Agony EP (1984) 

COMPILATIONS

Best of Heroes CD (1991) 
  [Swankys / Lydia Cats / Mess / Confuse / The Drill / Mercurys / Bastry Backs /
   Last Child / Spunky Boys / Space Invaders / Speakers / Mega Scum] 
Burst City LP (1982) 
  [soundtrack LP with several bands I don't know the names of yet] 
City Rockers LP (1982) 
  [Gauze / Isolation / Radical / Nursery Rhyme] 
Crack! CD (1979-81)
  [all Gozira label 7"s + live]
  (slightly different than Gozira Special LP)
Gozira Special LP (1983) 
  [Mirrors / Maria 023 / Flesh / etc] 
Great Punk Hits LP (1983) 
Hardcore Unlawful Assembly LP (1984) 
  [Laughin' Nose / Mobs / Cobra / Lip Cream / GISM / Outo / Baws / Zouo] 
Neo Punk & Disorderly - ADK Omnibus Vol. 2 (ADK-08) (1983) 
  [Gabell / Molugu / Glycerin / Crime Fighter) 
Oi of Japan LP (1985) 
  [New Roteeka / Peate's / Bad Vultures / Cockney Cocks / Bull The Dogs / Loo's
   Halloween / Wanderers / Cracker Jacks / S.A.]
Oi of Japan Vol. 2 (1986-90 recordings) 
  [Mamat's / Baseball Furies / Cockney Cocks / Real / Gruesome / Index / Bugs 
   Bunny / Wanderers / Doc Oi / Baws / Shuffle]
Outsider City Rocker LP (1982) 
  [Gauze / G.I.S.M. / Masturbation / etc] 
Pass Records 1980-1981 Compilation CD 
  [Friction / Phew / Totsuzen Danball / Boys Boys / Gunjogacrayon / Tsunematsu 
   Masatoshi] 
The Punx CS (1985) / LP (2001 "reissue" of cassette)
  [Laughin' Nose / Gas / GISM / Willard / Lip Cream / Cobra] 
Rebel Street LP (1982) 
[E.D.P.S. / Lizard / Chance of Operation / etc.] 
Tokyo New Wave LP (1979)  
Tokyo Rockers LP (1979)  
Tokyo Trashville CD (1995) 
  [Teengenerate / Guitar Wolf / etc]
Voice LP (1987) 
  [Stalin / E.D.P.S. / Allergy / Aburadako / Inu / Star Club / Boowy / Lizard / 
   Laughin' Nose / Accidents]
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