Tuesday, July 5, 2011

GUERNICA-KAIZO HE NO YAKUDO, LP, 1982, JAPAN




More deeply peculiar mystery moves from eighties Japan, with the responsible parties here affecting the same daffy period pose deployed by Variete, but taken to their own very particular and wonderfully fucked up synth pop ends, with trilling female vocals dancing across queasy technicolor panoramas of plastically confected shangri-las and campily lachrymose melodrama. Perverted whimsy never sounded so winning.

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10 comments:

writerguy said...

The artist here is Jun Togawa.
The album is Kaizo Heno Yakudo and was released on the Guernica label.

Information about Jun Togawa can be found about her here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jun_Togawa

I believe this release was produced by Haruomi Hosono of YMO fame.

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DeL said...

Awesome ! Love those quirky early 80's japanese electro-pop gems. Jun Togawa rules. Thanks a lot for sharing this.

vdoandsound said...

writerguy-ummmm, no...the artist here is Guernica, of which this is the first of their four albums (three studio, one CD boxset with those three albums plus bonus cuts). See

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Guernica+%282%29

and

http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/%E3%82%B2%E3%83%AB%E3%83%8B%E3%82%AB


The Togawa Wiki page you cite lists this album under her discography on there with the word Guernica listed right next to it. Togawa's first album is actually Tamahime-Sama from '84.

writerguy said...

Well I got part of it right. Thanks for the update. writerguy

RickK said...

this is some wacky over the top shit. got any more?

Anonymous said...

Actually got a copy of this rather individual disc....got it from Recommended Mail Order in the eighties. I believe it was compared to Slapp Happy (?)

Anaël Honings said...

Is it me or the sound quality is really crappy and nobody noticed? :-p

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you've not connected this to other releases. This is Koji Ueno from Halmens and 8 1/2 and Jun Togawa from Yapoos (she did some backing vocals on the second Halmens album too). Ueno followed this up with Keiichi Ohta's "Jingai Daimakyo" (Ohta did album art, lyrics and general concept for this and the Guernica albums, but doesn't actually perform aside from a short voice-over). It's similar in style but better produced (not shitty home recordings), and features several guest singers (including Haruomi Hosono, Keiichi Suzuki and Koichi Makigami). Koji Ueno's 1985 "Music For Silent Movies" is another essential. There were 2 more Guernica albums recorded in an orchestral style.

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