Takarajima’s top 20 Japanese rock albums (1992)

The Japanese magazine, Takarajima, published a special edition in 1992 about the history of Japanese rock. It featured a survey of 59 individuals related in some fashion to the Japanese music world asking each for their top five picks for all-time great Japanese rock album. Here were the results. Links go to available Wikipedia entries in English and Japanese respectively. Discussion follows.

1. Sadistic Mika Band: Kurofune
サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: 黒船
1974

2. Yellow Magic Orchestra: Solid State Survivor
イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ: ソリッド・ステイト・サヴァイヴァー
1979

3. Friction: Atsureki
フリクション: 軋轢
1980

4. Hosono Haruomi: Paraiso
細野晴臣: はらいそ
1978

5. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku Sokuhatsu
四人囃子: 一触即発
1974

6. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman
はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん
1971

7: Inu: Meshi Kuu Na!
INU: メシ喰うな!
1981

8: Happy End: Happy End
はっぴいえんど: はっぴいえんど
1970

9: RC Succession: Rhapsody
RC
サクセション: ラプソディー
1980

10: Lizard: Lizard
リザード: リザード
1979

11: Hadaka no Rallies: Les Rallizes Denudes ’77 LIVE
裸のラリーズ:
Les Rallizes Denudes ’77 LIVE
1991

12: Inoue Yosui: Koori no Sekai
井上陽水: 氷の世界
1973

13: Jacks: Vacant World
ジャックス: ジャックスの世界
1968

14: Chikada Haruo & HARUOPHON: Dengekiteki Tokyo
近田春夫&ハルヲフォン: 電撃的 東京
1978

15: Murahachibu: Live
村八分:ライブ
1973

16: The Mods: Fight or Flight
The Mods [ザ・モッズ]: Fight or Flight
1981

17: P-Model: In a Model Room
P-Model: In a Model Room
1979

18: Flower Travellin’ Band: Satori
フラワー・トラベリン・バンド: Satori
1971

19: Endo Kenji: Fumetsu no Otoko
遠藤賢司: 不滅の男
1991

20: Moonriders: Mania Maniera
ムーンライダーズ: マニア・マニエラ
1982

The Takarajima editor’s note interpreting the results observes that the top two vote getters had overseas value (as did #18). Happy End and RC Succession heralded the beginnings of so-called “Nihongo Rock.” And Friction, Lizard, and Inu were all leaders in the punk/new wave movement that changed the Japanese rock scene forever.

Clearly, this list reflects its time (where are The Blue Hearts? X-Japan? Guitar Wolf?). But it doesn’t necessarily reflect a consensus, even fifteen years ago. Takarajima also offered looks at the votes of each of the 59 individuals surveyed. I’l be spending the next few weeks looking at those responses one at a time.

 

 

 

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