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.
5. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku Sokuhatsu
10: Lizard: Lizard
14: Chikada Haruo & HARUOPHON: Dengekiteki Tokyo
近田春夫＆ハルヲフォン: 電撃的 東京
15: Murahachibu: Live
16: The Mods: Fight or Flight
The Mods [ザ・モッズ]: Fight or Flight
19: Endo Kenji: Fumetsu no Otoko
20: Moonriders: Mania Maniera
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.