Top five picks (31-60)

Takahashi Kentaro, music critic [高橋健太郎:音楽評論家]
1. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman [はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん] (1971)
2. Sadistic Mika Band: Kurofune [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: 黒船] (1974)
3. Chikada Haruo: Heavy [近田春夫: HEAVY] (1987)
4. Jagatara: Sorekara [じゃがたら:それから] (1989)
5. Sandii: Mercy [サンディ:MERCY] (1990)
Takahashi, pop theoretician, serves up some fairly conventional picks with a nod toward worldbeat (Jagatara, Sandii).
Takahashi Ryuuichi, music critic [高橋竜一:音楽評論家]
1. Food Brain: Bansan [フード・ブレイン: 晩餐] (1970)
2. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman [はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん] (1971)
3. Shiba: Aoisora no Hi [シバ:青い空の日] (1972)
4. Sadistic Mika Band: Sadistic Mika Band [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: サディスティック・ミカ・バンド] (1973)
5. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku sokuhatsu [四人囃子: 一触即発] (1974)
Takahashi’s fairly conventional new music picks include one from psychedelic supergroup, Food Brain, and one from singer-songwriter, Shiba.
Tanaka Yuji, free editor [田中雄二:フリーエディター]
1. Chakra: Satekoso [チャクラ:さてこそ] (1981)
2. Plastics: Welcome Back Plastics [プラスティックス:ウェルカムバック・プラスチックズ] (1980)
3. Yoninbayashi: Golden Picnics [四人囃子: ゴールデンピクニックス] (1976)
4. YMO: X∞Multiplies [イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ:増殖 ] (1980)
Tanaka, blogger, best known for his work on Japanese electronica, stays true to form with his four picks.

“Dictionary,” Editorial section [ディクショナリー: 編集部]
1. YMO: 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)
2. Snakeman Show: Isoide kuchi de sue [スネークマン・ショー: 急いで口で吸え] (1981)
3. Yamashita Tatsuro: Melodies [山下達郎:Melodies] (1983)
4. Plastics: Origato Plastico [プラスティックス:オリガト・プラスチコ] (1980)
5. Melon: Deep Cut [メロン:ディープ・カット] (1987)
“Dictionary’s” picks are straightforward electropop, with some comedy (Snakeman Show) and singer-song writer pop thrown in.
Toshi Tanaka, Rockin editor [トシ田中:ロックン・エディター]
1. Panta: Kristal Nacht [パンタ:クリスタル・ナハト] (1987)
2. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku sokuhatsu [四人囃子: 一触即発] (1974)
3. The Stalin: Stop Jap [ザ・スターリンストップ・ジャップ] (1982)
4. Yoshino Daisaku & Prostitute: Ushiro sugata no sutekina bokutachi [吉野大作&プロスティテュート:後ろ姿の素敵な僕たち] (1985)
5. Kina Shoukichi & Champloose: Bloodline [喜納昌吉 & チャンプルーズ: ブラッド・ライン] (1980)
Tanaka’s picks are eclectic, leading with Panta’s memorial to the events of 1938, and proceeding through the prog rock of Yoninbayashi, the hardcore punk of Stalin, the postpunk of Yoshino Daisaku, and the Okinawan pop of Shoukichi Kina.
Torii Gaku, rock critic [鳥井賀句: ロック・クリティック]
1. Jacks: Vacant World [ ジャックス: ジャックスの世界] (1968)
2. Zunou Keisatsu: Zunou Keisatsu [頭脳警察:頭脳警察] (1972)
3. Murahachibu: Live [村八分:ライヴ] (1973)
4. RC Succession: Single Man [RCサクセション: シングルマン] (1976)
5. Inu: Meshi Kuu Na! [ INU: メシ喰うな!] (1981)
Writer, producer, DJ, musician, translator, and cat fancier, Torii, who produced the Tokyo New Wave ‘79 compilation and participated in the production of the Inu record, picks some conventional rockers.
Nakagome Tomoko, writer [中込智子:ライター]
1. Inu: Meshi Kuu Na! [ INU: メシ喰うな!] (1981)
2. P-Model: In a Model Room [P-Model: In a Model Room] (1979)
3. Kenzi: Bravo Johnny wa konya mo happy end [ケンヂ:ブラボー・ジョニーは今夜もハッピーエンド](1986)
4. VA: Tokyo Rockers [東京ロッカズ] (1979)
5. VA: City Rockers [シティー・ロッカズ] (?)
Writer and television personality, Nakagome, picks from the punk/new wave/indies scene.
Nakamura Toshio, hissatsu meiban fukkoku jin [中村俊夫:必殺名盤復刻人]
1. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku sokuhatsu [四人囃子: 一触即発] (1974)
2. Sadistic Mika Band: Kurofune [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: 黒船] (1974)
3. Flower Travellin’ Band: Made in Japan [フラワー・トラベリン・バンド: Made in Japan] (1972)
4. Zunou Keisatsu: Zunou Keisatsu 2 [頭脳警察:頭脳警察2] (1972)
5. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman [はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん] (1971)
Nakamura’s picks are conventional early 1970s rock.
Nara Hiroaki, novelist [奈良裕明: 小説家]
1. Panta: PANTAX’S WORLD [パンタ: PANTAX’S WORLD] (1976)
2. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku sokuhatsu [四人囃子: 一触即発] (1974)
3. Chikada Haruo & HARUOPHON: Dengekiteki Tokyo [近田春夫&ハルヲフォン: 電撃的 東京] (1978)
4. Moonriders: Camera=Mannenhitsu [ムーンライダーズ: カメラ=万年筆] (1980)
5. Roosters: Four Pieces [ルースターズ:FOUR PIECES] (1988)

Nara, who wrote the award-winning comic novel, Chin-Don-Jan, is fairly conventional in his choice of artists, though a little unusual in his choice of specific works.

Nanbu Yuuichi, Stock Orientation Representative [南部裕一: スタックオリエンテーション代表]
1. EP-4: Lingua Franca 1 [EP-4: リンガ・フランカ1] (1983)
2. EP-4: Multilevel Holarchy [EP-4: マルチレーベル・ホラーキー] (1983)
3. Zigzag: Mad Power [ZIGZAG: マッド・パワー] (1981)
4. VA: Awa [VA: Awa] (1980?)
5. Lizard: Lizard [ リザード: リザード] (1980)
Nanbu is being willfully obscure, with two from indie funk band, EP-4, and another from legendary Kyoto punk band, Zigzag. Lizard is the only conventional pick. The “Awa” compilation comprised two discs worth of avant-garde material from Kansai bands.
Nemoto Takashi, “tokukabu” cartoonist [根本敬:特株漫画家]
1. Endo Kenji: Tokyo Wasshoi [遠藤賢司:東京ワッショイ] (1979)
2. Hadaka no Rallies: Les Rallizes Denudes ‘77 LIVE [裸のラリーズ: Les Rallizes Denudes ‘77 LIVE] (1991)
3. Yazawa Eikichi: Goldrush [矢沢永吉: ゴールドラッシュ] (1978)
4. Uchida Yuya: Saraba aishiki hito yo [内田裕也:さらば愛しき人よ] (1981)
5. Totsuzen Danball: Naritatsu ka na? [突然段ボール:成り立つかな] (1981)
Nemoto, underground cartoonist, picks from all over the stylistic map. Endo’s folk rock, Les Rallizes’ noise psych, Yazawa’s pop rock, Uchida’s classic rock, and the post-punk of Totsuzen Danball.
Nohji Yuko, music writer [能地祐子 音楽ライター]
1. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman [はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん] (1971)
2. Moonriders: Camera=Mannenhitsu [ムーンライダーズ: カメラ=万年筆] (1980)
3. Ohtaki Eichi: A Long Vacation [大滝詠一:A LONG VACATION] (1981)
4. Sano Motoharu: No Damage [佐野元春:ノーダメージ] (1983)
5. Unicorn: Kedamono no Arashi [ユニコーンケダモノの嵐] (1990)
Nohji’s picks are fairly conventional. The (pop rock) Ohtaki, Sano, and Unicorn picks would probably be included in best of lists today.
Hagiwara Kenta, music critic [萩原健太: 音楽評論家]
1. Ohtaki Eichi: Niagara Moon [大滝詠一:NIAGARA MOON] (1981)
2.
Sugar Babe: Songs [シュガーベイブ:ソングス] (1975)
3. Arai Yumi: Misslim [荒井由美ミスリム] (1974)
4. Hosono Haruomi: Bon Voyage Co. [細野晴臣: 泰安洋行] (1976)
5. Yazawa Eikichi: Door o akeru [矢沢永吉: ドアを開ける] (1977)
Hagiwara, leading rock critic, record producer, and TV personality, picks from the softer rocking new music era.
Haruna Genki, Heartland (talent agency) Representative Director [春名源基: ハートランド代表取締役]
1. Inoue Yosui: Koori no Sekai [井上陽水: 氷の世界] (1973)
2. Yamashita Tatsuro: For you [山下達郎:フォー・ユー] (1982)
3. Carol: Funky Monkey Baby [キャロル: ファンキー・モンキー・ベイビー] (1973)
4. Sano Motoharu: Heart Beat [佐野元春:ハートビート] (1981)
5. Watanabe Misato: Lovin’ you [渡辺美里:ラヴィン
ユー] (1986)
Haruna, who managed Sano and Watanabe early in their careers, goes for the singer-songwriters (with retro-rockers, Carol, thrown in).
Hirayama Yuuichi, WOO Music newsroom [平山雄一: WOO音楽情報室]
1. ARB: Bad News [A.R.B.: バード・ニュース] (1980)
2. Happy End: Kazemachi Roman [はっぴいえんど: 風街ろまん] (1971)
3. Sano Motoharu: Visitors [佐野元春:ビジターズ] (1984)
4.
BOØWY:BOØWY [BOØWY: BOØWY] (1985)
5. Flipper’s Guitar: Camera! Camera! Camera! [フリッパーズ ギター:カメラ! カメラ! カメラ!] (1990)
Hirayama throws in an oldy (Happy End), and a new one (Flipper’s Guitar–Camera! was actually the single from Camera Talk), but is mainly focused on commercial rock from the early 1980s.

Hoshina Yoshihiro, rock writer [保科好宏:ロックライター]
1. Sandii & the Sunsetz: Immigrants [サンディ&ザ・サンセッツ:イミグランツ] (1982)
2. Yoninbayashi: Isshoku sokuhatsu [四人囃子: 一触即発] (1974)
3. YMO: 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)
4. Sadistic Mika Band: Kurofune [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: 黒船] (1974)
5. Unicorn: Hige to Boin [ユニコーンヒゲとボイン] (1991)
Hoshina, best known for his book on The Who, wrote the liner notes for the Yoninbayashi record. His picks are somewhat conventional, plus Sandii’s ethno-new wave and Unicorn’s power pop.
Matsuzawa Kureichi, Institute for Research in Human Happiness (new religion)[松沢呉一 :幸福の科学者]
1. Friction: Atsureki [フリクション: 軋轢] (1980)
2. P-Model: In a Model Room [P-Model: In a Model Room] (1979)
3. Inu: Meshi Kuu Na! [ INU: メシ喰うな!] (1981)
4. Jagatara: Hadaka no Ohsama [じゃがたら:裸の王様] (1987)
5. A-Musik: MKWAJU [A-MUSIK: ムクワジュ]
Ero-writer, Matsuzawa, goes for the punk/new wave picks, including one ultra-obscure release by political noise-maker, A-MUSIK.
Maruyama Shigeo, EPIC Sony Record Division Chief [丸山茂雄 : EPICソニーレコード本部長]
1. Yoshida Takuro: Genki desu [吉田拓郎 元気です] (1972)
2. Yazawa Eikichi: I love you, OK [矢沢永吉: アイ・ラヴ・ユーOK] (1975)
3. Sentimental City Romance: Sentimental City Romance [センチメンタル・シティ・ロマンス:センチメンタル・シティ・ロマンス] (1975)
4. Sano Motoharu: Back to the Street [佐野元春:バックトゥストリート] (1980)
5.
The Mods: Fight or Flight [The Mods [ザ・モッズ]: Fight or Flight] (1981)
Maruyama, now better known for his role in developing the PlayStation, was an influential figure in corporate rock circles. With the exception of the punky Mods, he goes for commercial rock here–all released on his labels!
Miura Kenji, camera-man [三浦憲治: カメラマン]
1. YMO: Public Pressure [イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ: パブリック・プレッシャー] (1980)
2. Carol: Last Live [キャロル: ラスト・ライブ] (1975)
3. Sadistic Mika Band: Hot Menu [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: ] (1975)
4. Yuukadan: Yuukadan Live [憂歌団:憂歌団ライブ] (1975)
5. Yano Akiko: Gohan ga dekita yo! [矢野顕子:ごはんができたよ] (1980)
Miura, who recently worked on a photobook project with Tamio Okuda, is rather conventional in his band choices, though idiosyncratic in specifics (Hot Menu!).
Miura Jun, illustrator [みうらじゅん:イルストレーター]
1. Timers: The Timers [タイマーズ : ザ・タイマーズ] (1989)
2. Endo Kenji Band: Fumetsu no Otoko [遠藤賢司バンド:不滅の男] (1991)
3. Ueda Masaki & Ariyama Junji: Bochibochi ikoka [上田正樹有山淳司:ぼちぼちいこか] (1975)
4. Bo Gumbos: Bo & Gumbo [ボ・ガンボス:BO & GUMBO] (1989)
5. Oshima Nagisa: Iden & Titi [大島渚:アイデン&ティティ] (1990)
Miura, underground culture provocateur, makes some rootsy picks, including the faux New Orleans pop of Bo Gumbos. “Oshima Nagisa,” named after the director, was Miura’s Ikaten band. (He later toured as a member of the “Bronsons”–inspired by the macho stylings of the actor).
Minakami Haruko, music critic [水上はるこ音楽評論家 ]
1. YMO: 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)
2. Sakamoto Ryuichi: [坂本龍一B2-ユニット] (1983)
3. Jacks: Legend [ ジャックス: レジェンド] (1988)
4. Hamada Shogo: Umarete tokoro o tooku hanarete [浜田省吾生まれてところを遠く離れて] (1976)
5. Hamada Shogo: Love Train [浜田省吾ラブ・トレイン] (1977)
Minakami, who has written extensively about Western rock, is largely conventional in her picks, but shows a clear weakness for the pop idol rock of Shogo Hamada.Miyabe Kazuhiko, Inner Directs [宮部和彦:インナー・ディレクツ]
1. Flower Travellin’ Band: Satori [フラワー・トラベリン・バンド: Satori] (1971)
2. Panta & HAL: Malakka [パンタ&HAL: マラッカ] (1979)
3. The Mods: Fight or Flight [The Mods [ザ・モッズ]: Fight or Flight] (1981)
4. Hotei Tomoyasu : Guitarrhythm [布袋寅泰ギタリズム] (1988)
5. Boredoms: Soul Discharge [ボアダムズ:ソウル・デスチャージ] (1989)
Miyabe, of the indie label, Inner Directs, is very conventional until his last pick–the Boredoms!

Moriwaki Mikio, music critic [森脇美貴夫: 音楽評論家]
1. The Stalin: Mushi [ザ・スターリン] (1983)
2. Star Club: Punk! Punk! Punk! [スター・クラブ:パンク!パンク!パンク!] (1985)
3. Lizard: Lizard [ リザード: リザード] (1980)
4. Friction: Atsureki [フリクション: 軋轢] (1980)
5. G.I.S.M: Detestation [ギズム:ディテステション] (1983)
DOLL editor, Micky Moriwaki, goes for Japanese punk.

Yamakawa Kenichi, artist [山川健一:作家]
1. Panta: Kristal Nacht [パンタ:クリスタル・ナハト] (1987)
2. RC Succession: Rhapsody [RCサクセション: ラプソディー] (1980)
3. Dare ga kaba yanen rock ‘n roll show: Waoo… [誰がカバやねんロックンロールSHOW: WAOO…] (1980)
4. Sheena and the Rokkets: Synk Pack [シーナ&ロッケツ:真空パック] (1979)
5. Never Mind Troubles: So Much Trouble [ネヴァー・マインド・トラブルズ:ソー・マッチ・トラブル] (1992)
Author/musician, Yamakawa, makes two popular picks, adds new waver Sheena, and then goes for two idiosyncratic picks. “Dare ga cover yanen” is a Kansai rock band that had a TV show. Never Mind Troubles is Yamakawa’s own band. (He also wrote a book about Kristal Nacht).

Yuasa Manabu, member of the “Maboroshi Meiban Kaihou Doumei” [湯浅学:幻の名盤解放同盟員]
1. Hadaka no Rallies: Les Rallizes Denudes ‘77 LIVE [裸のラリーズ: Les Rallizes Denudes ‘77 LIVE] (1991)
2. Endo Kenji: Fumetsu no Otoko [遠藤賢司バンド:不滅の男] (1991)
3. Jacks: Vacant World [ ジャックス: ジャックスの世界] (1968)
4. Totsuzen Danball:Naritatsu ka na? [突然段ボール:成り立つかな] (1981)
5. Hovrakin: Indo no Toragari [ほぶらきん:インドの虎狩り] (1982)
Author/musician, Yuasa, offers an eclectic set of picks, including an album by Kansai art punkers, Hovrakin.
Yoshida Koji, Band Yarouze editor [吉田幸司:バンドやろうぜ編集部]
1. Gastunk: Dead Song [ガスタンク:デッド・ソング] (1985)
2. Newest Model: Soul Survivor no Gyakushuu [ニューエスト・モデル:ソウル・サバイバーの逆襲] (1989)
3. Nukey Pikes: Nukey Pikes [NUKEY PIKES: ニューキー・パイクス] (1991)
4. Outrage: The Final Day [アウトレイジ:ザ・ファイナル・デイ] (1991)
5. Gas Boys: Kyouretsu! Ogeretsu! Let’s Get Ill! [ガス・ボーイズ:キョーレツ!オゲレツ!レッツ・ゲット・イル!] (1991)
Koji, whose magazine (trans., “Let’s Start a Band!”) was a band boom staple, goes largely for punk/heavy metal with the rootsy Newest Model and hiphoppers, Gas Boys, thrown in.
Yoshihara Takahiro, music critic [吉原聖洋: 音楽評論家]
1. Moonriders: Mania Maniera [ムーンライダーズ: マニア・マニエラ] (1982)
2. Panta & HAL: 1980X [パンタ&HAL: 1980X] (1980)
3. Hosono Haruomi: Paraiso [細野晴臣: はらいそ] (1978)
4. Ohtaki Eichi, Yamashita Tatsuro, Ito Ginji: Niagara Triangle Vol 1 [大滝詠一,山下達郎,伊藤銀次:ナイアガラトライアングル VOL 1.] (1976)
5. Sadistic Mika Band: Kurobune [サディスティック・ミカ・バンド: 黒船] (1974)
Yoshihara offers fairly conventional new music picks.

Watanabe Toru, music critic [渡辺亨:音楽評論家 ]
1. Sugar Babe: Songs [シュガーベイブ:ソングス] (1975)
2. Yoshida Minako: Monsters in Town [吉田美奈子:モンスター・イン・タウン] (1981)
3. Hosono Haruomi: Bon Voyage Co. [細野晴臣: 泰安洋行] (1976)
4. Plastics: Welcome Plastics [プラスティックス:ウェルカム・プラスチックス] (1978)
5. Kosaka Chew: Horo [小坂忠: ほうろう] (1975)
Watanabe goes for the lighter, poppier side of things.
Watanabe Tadashi, owner of Fujiyama (Sangenjaya) [渡辺正:三軒茶屋フジヤマ店長]
1. Boredoms: Soul Discharge [ボアダムズ:ソウル・デスチャージ] (1989)
2. Inu: Meshi Kuu Na! [ INU: メシ喰うな!] (1981)
3. Ankoku Tairiku Jagatara: Nanban Torai [暗黒大陸じゃがたら:南蛮渡来] (1982)
4. Omoide Hatoba: Daiongaku [想い出波止場:大音楽] (1990)
5. Hovrakin: Hovrakin [ほぶらきん:ほぶらきん] (1982)
Legendary scene supporter, Watanabe, picks from the artier/noisier side of post punk, including Boredom Seiichi Yamamoto’s project, Omoide Hatoba.
Niwa Tetsuya, Takarajima editor [丹羽哲也:宝島編集部]
1. Machida Machizou: Doterai Yatsura [町田町蔵:どてらい奴ら] (1986)
2. Ill-bone: Shisha [イル・ボーン: 死者] (1985)
3. Mikami Kan: Bang! [三上寛:BANG!] (1975)
4. Fools: Weed War [フールズ:WEED WAR] (1984)
5. Hosono Haruomi: Cochin Moon [細野晴臣: コチンの月 ] (1978)
Bonus participant #60, Niwa goes for the eccentrics. (Ill-bone was a 1980s industrial/goth band).

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