Stunning J-Rock Albums

Collection by Pete Clark

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My top albums fresh from the land of the rising sun and where rock music merges with both brutal insanity and 'cute culture'.

Pete Clark
--------------Mika Bomb - The Fake Fake Sound of Mikabomb-------------- London/Tokyo garage punk done in the best possible way. Hard, fast, no messing about with some catchy-as-fuck two-minute wonders. Top Albums, Rock Music, Tokyo, Garage, Punk, London, Drive Way, Tokyo Japan, Rock

--------------Mika Bomb - The Fake Fake Sound of Mikabomb-------------- London/Tokyo garage punk done in the best possible way. Hard, fast, no messing about with some catchy-as-fuck two-minute wonders.

----------Molice - Catalystrock---------- A sumptuous blend of new wave guitar pop, funky rhythms and ethereal vocals. The instrumentation is very stripped and simple, but it's tighter than a gnat's ass and sounds fantastic. Rubber Soul, Top Albums, Indie Music, Cool Things To Buy, Stuff To Buy, Music Games, Rock Music, Best Deals, Image

----------Molice - Catalystrock---------- A sumptuous blend of new wave guitar pop, funky rhythms and ethereal vocals. The instrumentation is very stripped and simple, but it's tighter than a gnat's ass and sounds fantastic.

- Antenna----- While a later Gogo release, I love the renewed creative experimentation of styles on this album, while still maintaining an overtly pop sound as picked up during the 'Parade' album. Music Covers, Album Covers, Pop Albums, Pop Music, Graphic Design Inspiration, Japanese, Rock, My Love, Unique

-----GO!GO!7188 - Antenna----- While a later Gogo release, I love the renewed creative experimentation of styles on this album, while still maintaining an overtly pop sound as picked up during the 'Parade' album.

Surprisingly good mix of J-Pop and Heavy Metal, very entertaining. Metal Girl, Baby Metal, J Pop, Heavy Metal Bands, Girl Bands, Cd Album, Debut Album, Thrasher, Date

-------------Babymetal - S/T------------- What to say? I'm converted. Some of the choruses still churn the chees-o-meter to 11, yet there's no escaping the catchy hooks, clever instrumentation, and a very mature performance from the leading lady.

----Guitar Wolf - Jet Generation ---- A masterful lesson in how to make noise truly free-spirited and fun. Tool Design, Design Process, Secret Photo, Top Albums, Riot Grrrl, Japanese Poster, Japanese Graphic Design, Design Girl, Cg Art

----Guitar Wolf - Jet Generation ---- A masterful lesson in how to make noise truly free-spirited and fun.

-Noodles - Cover Me Shakespeare- Haunting, new-wavey pop-rock with oodles of charm. and oodles of noodles. Top Albums, Album Releases, Pop Rocks, Shakespeare, Rock Music, Album Covers, Noodles, Indie, Youtube

-Noodles - Cover Me Shakespeare- Haunting, new-wavey pop-rock with oodles of charm... and oodles of noodles.

The cover of Japanese rock group Shonen Knife's 1998 album Happy Hour, designed by Yoshimoto Nara. Pop Albums, Great Albums, Neo Pop, Yoshitomo Nara, Superflat, Riot Grrrl, Ppr, Japan Art, Japanese Artists

----Shonen Knife - Happy Hour---- This SK album released at the end of the 90's has, for me, the quintessential Shonen Knife vibe. Unrelentingly nonsensical and happy, half of the songs are about food, so don't expect any 'deep meaning' here. The guitars sound beefy, the mix is loud - they truly have never sounded better. If you aren't bopping about like a loon to 'Banana Chips' after the first chorus, you have no soul.

-----------------------TsuShiMaMiRe - Nomisou Shortcake----------------------- Quite simply, the best EP by a band I have ever heard. Seven songs with punk, jazz, hard rock, metal, rapping, pop, a *good* ballad and funk. A variety performance if ever there was one, and one that leaves you yearning for more. Top Albums, Yearning, Rock Music, Hard Rock, Songs, Jazz, Walmart, Leaves, Pop

-----------------------TsuShiMaMiRe - Nomisou Shortcake----------------------- Quite simply, the best EP by a band I have ever heard. Seven songs with punk, jazz, hard rock, metal, rapping, pop, a *good* ballad and funk. A variety performance if ever there was one, and one that leaves you yearning for more.

------Otona no Kimochi - Pugs------ One of Hoppy Kamiyama's projects with the insanely talented vocals of Honey K. Pugs albums are hard to come by outside Japan, but alternatively, their sole overseas compilation 'Bite the Red Knee', features most of the songs from this brilliantly mad album. Top Albums, Rock Music, Pugs, The Outsiders, Mad, Honey, Japan, Projects, Log Projects

------Otona no Kimochi - Pugs------ One of Hoppy Kamiyama's projects with the insanely talented vocals of Honey K. Pugs albums are hard to come by outside Japan, but alternatively, their sole overseas compilation 'Bite the Red Knee', features most of the songs from this brilliantly mad album.

-----------Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchesta - World Famous----------- While perhaps not as 'World Famous' as they claim, this album sure does feel like a band who everyone should know. Catchy, silly and fun; exceptionally talented. This collection of songs was first brought to my attention from a crazy Playstation 1 game called 'Incredible Crisis'. Top Albums, Game Calls, World Famous, Rock Music, Tokyo, Bring It On, The Incredibles, Songs, Ska

-----------Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchesta - World Famous----------- While perhaps not as 'World Famous' as they claim, this album sure does feel like a band who everyone should know. Catchy, silly and fun; exceptionally talented. This collection of songs was first brought to my attention from a crazy Playstation 1 game called 'Incredible Crisis'.

------------------------Judy and Mary - The Power Source------------------------ How many gigantic, mega-hits can we fit onto one album? From 'Classic' to 'Sobakasu', this is probably JAM's most consistantly excellent album. Judy And Mary, Infinity Band, Top Albums, Birthday Songs, Resistance Band Exercises, Band Aid, Pumping Iron, Chara, Amazon

------------------------Judy and Mary - The Power Source------------------------ How many gigantic, mega-hits can we fit onto one album? Plenty. From 'Classic' to 'Sobakasu', this is probably JAM's most consistantly excellent album.

---------Puffy - Fever*Fever--------- Stunningly written pop tunes that flow lovingly through this record, yet sounds less 'big' than previous and future efforts. This still doesn't detract from the fact I still find this to be Puffy's finest album. Top Albums, Rock Music, Disney Characters, Fictional Characters, Disney Princess, Cute, Flow, Sony, Japanese

---------Puffy - Fever*Fever--------- Stunningly written pop tunes that flow lovingly through this record, yet sounds less 'big' than previous and future efforts. This still doesn't detract from the fact I still find this to be Puffy's finest album.

--------The Blue Hearts - S/T--------This punk outfit had the live intensity of the Sex Pistols and melodic charms of the Clash. Their debut album is still probably the best one. 80s Punk, Top Albums, Punk Outfits, The Clash, Debut Album, Blue Hearts, Rock Music, Digital, Pistols

--------The Blue Hearts - S/T--------This mid-80s punk outfit had the live intensity of the Sex Pistols and melodic charms of the Clash. Their debut album is still probably the best one.

-----TsuShiMaMiRe - A, Umi Da----- One of the most amazing blends of terrifying female aggression fused with bouncy, bubblegum pop music you are ever likely to hear. Bubblegum Pop, Top Albums, Pop Music, Rock, Cute, Painting, Fictional Characters, Female, Amazing

-----TsuShiMaMiRe - A, Umi Da----- One of the most amazing blends of terrifying female aggression fused with bouncy, bubblegum pop music you are ever likely to hear.

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