Thursday, April 17, 2008

TORA, TORA, TORA! NIHON-JIN RAISHU! - 日本人来襲!!!

X-Japan are a rad Japanese band from the 80's. They are like the Nitro of the Land of the Rising Sun. I really like them and I rediscovered them in the last 2 months. They've been blasting in my office since. Anyway, I saw an awesome post on an Indonesian blog about a year ago and I thought you'd enjoy it. Nothing makes me laugh more than badly written English, which is funny 'cuz English is like my third language and I'm sure others laugh at my sad attempts to write it correctly.

This post may seem like MI staffers are becoming lazy. Afterall, it's nothing more than a repost from another blog. But it wasn't as easy as it sounds. First of all I had to find it again. I had seen this post months and months ago and it took me about 10 minutes to find it. That's like 4 years in Google time, you see? Second of all, I had to edit it for content. Finally I had to research all the facts, make sure all the information within was reliable and factual. I'm kidding, I didn't really do any of that.

Enjoy...






This band was occur since 1982 as the same year I born. I get to knew them in the year of 2003. I still remeber one of my colleague borrow me the Mp3 of X-Japan CD. It was quite awful when I starting to hear thier music but no choicelah coz my work place PC crash so have to format all over again and my mp3 all gone. I am so addicted to Japanese song although I dunno what the hell they are singing. So this were the first Japanese Heavy Metal band I have heard.

There were the 1st Japanese Heavy Metal Band in Japan. Very classical band with Benimaru(KOF) hair style, I am still wondering how they made thier hair stand so high like that.


I dunno what is the reason they make me so addicted to thier musics and yet thier music have been already 20 years already. Maybe is because the fast rythm of the musics make me crazy about it song such as Blue Blood, rusty nails, jealousy and Dahlia. And they also have ballad such as Endless rain, Forever Love and Longing.


From Left to right: Hide(Eguitar), Toshi(vocal), Yoshiki(drum and piano), Pata(Eguitar) and Heath(bass)


Thier History:

X-Japan were one of first visual band in Japan and also most popular. They start in teh middle 80’s with the union of school friends Yoshiki (drums and piano) and Toshi (vocals). After that the joined with a couple other guys and formed band X.
They release two singles ‘I Will Kill You’ and ‘Orgasm’ and made to two compilacions albums with other Japanese new comer bands. At this time Pata (guitar) and Taiji (bass) is joined the band.
In 1988 they make their effort first album ‘Vanishing Vision’ and hire second guitarists, Hide. The album was released on Yoshiki news record label Extasy. It was a great success and they change to Sony records. More albums (’Blue Blood’ and ‘Jealousy’) and more touring hapend.
With Jealousy tour they tried to come out in America, but no one there wanted this visual bands like this. They renamed the band in X-Japan because in America there was already punks band called X. The band hads great success in Japan and the members also makes solo projects.
At this time Taiji (bass) left the band and was replace with Heath. Yoshiki wrote the 23 minutes long song ‘Art Of Life’ which was the first records on the new label Atlantic Records.
In 1996 finally came their last album ‘Dahlia’. In the spring of 1997 Toshi (vocals) decided to quit the band for ‘artistic and religous reasons’, so they announced their disbanding in September 1997. They make a final Goodbye concert in December in this year. Members made diferent solo projects. In 1998 a terible tragedy happen. Hide commit suicide for very unknown reason. The fans were shocked and sadend with melacholy and memory. Yoshiki draw back from public. In 2000 he starte a comeback with his project Violet UK.

Here come thier video:




These guys are the godfather of jrock, so even if you don’t like their musics style, they still demand your respect for sure. Without X, there would be NO jrock and Americans musics would certainly be affected in more ways than one.


It was so sad one of thier member has pass away(Hide) and so thier band also break of as well . Bye …..Legend of J-rock.

13 comments:

  1. I very really enjoys X-Japan. When I were young I had much memory and happiness with heads banging and cheerful while listening to their musics. Bye

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  2. like reading "finnegan's wake". but at least the dude seems to know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're", which can't be said for the majority of the english-speaking world. what with there ignorance of there own language and all.

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  3. "There were the 1st Japanese Heavy Metal Band in Japan."

    Preceded by hundreds of American and Swedish heavy metal bands... in Japan... I assume...

    A truly brilliant one-liner, that one.

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  4. X Japan is crazy loud rule for filthy ear hole. How'd I do, it's not easy.

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  5. They had a track (I.V.) on the Saw IV soundtrack which was pretty cool.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0-Q25w9si0

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  6. I think Japan as a whole must be covered completely by some kind of culture-distorting shield that makes whatever western culture enters their country get a little weird and off. same goes the other way. i like how hip hop culture, once it entered japan, became super nuts and extra strong...like a super virus, and is now being sold to americans in is new triple strength form (by that i mean, bathing ape shoes that have 18 colors in them etc)
    maybe this too will come back and american glam bands will emulate this stuff. maybe wild rags records could start all over again and put out a re-issue of Cherry Street's early material.

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  7. same goes the other way.

    yes! the joke that anime and manga are here are a FAR cry from the original culture...

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  8. Anonymous Rating for this Post:
    ***** (5 stars!)
    lol material

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  9. Pretty cool 'musics', but I think Loudness beat them out of the gate by a few years.

    Loudness kicked ass.

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  10. Anybody remember E-Z-O? They were early 80's, maybe 83 or 4.

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  11. Infected Malignity is way better. I mean, these guys didn't even have ANY slam riffs! Terrible.

    Nice hair, though.

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  12. But are they cooler than Loudness/ And how about their contemporaries, Hellhound?

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