Saturday, May 16, 2015


Oh man, here's a wild one. A musical theater troupe morphs into a band, a very noisy band called Les Rallizes Dénudés, in Japan in 1967. They make a name for themselves as leftists, and the Communist bass player hijacks a plane to North Korea. The guitarist and lead singer of the band becomes reclusive, and is practically invisible in ensuing decades. Rumored to be of ill health, in fear of the law due to his association with the bass player, or just trying to further his mystique, depending on who you ask. And no one seems to know for sure.

One of the first things I ran into said that they were influenced by the Exploding Plastic Inevitable and Blue Cheer. That would explain the musical theater troupe. It would also explain the long drawn out distortion and feedback workout that is "The Last One". It's a mother lovin' noise buffet. If you listen long enough you'll finally just succumb to the drone of excess.

If you're as intrigued as I was, let me save you the time. No one knows for sure about much of anything about these guys. Read the account at Red Bull Academy about one man's search for answers. Even with web searches, email contacts and responses from others within their circles of associates, and experts on Japanese rock music, the guy comes up with more questions than any speck of certainty. There ain't shit in the way of concrete conclusions. Just more bread on your head, dad.

Les Rallizes Dénudés - The Last One mp3 at Avant Avant NOTE: Go there to get it. Right click on the arrow.
Les Rallizes Dénudés - 造花の原野 mp3 at Avant Avant Ditto
In Search of Les Rallizes Dénudés
at Red Bull Academy Great read with a mess of videos
Les Rallizes Dénudés
at Wikipedia

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