Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Tokyo Kid Brothers-Throw Away The Books, Let's Go Into the Streets('71 Japan Rare Rock)

Heavily RECOMMENDED!
And its very rare
but hard to catogorise because its quite diverse
so i'll name it 'Rock'

Impossibly obscure 1971 release by the theatrical troupe led by
Tenjo Sajiki that would later become known as J.A. Caesar

Imagine
the musical "Hair" staged on acid. Oh, it was?
Yeah, well then so
was "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In". OK, imagine the musical "Hair" staged on really great acid, greatly upping the boogie ante, and produced by Magma! This and their other album earned them a spot on that ridiculous Nurse With Wound "list". Wondrously
psychedelic, yet quaintly earnest in a plaintive sort of way that
makes me so very happy that I don't understand Japanese

Part of julian cope review:
Tokyo Kid Brothers was a visionary dance troupe full of actors, musicians, strategists and self-proclaimed shamen. Legendary shouter Kan Mikami had journeyed south from the same part of Northern Japan as Japanese theatre�s underground legend Shuji Terayama. In the mid-60s, they had both developed within and moved away from the scene which spawned them to create their very own thing. Yutaka Higashi had come to join them after dropping out of Tokyo�s Waseda University. Then, in 1968, his own vision prompted him to split and form Tokyo Kid Brothers, a rock�n�roll dance and theatre troupe who looked like an ingrown hippy take on West Side Story.
Tokyo Kid Brothers didn�t make enough records to secure more than a stowaway�s free ride in the luggage hold of rock�n�roll history, but their vicious combination of fuzzbuster guitar, Psychedelic Underground-period Amon Duul female chorale, yatter-natter �tween song chatter, and smart alliances with other Japanese underground heroes will, in the long term, guarantee them more real longevity than this first review can even begin to imagine.
Indeed, I know of only one other Tokyo Kid Brothers LP, and even that�s currently unavailable. But scour the nether recesses of Japanese late �60s theatre and you�ll find the same musical themes of this LP cropping up all over. For it seems to be the way with this underground theatre scene that all was interlinked.
They shouldn�t be judged on their records alone because they were much more than that. But in the absence of visual evidence, they must be. So it�s to their credit that Tokyo Kid Brothers still sounds like essential listening.
[more more more!!!! the whole julian cope review]
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17 Comments:

Blogger rich said...

This is an incredible album. What a post! I believe Kan Mikami was also a part of this crazy theatre troupe. I also remember there being a mammoth boxset released by P-Vine of all the later material, which I never had the money for. Amazing work here at Cities On Flame as always!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

yeah kan mikami is great
that about kan mikami being in it
was mentioned the julian cope review
ill be posting some more albums by him
soon

11:04 PM  
Blogger 60&70 Rock !!!! said...

Hmmmmm, sounds good

Startin the download !!!

ROCK ON !!!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Eerowen said...

Thanks a lot, Dirk... yet another gem!

This is probably a long shot, but I don't suppose you've ever come across an English translation of the track titles, have you?

6:27 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

@eerowen:no,there's not that much info availible

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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jarreth

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always wanted to just hear anything by the Tokyou Kid Brothers. Thanks so much for making this dream come true!

Murdock

4:48 AM  
Blogger LJH said...

Thank you so much! Great post. Does this album have anything to do with a movie I heard about called "Throw away your books, rally in the streets (1971)" by Shuji Terayama

4:15 AM  
Blogger Dirk said...

Throw Away The Books, Let's Go Into the Streets


is the soundtrack for the movie/musical

12:35 PM  
Anonymous bb said...

so incredible to finally be able to hear this. an amazing sound and a document of something truely remarkable. i have been working on a profile of mikami off and on for about 2 years now. since close to nothing has been wqritten on him in english, the reason to write the thing is the same reason its taking so long.

there is such an immediate presence and power of this music, regardless of knowing any history or being able to understadn the complex lyrical situation it presents...im glad people are getting a chance to hear it

3:40 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

http://www.furious.com/Perfect/mikamikan.html
info in english

Kan Mikami is great
but getting his music is quite hard sometimes

5:29 PM  
Blogger Dirk said...

and dustedreviews has a review for Bachi

5:30 PM  
Blogger Fabian Torres said...

Hey, thanks for the review.
I'd some songs of it, but i couln't download the others...
some help?

12:47 AM  
Blogger radiowaves said...

It's abit ago that I downloaded this from here, but only had recently the time to listen to it properly. And wow it is such a great album !!! Thanks a lot for making this availible to my ears ! :-) Your blog is really great !!
Best regards, Karl

5:08 AM  
Anonymous michal said...

new link:
http://massmirror.com/f3dc5312045fb6f4f8fa186baf6a7d84.html
(12 tracks @ 192kbps mp3)

12:36 PM  
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