Saturday, December 23, 2006

My Christmas Present to the World: Japanese Videos A-Z

Once when I was a child, I went over to my friend's house sometime in December. His father was what my mother would call a "chnyuck," a word for which there is no exact English equivalent, but which means something like an "overbearingly pompous religious person who is constantly trying to one-up all of his other coreligionists with his superior knowledge of the arcana of religious ritual and law." Really, Judaism is the only religion that would need such a word. Anyways, my friend's dad decided that he would no longer say "Christmas," because even mouthing the words "Christ" might seem to indicate that he secretly believed that Jesus was the reason for the season. So, he pronounced the name of the yuletide holiday "Eccccchhhhhhssss"-mas, taking care to inflect the guttural "ch" sound with extra hostility and bile.

Here are some Japanese music videos. Happy "Ecccchhhhhssss"-mas, everybody!

Kaoru Abe:

The Boredoms:

"Country Road" from Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart:







First video that comes up when you type "j-pop" into youtube:

an Mikami:

Les Rallizes Denudes:

Sachiko M

Nobukazu Takemura:


Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O & Escapade:

Quicksilver Messenger Service; people in Japan seem to understand that John Cipollina was a much better guitar player than Eric Clapton; for god sakes, he was a better guitar player than Pablo Casals was a cello player:

yoji Ikeda:


The Mops:


Blue Cheer, "Summertime Blues" from Vincebus Eruptum; people in Japan seem to understand that Blue Cheer are better than the Doors:

Japanese Ventures cover band; people in Japan seem to understand that the Ventures are better than the Beatles:


The guitarist from Loudness plays a guitar that looks like an "X":

Otomo Yosihide

Trailer for Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter (with great music, too):

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