Tuesday, 18 November 2014

EARLY 80S JAPANESE PUNK MEGAPOST

I'm sure that if you're into punk and you have an internet connection, you've probably seen something about punk from Japan. Everybody knows about Gauze and G.I.S.M., but neither of those bands is really a good representative of the punk that came out of Japan at the time.  Sure, both were hugely influential to punk there and around the world, but there aren't many other bands who sound like them.  I could attempt to give a history lesson or rave for hours about how Japanese punk is really awesome, but that's been done about a million times already so I don't see much of a point.  Plus, I feel as if a lot of people who do that seem to fetishize Japan in the same way that weeaboos do.

This megapost contains 20 of my favorite Japanese punk EPs released in the early 1980s (through '85).  I left out the super obvious ones (The Stalin, Lipcream, Zouo, Kuro, etc) but for the most part I feel these aren't too obscure.  That doesn't mean I didn't throw in a couple hard to track down goodies, but the main reason for making this megapost is to introduce newcomers to early 80s Japanese punk without them having to go on a scavenger hunt all over the internet (or spend over $200 on a 5 minute flexi shipping from half way across the globe).  There's something in here for everyone: noisy, weird, thrashy, dark, fast, and even some straightforward, ripping hardcore/punk.

So, enough of that, let's just get to the fucking music...

'No More Hiroshima' 
 Gas
1982

Aside from SS and The Stalin, Gas is probably one of the best examples of hardcore punk emerging in Japan.
'Plastic Scandal'
奇形児 (Kikeiji)
1983

This band offered some off kilter, yet still very catchy punk similar to the UK's Gang Of Four.
'Masturbation'
Masturbation
1983

Masturbation dished out nasty, dark, repetitive punk. There's a lot of deathrock and post-punk vibes on this, but it still has the raw aggression of early hardcore punk.
'あぶらだこ'
あぶらだこ (Aburadako)
1983

Although they would later become an avant-garde group, Aburadako started by playing wonky, noisy punk. There's not really anything else that sounds like this.
'Go To Hell !'
The Execute
1983

The Execute played bulldozing hardcore punk with some metal tinges thrown in for good measure.
'Hiromi’s Party Part 1'
Bitousha
1984

This band gets frequently overlooked and I have no idea why. Their only release was this three song flexi, but it's overloaded with badass stomping fury.
'自我'
自我 (Jiga)
1984

This one's fairly straightforward hardcore punk laced with some metal influence, but it's a total ripper.
'Carry Out Fucking'
Ghoul
1984

I can't help but feel this band was probably a huge influence on Death Side and other late 80s thrashing hardcore punk bands.  It should also be noted that I like this band way more than the neo-thrash band with the same name.
'Destroy'
L.S.D.
1984

L.S.D. played some totally fucked blown out stompy hardcore punk with delayed vocals. I shouldn't have to say anything other than that.
'Many Question Poison Answer'
Outo
1984

This is a good example of what would come to be known as "noise punk." It's lofi, fast, and totally reckless; so in other words, essential.
'The Middle East Combat Area'
The Clay
1984

The Clay slams you with riffs on riffs.  They're kind of like the missing link between UK82 (Discharge, G.B.H.) and late 80s Burning Spirits bands (Death Side, Tetsu Arrey).

'Diabolism'
 Mobs
1984

Mobs is similar to The Clay in that they play nasty, riff driven hardcore similar to what was being played in the UK at the time.  Despite the comparison, they still hold their own.
'残忍聖者'
愚鈍 (Gudon)
1985

If you want lofi, you got it. Probably one of my favorite Japanese punk releases of all time, this flexi absolutely destroys.

'In A Coma....'
Coma
1985

Ever wonder how goth/deathrock would manifest itself in Japan's punk scene? Well, now you don't have to imagine anymore.
'Gasmask'
Gasmask
1985

Of all the bands on this list, I'd say Gasmask is probably the closest sounding to US hardcore punk. Even though this material is pretty straightforward, there are some cool twists in the mix.


'Slow Down'
一家心中 (Ikka Shinjyuu)
1985

This one is some ridiculously ripping, off kilter hardcore punk. The guitar work really cuts through on this one, it's got noise solos and dive bombs and riffs on riffs.
'The Last Days'
The Sexual
1985

The Sexual played absolutely raging hardcore punk. This will make you want to punch something.
'From Born Til Die'
Rose Rose
1985

This flexi is some totally rocking, fucked up punk.  It's got some fast parts, but a lot of it is fairly mid-paced and riff based.
'Tranquilizer'
Tranquilizer
1985

Tranquilzer played ripping hardcore and their singer sounded like a bumble bee.  You'll see what I mean.
'Crime Of Existence'
Junk Schizo
1985

This is some totally weirdo, off kilter hardcore punk.  It's got fast parts, it's got odd parts, so what's not to love?




Hopefully you now have some idea of what you're getting into. Everything has been put into one .rar file so you can grab it all at once. Go wild.

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21 comments:

  1. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

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  2. ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!
    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white

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  3. is this joshua guy for real.

    nice megapost btw

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  4. looks like a copyapasta to me, jus an unimaginative troll

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  5. Killer post! Thanks a lot!

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  6. aside for masturbation and gas i have all the Others! thank you lots good sir
    alex

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  7. Man this is absolutely awesome stuff you got here! Thanks alot!

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  8. Thank you so much for that! Great stuffs...

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  9. Thank you so much for this! I only "know" Aburadako ( for about 20 minutes...)!
    All the artworks looks awesome!

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  10. Hello folks Im from Mexico and I write for a alternative punk magazine from Guadalajara call it ANORMAL over here G.I.S.M. got some hardcore fans and Im wondering if some of you got some lirycs of the band, whe are tremendously intrigated for the lirycs here and I will be eternally gratefull if you guys help me to discover that treasure,
    I can prove to you that Im a dedicated fan if you look my video on youtube of deathly fighter solo cover that i made or you just can search on youtube with the words deathly fighter solo cover and im the only one there https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aidLlnFzt1U

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  11. please put in zip format!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Did you not read what I wrote? "This megapost contains 20 of my favorite Japanese punk EPs released in the early 1980s (through '85). I left out the super obvious ones (The Stalin, Lipcream, Zouo, Kuro, etc) but for the most part I feel these aren't too obscure."

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  13. Wow! I just started to get interest in old Japanese hardcore, and I was just looking for the Gudon releases, but that is even better; just the perfect download for me! Next step: bying the best ones that were re-released!

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  14. searched for all the albums individual albums separately and then got to the end.... thanks man.

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  15. where's my blown off head? thx!

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  16. man thanks a lot for this, you said a lot of people have already talk extensively about japanese hardcore, can you share somw links to read a little?

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