Friday, January 11, 2013

Tales From the Mystic East (An Occasional Series)

From sometime between 2004 and now, please enjoy Japanese power popsters Tokyo Jihen and their Hello Budokan! smash "Atarashii Bunmei-kaika PV."

Apparently, there are huge areas of the world where these folks were household words. Deservedly, I'd say, but I really wish I'd gotten the memo before yesterday.



I mean, I really like the song, but Jeebus -- this is like watching Lisa Loeb front the Jonas Brothers in a performance of a Marilyn Manson album. Or something.

Words fail me, in any case.

[h/t Tommy Stewart]

11 comments:

edward said...

There's a whole doctorate on the world conquest of American culture in that four minute song. Wow

geor3ge said...

The lead singer goes by Ringo Sheena. This makes me giddy for some reason.

steve simels said...

Oh god, I love that. Plus when you say it out loud, it sounds Japanese.

Alex said...

I've had dreams like this after eating spicy food after midnight...

steve simels said...

The slightly grungy guitarist in the paisley suit is my new hero.

Coolest lead guitar performer since Rick Neilsen.

Seriously...that video is just amazing.
:-)

FD13NYC said...

Some kind of Japanese weirdness. I was expecting Godzilla to make an appearance.

steves said...

There's a reason they call it "the mysterious East."

:)

Anonymous said...

Testosterone deficient!

ROTP(lumber)

tinpot said...

anyone else go a little weak at the knees when she sings "1, 2, 3, 4, I am sore"? (2:40)

Peter said...

Magnificent. I am so stealing this for my blog.

Thanks, Steve and Tommy!

GLLinMO said...

That's why we have the expression "Big in Japan".

Certainly is entertaining. And there is a lot worse out there.