Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers' Top 50 Best Songs of 2017 (Music Videos!)

Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers' Top 50 Best Songs of 2017 マイク・ロジャースの2017年のトップ50曲.

With the crew of the documentary film,"The Public Image is Rotten" at Raindance Film Festival, London, England.  Sept. 30, 2017.

These are my favorite songs and/or something from a favorite artist of the year. Now, some of these songs were not released in 2017... In fact, a few are several years old. But so what? I play alternative, underground stuff and it is my duty to bring new music to the fans, so this year was the first time I had heard some of these songs and it's my countdown, so there! Also, these songs were chosen by my iTunes software as the Top 50 artists I played from October, 1 2016 until Dec. 10, 2017.... 

1) Starcrawler - I Love LA   
Starcrawler from Los Angeles, blasted on the scene in 2107. Touring Japan in March 2018.

2) Amyl and The Sniffers – 70’s Street Munchies  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uid_8u7T13Y
A young band that rocks and plays their own instruments? I'm in! Best female-fronted punk band since X-Ray Spex.

3) Daisy House – Languages    
Father and daughter team from Los Angeles with a cool sixties vibe.

4) The Neatbeats – Twistin’ Time With You 
Main characters from the cult rock n roll film "Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story."

5 (TIE!) The Tearaways - Bash 
“I remember seeing The Tearaways at Shea Stadium…..great band…” Tom Hanks

5 (TIE!) Richie Ramone - I Fix This  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ows6w04lptw 
This is the greatest Ramones song they never made! Richie Fucking Ramone! Cellophane!

6) Pale Waves – There’s A Honey 
Manchester England Indie quartet pop band.

7) Peter118 - 'Radio' 
Peter118 is taking his exciting brand of pop-punk all over the world.

8) The Sold! And Bones – I’m Right, You’re Wrong (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7JHhYKxm1Y
Legendary punk singer, Billy Bones of The Skulls, teams up with members of The Sold! to form a punk/blues explosion, The Sold! and Bones.

9) The Privates - Action Woman 
Japan's legendary band, famous since the eighties. Also featured in the cult rock n roll film "Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock n Roll Ghost Story."

10) Touts - Bombscare   
A three piece Punk band from Derry, Ireland. A singer that can't sing, a mod that can't play bass and a drummer that can't see.

11) The Van T’s – Bittersweet 
Everything you ever wanted from a 90's dream.

12) Bleached “Dead in Your Head” 
Bleached are an American punk rock and pop punk band consisting of sisters Jennifer Clavin and Jessica Clavin, formerly of Mika Miko.

13) The 50 Kaitenz - Vinyl Changed the World  
Japan's best punk band. They're from Osaka and are sometimes called the "Japanese Ramones." Nah! They're much more funny than the Ramones!

14) Fiona Silver – Love Grenade   
Fiona’s music encompasses the doe-eyed playfulness of 1960s girl groups, and the haunting beauty of Lady Day-era jazz, along with strains of vintage soul, classic rock, and modern indie rock.

15) The Routes – Perfect Hell / No Permanence 
Fukuoka, Japan's favorite sons. Huge in Europe headlining stages in Spain and Portugal!

Two girls from Tokyo who play Cute Punk Pop music better than anyone.

16) Cat Lundy – Triggerman  
Artist, singer, songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.

17) THE CAMBODIAN SPACE PROJECT – Rom Ding! Dong!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP1JKzrTcdI
Cosmic cross-culture rendezvous featuring space trippers from various planets. 

18) TAXI - Couch   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPjmU6cEqTY
TAXI from Canada, leapt onto the pop scene in September 2017 and, since, has achieved number one on radio charts in the UK & Canada.

19) ShitKid – “Sugar Town”

ShitKid are from Stockholm/Gothenburg, Sweden. Really.

20) THE SPAM69 – “CHE.R.RY” “HANG ON”   
Crazy mo-fos from the Tokyo underground. Mad rock n roll.

21) Ya Freshness – This is England  
Hang on... this is a B side? QUALITY!

22) Baby Shakes - Do What You Want  
Winner's of New York's "Upcoming Band of the Year." Hot!

23) Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas - Sorry I Stole Your Man  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-v76IVtV-Y
Dark soul, gothic pop from Detroit!

24) The Darts (US) – “The Cat’s Meow” 
The Darts (US) romp through a grrrl-power trailer-park-mermaid-fairy-birthday party, complete with kiddie pool and pink cake.

25) Su Ko D Koi – Momanaide  
Japan's best girls punk band? One of their other videos hit over 1 million views within a few months this year! Amazing!

26) Sloan Peterson - 105

A love child of 50’s guitar pop and modern garage rock. Influenced by everything from Elvis, to Xavier Cugat or Nancy Sinatra and Bowie

27) POLO & PAN – Coeur Croisé   
Polo & Pan voit le jour en 2012 suite a la rencontre astrale entre Polocorp et Peter Pan.

28) The Goggles – Twitt and Chatt  
Genre: Beatles, Rutles, Goggles.

29) Fazerdaze – Lucky Girl   
Girl in bedroom on guitar.

30) Samehada Shiroko and Dynamite - Moshikashitara https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV7NePEIJ9o
Hot band from Fukuoka, Japan. Love it!

31) Warbly Jets - Alive   
"...where massive rock 'n' roll melodies brush up against skittish breakbeats, swoon-worthy strings, and laser-guided synth lines."

32) The Twinkles – C’est La Vie  
The Twinkles are a nice melodic ’77 punk band from Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.

33) Honeyblood - Babes Never Die   
Honeyblood is a Scottish musical duo formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012.

34) Stephanies – Haconia   
The Stephanies are a hot three piece girls rock band from Sagamihara, Japan! They rock!

35) Daphne Guinness  - Evening In Space:  
Daphne has worked in music, photography, art and literature. She has worked many long hours with famed record producer Tony Visconti.

36) The Coathangers – Go Away   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zltN5_JuUX4
The story goes that four young women from Atlanta Georgia, decided to start a band for the sole purpose of being able to hang out and play parties.

37) Miss Derringer - Nobody to Come

From Los Angeles. Killer rock n roll!

38) Cosmic Psychos – Fuckwit City   
Australia's thirstiest rock band have got it into their heads to batter your earholes with more beer smashing tunes.

39) pinksideofthemoon - Keep on Dancin 

Legendary producer engineer Lee Popa and Nina Hagen Das!

Post Punk? From Mossley, England.

41) Beck Black – Red Dog 
Singer, songwriter from Los Angeles.

42) Molly & The Krells – Relationshit: 
Punk Rock from Sydney, Australia.

43) Lisa Mychols – You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5EyNL5h1qY
Sunshine garage pop inspired by Petula Clark and Jackie Deshannon. What's not to like?

44) Bo-Peep - Hello 

From the heart of Fukuoka’s underground scene come Bo-Peep, three girls representing a generation raised on ’90s grunge and making a startlingly hard sound.

45) The Trash Templars – Dancing with the Bull 
After some very long Crusades, the Templars are back home with fully loaded Bags to bring the Holy Grail of Fuzz to the cheerin´ audience.

46) Taffy – DD  
Guitar band? Alternative? Shoegazer? Whatever.

47) The Sex Organs – Outer Space 
Here are The Sex Organs! Inter-galactic sex 'n' roll from outer space! A primitive, trash, garage, space odyssey!

48) MOLICE " 5 "

The Molice are a modern Japanese band who draw inspiration from 70's punk's DIY spirit, 80's new wave, power pop and 90's unchained indies guitar rock.

49) The Atomics – Voulez Vous 
New Power Pop from Los Angeles.

50) ED WOODS - Fuckin` Em All  
Link Wray is their father. Ed Wood is their Grandfather. Divine is their Mom. Big Foot is their Pet.

Thanks to Alex Kish, Kayla Williams, Dave McLean, Aya Fukuta, Ken Nishikawa and Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the Roq), Gabbie Cabbie, Chris Browne, Christopher Jack, Marc Platt. You guys are the only people in the entire music industry who teach me music that I don't already know about. Really! Thanks so much.

                   May all your dreams come true in the next year!


Andrew Joseph said...

You know what I learned from this list, Mike?
We could hang out and listen to the same music and neither one of us would bitch.
Why was the Richie Ramone song tied at #5? Then I listen to the ones placed above it. Blew my mind at midnight!
Thanks for posting these videos of these incredible musicians!

Anonymous said...

I Love LA - music is nice. that girl ,dances so sweet

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