Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#1 ~ #25!)

The year 2018 is almost over. It's been a wonderful year and full of surprises. Here are this year's Top 50 songs (videos where available). These are all songs from Oct. of 2017 to today!

Hope you enjoy them and have a great 2019!

(See chart for #1 ~ #25 here: Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#26 ~ #50!)

#1) The 50 Kaitenz - 11:55:
This song is the song of the year for 2018. Unfortunately, there is no Youtube video link for this track. Here is a link to the Japanese site so that you can check it out:

#2) Miss World - Put Me in a Movie:
Hey! She just moved to Los Angeles and had a meeting with Rodney Bingenheimer!

#3) The Professionals - Rewind:
Paul Cook (former Sex Pistols) is back with a world tour with his new unit and it's fab! 

#4) Su凸ko D凹koi - Yuuto:
Japan's best all-girl punk band hits 2018 with another hit!

#5) Starbenders - While I Was Sleeping: 
Hot new act from Atlanta, Georgia. Achieved a Japanese release and toured Japan in 2018! World's first on air was my show!

#6) Caroline Rose – Bikini:
Caroline Rose broke onto the scene in 2018!

#7) Daisy House – Let’s Do It Again:
Duo from Hollywood had several tracks on our countdown this year!

#8) Sugar & Tiger – Linda Ramone:
Hot act from Pairs France!

#9) Elmo Weber – Bali Hai: Immigrant Song
Awesome track that is probably the most popular of the new radio show! 

#10) Pen Friend Club - Kimi to Boku no Melody:
This song has no video. Here's a direct link to listen online to Amazon Japan. Fantastic track!

#11) The Van T’s – Bittersweet:
The Van T’s are the West of Scotland 4-piece!

#12 Hayley and the Crushers – “Blue and Green”:
Hayley & the Crushers are gas station candy, drive-ins, slurpees, slip-and-slides, beach parties!

#13) Titty Twister – Bad Man / Connection:
Titty Twister, from Fukuoka City Japan, was formed in 2002!

#14) PATO FU –  Private Idaho:
Twenty-two years passed. We're still the same band. We're not the same band anymore.

#15) IDestroy – Lemons:
IDestroy really have delivered the goods with their second EP, an explosion of riotous energy that makes you want to get up and throw something, or possibly yourself, across the room." - Kerrang! Magazine

#16) Starcrawler – I Love LA:
They will kill you!

#17) Rosegarden Funeral Party – Another Dead Soul:
Rosegarden Funeral Party is a post punk band from Dallas, Tx fronted by Leah Lane.

#18) THE MOST – Gatecrashers! Most is a Beat band from Umeå, Sweden. 

#19) VOIID – Silly Girl:
a four piece of hellish girl-shriek guaranteed to make your face melt and your boyfriend cry.

#20) Pale Waves – There’s A Honey:
From Manchester!

#21) Jail Guitar Doors - Raise Your Flag: https://youtube/zx3WW2wLfDA
Very cool rock band from Japan new album out June 9th!

#22) REWS – Miss You In The Dark
High Energy Alterna-Rock Pop Female Duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill & beat-maker vocalist Collette Williams.

#23) The Neatbeats – Bye Bye Very Good:
The main actors in the just-released Rock N Roll fave movie: Ghostroads - A Japanese Rock N Roll Story!

#24) Dog Party – The Walk:
Sacramento and SLO's rock 'n' roll duo, Dog Party!

#25) Amyl and The Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny
Rock n Roll, Pub punk Record Label Flightless Records from Melbourne!

Well that's the Top 25! But there's just as many cool songs on the rest of the Top 50 from next week! Be here! 

Thanks! - Mike

(See chart for #1 ~ #25 here: Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#26 ~ #50!)

Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#26 ~ #50!)

This is part two of the Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#26 ~ #50!) Part 2 and we try harder!
You can see Part 1 here: Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#1 ~ #25!)

Check these hot tunes!

#26) THE PATS PATS -”AnoLuck”:
The Pats Pats are Akiko and Midori and they are fab!

#27) Upsahl – Kiss Me Now:
A confident, doe-eyed paean to the anticipation of a first kiss from a talented artist just months out of high school.

#28) The Tearaways - Bash:
Beatleweek Hall of Fame Band, Mathew Street, Liverpool, U.K. 2012... From Santa Barbara!

#29) Sesame - Na Na Land:
This year's version of "Japanese rock band doing Britpop better than the brits do!"

#30) Samehada Shiroko & Dynamite – Moshi Yokattara:
Hot band from Fukuoka! 

#31) The Reckless Drifters - "Baby, We're Really in Love"
From L.A. Lots of famous people in this band.

#32) Parsnip – Health:
Queen Wave!

#33) The Stephanies – HACONIA:
Award-winning Japanese girl's band!

#34) Voiid – Cheap Wine:
A four piece of hellish girl-shriek guaranteed to make your face melt and your boyfriend cry!

#35) Les Stores – Non, non, non, non:
It’s a solo project by Frédéric Martinez. With «les Stores» he plays all instruments. All music is written, recorded and produced in his home studio.

#36) Pip Blom – Babies Are A Lie
We are Pip Blom. We are from Amsterdam.

#37) The Routes - Driving Round in Circles:
No gimmick, no bullshit... Stomp'n'Grind Garage Rock, Garage Punk, Surf, Rhythm and Blues, Psych... Whatever the hell WE want to hear!

Trash Rock`n`Roll Trio From Tokyo. Garage Punk, Hardcore Rock`n` Roll For You !!

#39) Cabbage – Kevin (Skeleton Key Mix)
Apocalyptic Sprautrock from Mossley.

#40) FAZERDAZE - Take it slow:
Best thing out of New Zealand since the Jean-Paul Satre experience?

#41) Kate Sikora - The Hundreds:
Like a ping pong ball, native New Jersian, Kate Sikora, has been crossing the globe for the past 7 years charming American and Japanese audiences with her indie-folk-pop tunes. 

#42) Rochelle Vincente Von K - Valley Ov Fire:
Austrian/Australian vocalist Rochelle Vincente Von K is one half of electronic duo Product.01, and has worked with Ursula 1000, Dubstar, Dave Clarke, Chicks On Speed to name some. 

#43) Spam69 - Hang On:
Band from Japan. Loud. Crazy fcukers... Watch the video.

#44) Silke Berlinn & The Addictions - Ball & Chain:
Silke Berlinn, a proto-punk" vocalist known for her broad-ranging vocal style, has been called “the Janis Joplin of punk rock” and has been compared with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes and Tina Turner.

#45) Juanita Banana - Glutamato:
Garage, surf, rock and roll girls band from Madrid.

#46) King Cornelius & the Silverbacks - I Am Great Ape!
The Silverbacks captured King Cornelius in the hope of making him serve them. Discovering that he was an ape of enormous entertainment potential, they made him their leader and formed a musical combo.

#47) B-Girls - Down at the Beach:
The 'B' Girls are a Canadian all girl rock'n roll band that formed in 1976 and recorded on Bomp Records. They moved to NYC in 1977 and toured w the Clash. Their final radio appearance in Japan was on my show!

#48) Marc Platt: "Woman Of The World":
Marc Platt has been a singer-songwriter playing in and around Los Angeles since 1980.

#49) Monsieur Blumenberg - Anarchy In The U.K.:
Monsieur Blumenberg is the nom de plume of Federico Montefiori, twin brother of Francesco, and one half of Italy’s legendary lounge duo, Montefiori Cocktail

#50) Ace Of Spades (Link Wray) by the Fabulous Johnk Wray:
One man band sensation from Japan. Wild! Trash! Cult Garage Rocker!!

That's it for this year! Have a great holiday season. Drive safely! 
You can see Part 1 here: Top 50 Videos for 2018! (#1 ~ #25!)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Early 1980s Japan: In the Days When I was Invisible...

Years ago (like 30 ~  35 years ago) there were VERY few foreigners in Japan.... And the few that were here, couldn't speak Japanese all that well. Oh sure, there were a few who could speak Japanese, but they were on TV!

Back in those days, I'd take my wife or girlfriend to restaurants. Being a pig-headed foreigner I had taken it upon myself to teach the Japanese nation that some of us foreigners could speak Japanese! There were a few other foreigners back in the eighties who had the same mission...

Two thumbs up!...

I'd order in Japanese. Something simple like, "I'll have two beers please!" and the waitresses wouldn't look at me. REALLY. It used to drive me crazy. I'd say it very clearly and slowly so they could understand, but, they'd give me a sideways glance, I'd say, "Two beers, please!" and the waitress would slowly turn her head to my wife or girlfriend (it's complicated, OK?) as if to say, "What did he say?"

You, see, there weren't any foreigners here. And if there were, they didn't speak any Japanese. So the waiters and waitresses didn't know what to do! They had never seen a foreigner in "real life" so they didn't expect that you could speak even basic  Japanese. Really. 

I'd order and they would look startled at me and then look at my wife or girlfriend like, "What the heck did he say? I don't speak English!" This would make me mad. 

I mean, I even asked my partner if my pronunciation was good and they'd tell me it was fine! 

I insisted that when we went to restaurants, that my partner say nothing. Or say, "What are you looking at me for? He's the one talking to you?" 

But I digress... I'd say something like, "Wait! Stop! Can you see me? Can you see me? Am I here?...." My arms flailing away at my face and body, touching myself to make sure I was actually "there."

Then my girlfriend would say something like, "Yes, I can see you and hear you" (I trained them well).

Then I'd act and say something like "What a relief! I thought I was invisible again!" Then I'd order again..... 

The waitresses usually got used to it after 2 or 3 times. 

Anyway, that's the way it used to be back in the day! I'll bet it's still that way in the countryside!

...So I can gouge out my freaking eyes!


The jokes on me, though... You see, The Japanese don't throw fits in public, so when I'd be yelling, "Can you see me? Can you see me?" the waitresses would probably have been be thinking, "Wow! There was a foreigner today who was asking me if I could see them! It was so weird!" 

Really. True story. Happened MANY MANY times. 

Thanks to Stephen David Brooks.

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