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Yoko Ono: Rocking Chair: Oh! Yoko

Column by Michael Lydon, Fusion, April 1972

YOKO ONO smiles from her recent album cover (fly) with great compassion. Her face is heavy, peasant-like. She is looking out through a sheet of ...

Sadistic Mika Band: Sadist Faction

Interview by Jonh Ingham, Let It Rock, June 1975

TWO YEARS AGO I attended an out of town Roxy gig. Along for the ride was Kazuhiko and Mika Katoh, husband and wife leaders of ...

Sadistic Mika Band: Let Pink Floyd Fans Beware

Profile and Interview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, July 1975

EARLY IN THE SUMMER of 1974, Mika Katoh, a small, beautiful, Japanese woman, walked out of her room in London's Portobello Hotel, and crossed the ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Yellow Magic Orchestra (A&M)

Review by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, June 1979

THE ONLY REAL SURPRISE about Yellow Magic's emergence into Western pop music is that they took such a long time coming. ...

Yellow Magic Orchestra: Live in Tokyo

Live Review by Betty Page, Sounds, January 1982

THE PROSPECT of The Orch being pruned down to its three component parts was initially somewhat alarming for the quivering foreign journalists, who sat in ...

Frank Chickens: Enter The Ninja

Interview by David Quantick, New Musical Express, March 1984

"HAVE YOU read Winnie The Pooh?", asks Kazuko Hohki. I admit I have. "And Mary Poppins? And The Borrowers?." Kazuko, one half of Frank Chickens, ...

Frank Chickens: Educating Frank

Interview by Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, September 1986

Mixing kimonos with pink socks, FRANK CHICKENS are the ultimate culture shock. Now they sometimes forget they're not English and are firmly intent on changing ...

Shonen Knife: Naughty But Knife

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, November 1992

Their songs have titles like 'Flying Jelly Attack' but Shonen Knife claim it's all serious stuff. As London succumbs to a Japanese arts invasion, Nick ...

Shonen Knife: Dagger Dagger Hey!

Profile and Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, November 1992

Do SHONEN KNIFE have some sinister masterplan to conquer Planet Pop or are they just a happy freakshow? STEVEN WELLS pulls on his combat fatigues ...

Shonen Knife: Let's Knife (Virgin)

Review by Eric Weisbard, Spin, March 1993

ALMOST TEN YEARS since its recordings first invaded the U.S. as a Japanese import in late 1983, Osaka, Japan's punkiest Barbie doll fans are finally ...

The Boredoms: Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-Yip-YEEEOOOOWWW!!! for the Boredoms

Report and Interview by Ian Christe, Alternative Press, March 1993

IT’S THE FRESHEST sound around, if you ever get the chance to hear it. The Boredoms play the space jazz rap music of the ...

Pizzicato Five: Caught In A Von Trapp! Pizzicato Five

Interview by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, March 1997

PIZZICATO FIVE look like the coolest band on Earth, a stylish visual remix of every trash cultural icon from the past four decades. They are ...

Pizzicato Five

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

Yashuaru Konishi; Keitaro Takanami; Maki Nomiya ...

Maher Shalal Hash Baz: 93 Feet East, London

Live Review by Tim Footman, Careless Talk Costs Lives, August 2002

PROFANE: Someone has lipsticked "cunt slut" on the wall of the disabled toilet. ...

The Boredoms: Drilled to Infinity

Retrospective and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, Wire, The, September 2002

Over 15 years, Osaka's Boredoms have mutated from a splatterpunk avant noise group to the streamlined ferocity of their current mantric percussion barrage. In London, ...

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