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Beloved Invaders: The Ventures in Japan
08.23.2010
03:21 pm

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The Ventures

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During the early 60’s, The Ventures were one of the most popular bands in the USA. But their American success was soon overshadowed by the British Invasion. They went from being huge hitmakers to yesterday’s papers practically overnight. So they went to Japan where, for awhile, they were as big as The Beatles. The Japanese nicknamed the group ‘The Beloved Invaders’ and called their sound ‘teke teke’ music. They were the Godzillas of the surf guitar.

I have several theories as to why The Ventures were big in Japan, most of them having to do with the sound of Mosrite guitars, koto music, Zen and radioactive sea-dwelling monsters.

Don Wilson who formed The Ventures with Bob Bogle in 1958 recalls touring Japan:

We played in downtown Tokyo, in a big place that holds 3,500 people. They were lined up around the block, about five abreast. We played three shows, one after the other. People were still trying to get in. We played in Yokohama and Osaka, the big cities. Had I known we were that popular, I would’ve asked for more money!

Earlier this year The Ventures received the illustrious Order Of The Rising Sun Award from the Japanese government honoring their contribution to Japan’s musical culture.

Here’s footage from The Beloved Invaders documenting The Ventures first tour of Japan. After suffering through decrepit looking bootlegs of this film, it was a thrill to come upon some pristine looking footage. And the sound is awesome.
 

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The Trippple Nippples

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Behold the perplexing multi-media underground electropop darlings of Tokyo, Trippple Nippple. Their stage show sounds like a J-Pop version of out-there 70s performance artists, The Kipper Kids, and features stuff like eggs, glitter, milk, blood and rotting food. From an interview posted today at the Dazed and Confused blog:

Dazed Digital: Is there symbolism behind your costumes and performances?

Qrea Nippple: Last time we were doing some guillotine things, and we cut so many heads off balloons. The helium goes to the ceiling. Yuka was crying like, “Oh I feel so guilty for killing so many balloon heads, so I drew some really wicked, bad faces on the balloons, so she wouldn’t feel guilty for cutting their heads off. ”

Dazed Digital: What were some of your most memorable performances?

Yuka Nippple: We have a lot of stories about making a mess. We played club Asia in Tokyo and our costumes were mud, just that. And we put on some blonde hair ponytails. We were just mud and blonde hair ponytail. That was our costume. It was a lot of fun as always. But in the morning when the lights turned on, the whole club was covered in dry mud. And everyone went mad, and everyone had to clean up until about 9am in the morning. We made a lot of people really upset. We didn’t mean to of course, but my bad, but I’d like to announce that we can do “Not dirty one” too! People sometimes misunderstand what we are, but we are musicians!

Dazed Digital: So where did you acquire all this mud?

Yuka Nippple: Amazing, amazing store called Tokyu Hands in Shibuya. It’s a department store with 21 floors of DIY stuff. We get everything from there. You can spend a day just looking for things. We found rice-field mud in a packet.
 

 
Read the entire article at Dazed Digital: TOKYO’S TRIPPPLE NIPPPLES: Insane electro popstresses hailing from the fine land of Tokyo talk fake tits and their milky alcohol

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Mister Softee 2010:  Robot Sells Ice Cream In Japan
08.19.2010
02:23 am

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Ice cream
robot
Mister Softee

 
Yaskawa-kun, the lovechild of the Pillsbury Dough Boy and Mister Softee, dispenses soft-serve ice cream at Tokyo’s Summerland Waterpark. 

 

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Karaoke singer personal ad: Looking for love in all the song places
08.13.2010
11:56 pm

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Karaoke
erect nipples

 

I am a 45 y/o karaoke singer from the Sacramento area looking for a woman to go out and sing some songs with. i would like to try working on some duets because that would be fun.

if you are a woman between the ages of 37 and 47 and are interested in calling me after viewing the video you can call me at…

I’ve got to give this dude credit for “breakin’ new ground in karaoke” and risking extreme ridicule back at the warehouse. He’s either a hopeless romantic or just plain hopeless. I admire his balls….and erect nipples.

He’s an electric cowboy and he’s damn good at what he does, workin’ that forklift all day, liftin’ piles of toilet paper, 96 cases of tea, water, eggs, chips and milk and stuff, droppin’ huge pallets all day long, and he’s lookin’ to be Marvin Gaye to your Tammi Terrell. He’s got no criminal record, none at all, you can check it out, just a DUI back when he was a kid in his 20s and he’s lookin’ for someone, some rock and roll chick, to sing with, a simple duet, some rock, maybe some alternative, blues, r&b…but no country cause he’s had bad experiences with country girls. Those country girls don’t understand his feminine side.
 

 

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Slo-mo day-glow psychedelic lizard: Japanese video puts the ‘God’ in Godzilla
08.08.2010
02:55 am

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Super slow photography

 

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Vagina monologue: Japanese robot mouth vs. virtual baby maker

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Japanese robot mouth provides the narration for a rubber baby maker.

A product of Plasticity
A product of Plasticity
Plastic people, plastic people
You are your foot, your hair
Your nose, your arms
You suck, you love, you are
Your being is you’re plastic
Blah, blah, blah, blah
Plastic peoples - Zappa

 

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Mega Freaky Japanese Children’s Book Art By Gojin Ishihara
07.29.2010
11:11 pm

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These wild illustrations by Gojin Ishihara are from Japanese children’s books published in the 1970s.

The illustrations are from the Illustrated Book Of Japanese Monsters and various educational and entertainment-oriented publications for children.

 
More wildness after the jump…

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Crapton is God!
07.23.2010
11:58 am

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Eric Crapton

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Not so much a Freudian slip, more a Fleudian srip, probably.
 
(Link) Via Neil Hambuger’s Twitter, HT Chris Campion

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Japanese WTF Commercial Of The Day
07.15.2010
11:53 am

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WTF

 
Japanese television commercials are absolutely insane. This one combines urinating with geysers of blood in an effort to compel you to buy some tea. Can you imagine this ever appearing American TV?  You gotta love the Japanese, they’re kooky.

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Afro toilet brushes
07.09.2010
05:02 pm

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Things Japanese People Like

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There needs to be a new category called “Things Japanese People Like.” I’m gonna do that now.

As sold on Gumption Style.

Thank you Jesse Merlin!

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