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Ikki last won the day on December 18 2017

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    Kisaki's Errand Boy
  • Birthday 04/14/1989

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    Old Farty Bands, Morning Musume, Mecha Anime

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  1. Ikki

    Welp. I think nothing I previously listed will ever top this CD. Color's Galaxy (European Pressing), which broke the bank on how much I ever wanted to spend on a rare release.
  2. Ikki

    I didn't realize that J-XYZ rebranded itself as Japan Discoveries. I have never used them as Japan Discoveries since I thought the website looked shady as hell and I figured they sold bootlegs. I remember having bought from them when they were J-XYZ and had two vastly different experiences with them. The first time I bought from them, I got my item (a hide plushie) in a timely matter. But then I bought from them like a couple months/a year later, and they never shipped out the item (a D'espairsRay CD) and I never got a refund for it.
  3. Ikki

    My most recent haul. I was so happy I was able to get my deputy service to order those Kamaitachi DVDs off of Kamaitachi's webstore since the DVDs are limited run release. TT I didn't want to spend how much some people were trying to sell them on Y!AJ.
  4. When ever I think of Japanese rap, I always think of songs like these.
  5. I finally got around to rip my copy of AZZ's Electric Body and I can't find a tracklisting online that I can copy and paste.  Who would have thought an obscure VK/glam rock album from 1995 would be impossible to find some kind of a tracklisting online.

    1. Lestat

      Lestat

      There isn’t even the slightest bit of information available on this band anywhere. 

  6. I think when VK/J-rock tried to break out into the Western music scene in the mid to late 2000s mirrored the Japanese metal scene trying to break out into the Western music scene during the 1980s. The only main difference is this time around, most of the groups didn't try to sing in English or try to recruit a Westerner at some point for their band to make them more marketable (looking at you Loudness and Bow Wow). Even back during the 2000s, I knew that VK wasn't going to make an impact outside of Japan due to how the majority of them were being marketed to people who attended anime cons. I was just excited I could buy VK albums that were released outside of Japan for a fraction of what CDJapan was selling them. I decided to compile a list of Japanese artists that have released albums in the West that charted on the Billboard charts. There is a few things to note right off the bat: The following Japanese metal groups that only released in Europe during the 1980s: Anthem, Earthshaker, Vow Wow The following Japanese metal groups that had albums released in the USA, but did not chart: Dead End, Gastunk The following VK groups that had albums released in the USA, but did not chart: D'espairsRay, MUCC, Kra, the GazettE, Alice Nine, Versailles, Mix Speaker's Inc, L'arc~en~Ciel Albums by Loudness, EZO, OK ONE ROCK, and Utada Hikaru that charted in the USA on this list were recorded in English. I listed everything from highest charting spot to lowest charting spot. I did not include record sells since a lot of the older releases, I couldn't find what the sales were for the date when the record charted at that spot. Sakamoto Kyu - Sukiyaki and Other Japanese Hits (1963) [Billboard 200: #26] BABYMETAL - Metal Resistance (2016) [Billboard 200: #39] Loudness - Lightning Strikes (1986) [Billboard 200: #64] Utada Hikaru - This Is the One (2009) [Billboard 200: #69] Loudness - Thunder in the East (1985) [Billboard 200: #74] ONE OK ROCK - Ambitions International Version (2017) [Billboard 200: #106] EZO - EZO (1987) [Billboard 200: #150] Utada Hikaru - Exodus (2004) [Billboard 200: #160] Loudness - Hurricane Eyes (1987) [Billboard 200: #190] Dir En Grey - Uroboros (2008) [Billboard Heatseeker: #1] Dir En Grey - Dum Spiro Spero (2011) [Billboard Heatseeker: #2] BABYMETAL - BABYMETAL (2015) [Billboard Heatseeker: #4] Dir En Grey - The Marrow of a Bone (2007) [Billboard Heatseeker: #8] ONE OK ROCK - 35xxxv Deluxe Edition (2015) [Billboard Heatseeker: #17] Pizzicato Five - Happy End of the World (1997) [Billboard Heatseeker: #32] Shonen Knife - Rock Animals (1994) [Billboard Heatseeker: #39] Dir En Grey - Withering to Death (2006) [Billboard Heatseeker: #42] From what I've posted, I do think that not singing in English could have hurt any success Dir En Grey and other VK-related bands could have had in the Western music scene. I also think the type of music Dir En Grey did also hindered them in some ways. Before someone brings up BABYMETAL sings in Japanese and managed to sell well; I view them in a similar light as Steel Panther, a group that's not super serious compare to a group like Dir En Grey.
  7. Ikki

    I actually got this back when it was released last month, but I never got around posting about it. Ignore how messy my CD bookcase is at the time being. This is what I got in the mail today. Some Gastunk vinyl. Banana Fish album and two Sleep My Dear singles. Girltique flexi-disc and Tokyo Yankees autograph board. This cool special issue of Rockin' f magazine from 1994. The magazine featured a lot of early 90s VK and late 90s VK groups, so I was super excited to see some less featured early VK groups (like Amphibian and Red Tail Cat) get some attention in this magazine and seeing early versions of Baiser, Shazna, Vasalla, and La'cryma Christi.
  8. Ikki

    I've have had added a few releases over there a couple of weeks ago and was getting ready to add all of the Tokyo Yankees discography items I own. (I just had to dig them out of cluttered bookcase of CDs.) I have a few requests: Could we get artist pages for the following artists: BY-SEXUAL, Color, Kamaitachi, Billy & the Sluts, Decameron, Ladies Room, Strawberry Fields, Sister's No Future, and Genkaku Allergy. I own a lot of releases by these artists, so I could provide the data for what I have to help out. Can we get get some vinyl options for the physical medium section on the add release/edit release page? I own some VK releases on vinyl that are LPs, EPs, and even some flexi-singles. I'm pretty sure a lot of VK fans know that Justy-Nasty's Pleasure of the Sluts and Color's Gekitotsu!! had vinyl releases, but how many fans know that Rouage had both their Soup and Mind albums released on vinyl? Also, I know that in the early 90s, a lot of the VK bands that were signed to major labels had cassette tape versions of singles and albums. Most of the ones I've found have been promotional copies, but is it possible to get an option for regular cassette tapes that aren't demo tapes in the physical medium section? I own BY-SEXUAL's Be Free and Aura's Smile & Smile singles as promotional cassette tapes and I have seen all of Strawberry Fields' major label releases as radio promotional cassette tapes. If you need any group pictures of late 80s/early 90s VK bands, I have a large pile of magazines from this period of VK that can flip through and scan up all of the group photos of VK bands I can find in them. I also have a few magazines from the late 90s that might be useful. I have some band pictures on my computer already scanned up for personal usage, so you can view them here to check to see if the image quality is up to standard. I want to note the Ladies Room and Justy-Nasty pictures are HUGE because they were scanned from the vinyl releases of their first albums.
  9. Ikki

    The cheapest 30,000 yen I have ever spent. Too bad the next VK item I really want, Ladies Room - Toy Girl vinyl single, is going to set me back just as much money.
  10. Ikki

    So I got my other package I was talking on my last post. Rouage - Soup (on vinyl) A bunch of Wizard releases. Aliene Ma'riage - Les Soiree (both versions) Kuroyume - 生きていた中絶児 Eliphas Levi - リデルの赤い書物 Decameron - バラードは歌わない Baiser - Psychoballet Baiser - Ash Color - Galaxy Grand Slam - Faraway VHS + Single Grand Slam - Infinity VHS
  11. Ikki

    My most recent purchase. Nothing too special. I wasn't supposed to get this until Friday with my other haul that contains Color's Galaxy and Decameron's バラードは歌わない. I only bought that magazine for the Kamaitachi and Loudness articles.
  12. Ikki

    I really don't have much of an opinion on piracy in general. Piracy has always been the foundation of the Western VK scene since the beginning. I still remember trying to download Kuroyume and GLAY songs that were ripped at 128kbps on dial-up in 1999 that took over 2 hours to download per song. I'm pretty sure most of the groups, Japanese or not, I've been into, I probably got into them due to filesharing. Anymore, I rarely download anything VK related since there's Youtube to sample newer bands. I'm more likely to illegally download Kpop and Jpop artists's releases than VK ones. The only things I usually download are lives since when ever I have bought one, I usually only watch it once and then it collects dust on my shelf. Hell, I had DEG live DVDs I have bought and never even watched to only give them to a friend because I knew she would enjoy them more than I was. Most of the bands I share are either long disbanded or are active and have a large enough fanbase that the single/album was going to get shared sooner or later. When it comes to purchasing releases, I have an odd way of thinking on how I make a purchase. I considered myself more of a collector of VK bands than a fan at times. If I really like the band's sound, it usually translates into me buying the releases new off of Amazon.co.jp or CDJapan. If the band catches my eye but I don't think they're going to last long, I sometimes try to snag a used copy of their releases until I'm sure the group is going to be sticking around for awhile. If an album is considered a 'classic' in the VK fandom and I don't like the artist, I will usually try to get a used copy dirt cheap. It's a bit off topic, but I included why I buy used copies over new copies.
  13. I can't believe I just shelled out almost 30,000 yen for a VK CD.  Damn you, Color's Galaxy album!

    1. Laurence02

      Laurence02

      Damn, why is it that expensive even? Godspeed. Rest in pieces, Ikki's wallet.

  14. Ikki

    Here's the pictures of this haul.
  15. Ikki

    I bought the new Loudness album. Nothing too special. However, I am waiting for a package to arrive within the next week with the following: Aura - Smile & Smile (promo cassette) Azz - Electric Body Baiser - La Luna Baiser - くちづけ (Lawson Special Edit version) Baiser - Kaleidoscope Baiser - En Fleur Baiser - Utopia Color - Returned Again Sandbag Baby II (limited live single) Dir en grey - Missa Gilles de Rais - Gilles de Rais Gilles de Rais - Damned Pictures (1st pressing, autographed) Missalina Rei - 月花白麗 Penicillin - Vibe Penicillin - Samurai Boy Penicillin - Hamlet Penicillin - Indwell Penicillin - God of Grind Penicillin - Missing Link Penicillin - Imitation Love Penicillin - ロマンス Penicillin - Earth Penicillin - into the valley of dolls Shady Dolls - Happy Swing Shady Dolls - こころの眼 Shady Dolls - The Band on the Roof 女的 (Girltique) - う・そ・つ・き 黒蝪蝶 - 帝王切開 妖花 - Seek Since I'm working a bunch of overtime right now, I have no idea when I am able to post pictures of that haul when it does arrive.
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