Finally! "The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" Listed

> Nov 14 2007

Finally! "The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" Listed
By Cam LindsayThe "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time" have been chosen by Rolling Stone Japan. Well, they've been chosen by RS contributing editor Kawasaki Daisuke, who also founded the very stylish pop music/fashion/design mag Beikoku Ongaku, so the list could very well be worthwhile. We here at Exclaim! are amazed a list as such never existed before. Unsurprisingly, the oldest album dates way back to 1968 (The Jacks' Jacks no Sekai), however in a breakdown of decades, it appears most of the "greatest" were released in the '80s and '90s, which split the vote at 34 releases a piece; the '70s come in second with 23 (but can boast for having the highly coveted top spot with Happy End's Kazemachi Roman), the '00s have 8, and the '60s, well, just one.

P.S. If you have more than five of these albums, you're more schooled in J-rock than I am.

Without further ado, the list (apologies for removing the Japanese characters - they were problematic):

1. Happy End Kazemachi Roman / 1971
2. RC SUCCESSION Rhapsody / 1980
3. The Blue Hearts The Blue Hearts / 1987
4. YMO Solid State Survivor / 1979
5. Yazawa Eikichi Gold Rush / 1978
6. Shoukichi Kina & Champloose Shoukichi Kina & Champloose / 1977
7. Ohtaki Eiichi A Long Vacation / 1981
8. Fishmans Kuuchuu Camp / 1996
9. Sadistic Mika Band Kurofune / 1974
10. Cornelius Fantasma / 1997
11. Sano Motoharu SOMEDAY / 1982
12. Arai Yumi Hikouki Kumo / 1973
13. The Jacks Jacks no Sekai / 1968
14. Yamashita Tatsuro SPACY / 1977
15. X BLUE BLOOD / 1989
16. Anarchy Anarchy / 1980
17. Carol Moetsukiru -Last Live / 1975
18. Togawa Jun Tamahime-sama / 1983
19. The Plastics Welcome Plastics / 1980
20. Murahachibu Live / 1973
21. Friction Atsureki / 1980
22. Ankoku Tairiku Jagatara Nanban Torai / 1982
23. BOW WOW WARNING FROM STARDUST / 1982
24. Gedou Gedou / 1974
25. Boredoms Chocolate Synthesizer / 1994
26. Yano Akiko Japanese Girl / 1976
27. The Stalin STOP JAP / 1982
28. The Roosters Good Dreams / 1984
29. Mute Beat FLOWER / 1987
30. Endou Kenji Manzoku Dekiru Kana / 1971
31. Yuukadan Seibun 59 Mins / 1977
32. Southern All Stars Ninkimono de ikou / 1984
33. INU Meshi kuu na / 1981
34. Dir en grey Withering to Death / 2005
35. Flipperfs Guitar CAMERA TALK / 1990
36. Char PSYCHE / 1988
37. Shonen Knife LETfS KNIFE / 1992
38. Yonin Bayashi Isshoku Sokuhatsu / 1974
39. Carmen Maki•OZ Carmen Maki•OZ / 1975
40. Loudness Disillusion ~ Gekiken Reika / 1984
41. RC SUCCESSION Covers / 1988
42. Zelda Zelda / 1982
43. Rebecca IV`Maybe Tomorrow / 1985
44. Sheena & Rockets Shinkuu Back / 1979
45. Godaigo CM Song Graffiti Godaigo Super Hits / 1978
46. Tama Hirune / 1991
47. Merzbow Music for Bondage Performance / 1991
48. Kahimi Karie MY FIRST KARIE / 1995
49. Fushitsusha 1st / 1989
50. Elephant Kashimashi Elephant Kashimashi II / 1988
51. Guitar Wolf Ookami Wakusei / 1997
52. P-MODEL IN A MODEL ROOM / 1979
53. Itou Seikou MESS/AGE / 1989
54. Buffalo Daughter Captain Vapor Athletes / 1996
55. Aburadako Aburadako / 1985
56. Zunou Keisatsu Zunou Keisatsu 1 / 1972
57. Murasaki Murasaki / 1976
58. Ippudou LUNATIC MENU / 1982
59. Tei Towa Future Listening! / 1994
60. Rankin Taxi Wild de iku zo / 1991
61. Ken Ishii JELLY TONES / 1995
62. Creation Pure Electric Soul / 1977
63. Violent Onsen Geisha NATION OF RHYTHM SLAVES / 1996
64. Pizzicato Five HAPPY END OF THE WORLD / 1997
65. Moon Riders Aozora Hyakkei / 1982
66. S.O.B. WHATfS THE TRUTH? / 1990
67. The Fantastic Plastic Machine The Fantastic Plastic Machine / 1997
68. Takagi Kan Grass Roots / 1992
69. Ozawa Kenji LIFE / 1994
70. Rosa Luxemburg Puripuri / 1986
71. Flower Traveling Band Satori / 1971
72. Denki Groove A / 1997
73. Salon Music La Paloma Show / 1984
74. Scha Dara Parr 5TH Wheel 2 the coach / 1995
75. BOOWY JUST A HERO / 1986
76. Puffy JET CD / 1998
77. Izumiya Shigeru 80 no Ballad / 1978
78. Rino Latina II Carnival of Rino / 2001
79. Blankey Jet City BANG! / 1991
80. Fujiwara Hiroshi Nothing Much Better to Do / 1994
81. Sandii & the Sunsets IMMIGRANTS / 1982
82. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra TOKYO SKA PARADISE / 1989
83. Mr. Children Atomic Heart / 1994
84. The Street Sliders SLIDER JOINT / 1983
85. Sunny Day Service Tokyo / 1996
86. Supercar HIGHVISION / 2002
87. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant High Time / 1996
88. Newest Model PRETTY RADIATION / 1988
89. Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip / 2000
90. Rip Slyme FIVE / 2001
91. Hi-Standard ANGRY FIST / 1997
92. Number Girl Shibuya Rock Transformed Joutai / 1999
93. Okuda Tamio Matatabi / 1998
94. Spitz Spitz / 1991
95. V.A. GO-GO KING RECORDERS ORIGINAL RECORDINGS vol.1 / 2006
96. Quruli TEAM ROCK / 2001
97. Theatre Brook TALISMAN / 1996
98. Maximum the Hormone Bu-Ikikaesu / 2007
99. Utada Hikaru First Love / 1999
100. Kaji Hideki TEA / 1998

Click here to read neojaponisme's commentary, which provides Amazon.co.jp links to each album.

Cornelius "Star Fruits Surf Rider" (Taken from #10's Fantasma)


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This list is just rubish since it includes also pop albums
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No Seikima II, Show-ya, The Alfee, Buck Tick? Jesus.. this list is total crap.
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The list isn't relevant, to many more important names missed.
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No Earthshaker or Anthem?
Concerto Moon?

The mere fact that Utada Hikaru is on the list kind of makes it hard to take seriously.

Most of the list is just generic, recycled pop.
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I have the YMO,Cornelius, Kahimi Karie, Guitar Wolf, Buffalo Daughter, Tei Towa, Pizzicato Five, Fantastic Plastic Machine, and Shiina Ringo albums. I must be cool.
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WHAT...no SUPERSNAZZ or TEENGENERATE records?! What hat did they pull that list out of?! FAIL.
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Where is BORIS???
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1 for Loudness! At least it is clearly in the rock category as the headline suggested. They are here at THE MOD CLUB soon if you want to witness some fantastic guitar work.
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Why there's no "EP-4" and "Taco"?
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Where is Ginnan Boyz?
でも日本人が見ても公平で納得するリストだと思うよ
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WHAT about SHONEN KNIFE or 5,6,7,8's ? List is a fucking JOKE!
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The lack of Boris is outright bizarre. Neither one of my favourite Japanese bands - Koenjihyakkei and Ruins - is represented either.
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Well, Boris the 5,6,7,8's both suck, there is a Shonen Knife album on there, and most of Ginnan Boyz's album were released after this list was made seven years ago. Yes, there are obviously some oversights (i.e no DJ Krush or Acid Mothers Temple), but I doubt any of us have heard half of the albums that are on this list, so it might behoove us to try to meet this this halfway.
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