Because under the normal order of things, we frankly don't care what you think, except insofar as it can be wittily mocked...am I right? (No no just kidding, we love all lets enjoy please come on yeah!!)
But, it's been a little quiet on here lately, so I've decided to start a discussion thread for once.
In the name of understanding my readership better, I invite you to share your personal stories, on two topics:
1) If you were not introduced to Buck-Tick through "Dress," how did you discover the band? What year was it when you first heard a Buck-Tick song, and what song was it? How old were you then, and how old are you now?
2) If your favorite band member is not Acchan-chan, who is your favorite band member, and why?
Please be concise. Brevity is the soul of wit. No more than five sentences, unless you have a really funny story to tell.
If you were introduced to Buck-Tick through "Dress," and your favorite member is Acchan-chan-sama-chan, post a comment containing nothing but the words "you got me."
I hope you're either single or separated from your lover, just for tonight, because being coupled is too cliche. And misery makes much better music.
Also, if you're single you can watch the Dress PV on repeat ALL NIGHT LONG without anyone being able to stop you from wondering how much hotter Acchan would be if he were a girl amirite? (Puts new meaning in the phrase "lipstick lesbian.")
The only problem is, there's no one there to give you chocolates.
In Pure Sound Osaka, which is the single best, most comprehensive dealer of visual kei CDs, DVDs, associated tour crap, and goth-loli clothes in all of Japan, the following sign can be found on the wall of the clothing section.
An English approximation of the text:
You SHOPLIFT, we go TEH POLICE.
Toll: shoplifting is too lame lol
Imai: If u shoplift ur an asshole lololol
do u think wearing clothes you stole is fun
Cuz ur never gonna settle out of court.
But for me, the tactical effectiveness of this is all about that look on Mr. Sakurai's face. You said you wanted him to eat you? Well....betcha didn't want him to LITERALLY EAT YOU. At Pure Sound, if you shoplift, you are RAPTOR BREAKFAST, you hear?
Clearly, someone on the Pure Sound staff is a Buck-Tick fan. The album booklet for Seventh Heaven is also taped to the door of the changing room.
A live report of the ENTIRE Yumemiru Uchuu tour is now up over at Not Greatest Site. I know, it took me a long time to write. In my defense, the live report itself is long. But, I promise you, it's a good one. And it contains sex jokes (I know how much you guys like those!) So you should read it. Feel free to leave you comments here.
This post mostly goes to BTZone from Livejournal, re Buck-Tick live tours and Okinawa. (BTZone, I hope your site gets well soon!)
1) Buck-Tick no longer travel with a convoy of three trucks. Now there's only one truck (albeit, it's a giant one.) And, to all you confused fangirls, the band members do not travel in the tour truck. The tour truck carries the sets. The band members travel separately. Do not try to stalk them on their travels or they will hate you forever.
2) The monorail in Naha is useful, but only if you're in central Naha. When I was in Naha it was mostly locals riding it, not tourists.
3) With regard to the Tottori thing, Buck-Tick claimed they made special arrangements with their staff to hit all the Japanese prefectures on the Yumemiru Uchuu/Cosmic Dreamer tours. It was part of the 25th anniversary deal, they discussed it in the fanclub newsletter. However I notice that they skipped out on Fukushima prefecture and a number of others including Shimane, Akita, Yamagata, Iwate, Kagoshima, Toyama, Fukui, Yamaguchi, Yamanashi, Wakayama, Mie, Aomori, and in fact, Kyoto...possibly because Imai and Toll have both demonstrated they can't label most of these prefectures on a map, but also probably because almost no fans live in any of them...these being the most sparsely populated regions of Japan to begin with (Kyoto being the exception but they played two days in Osaka and Kyoto's only half an hour from Osaka by express train. BTZone I know you know this stuff, this is for the general audiences.) So I guess what they meant is, they made special arrangements to hit all the main islands and regions of Japan, thinking that surely the three members of the Shimane fanclub could make it to Tottori for the weekend. According to the fans I spoke to who followed the entire tour, the halls in small cities were not sold out and many of the local fans came over quite silent, though it's impossible to tell whether their silence was the result of a lack of enthusiasm or too much enthusiasm.
4) For what it's worth, I checked, and Oita T.O.P.S. Bitts Hall, at which Buck-Tick are playing in two weeks, can also be rented for weddings, fashion shows, and AKB48 cosplay events.
5) To all of you who don't live in Japan and haven't been to Japan: domestic travel in Japan is one of the wonders of the modern world! From Toyko, flying to Okinawa only takes about as much time as riding the bullet train to Osaka. The cost is about the same too. However, neither are cheap...that's really the only issue. Even so, I would advise anyone who can manage to to take the bullet train or a plane rather than an overnight bus if you can possibly manage it. Overnight buses take hours, they're the most uncomfortable vehicles known to man, and there have recently been a bunch of exposes about how sketchy the bus companies' management is, how the drivers are overworked and underpaid and in some cases drive sleeping or drunk. You've been warned. That was my five cents.
The Cosmic Dreamer Tour continues, accompanied by the Fish Tanker's Only 2013 Tour. Though I haven't known Buck-Tick to do much with sets for standing tours, this tour is an exception, and they even have a tour truck! Ladies and gentlemen, just look at that hat. Could you say no to that hat? I thought not.
The ironic thing about the giant set for this tour is, Buck-Tick spent all of last summer playing outdoor gigs that got rained on. So what do they do?
They bring the rain INSIDE, of course. Ladies and gentlemen, this set includes a RAIN MACHINE.
To make it RAIN.
ON THE STAGE.
In fact, they've been making it rain in a perfect circle surrounding Mr. Sakurai, so he can get his fingers wet without getting his feet wet, so he can taste test the waters without getting in over his head, so he can put in a few fingers without the whole fist, so he can get moist without sopping, so he can take a dip without fear of a deluge...who are we kidding, we know this guy likes rain. And, as they always say, no rain, no gain.
But two weekends ago in Yokohama, as he was wearing some very fine (read: expensive) leather trousers, our waiting for him to finally give up the teasing and just step right through that cold shower curtain into the open arms of the fans was all in vain. He didn't do that till next weekend in Osaka.
Namba Hatch is pictured above. I told you it looks like a flying saucer.
Other highlights of this tour so far: IT RAINED ONSTAGE.
During "Zangai" it rained actual drops of water, and during "Yasou" the rain continued as a fine mysterious mist. All of this excess fluid was collected neatly in a wire mesh platform beneath Mr. Sakurai's pointy high-heeled shoes.
Other highlights of this tour so far: IT FUCKING RAINED ONSTAGE.
Other highlights of this tour so far: The fanclub-only shows include a "gacha-gacha" game, where you can stand in line to pull a plastic capsule out of a feely-box. The capsules are filled with Buck-Tick goodies, including phone straps, fridge magnets, and pin badges featuring adorable anime chibi versions of the band members. A few of the capsules also contain signed guitar/bass picks. The gacha-gacha costs 200 yen per try and is available up until half an hour before the doors open, inside the venue during the show, and also after the show. You can participate multiple times but you have to go to the back of the line each time. Each fan is only allowed five tries per show. If you try five times and still fail to pick lil' Yuta's pick, well then, I guess you can go cry some capsule tears.
In other news, Hide has acquired a new nickname, "Dehi." This is, simply, "Hide" spelled backwards (in katakana.) The fans are all screaming "Dehi" at him now, but I'm not sure he knows who they're talking about, though his smug smirk certainly makes it seem like he does. A sticker set based around his oh-so-occultiful pentacle symbol is now available for a mere 500 yen and selling like lemonade on a hot summer's day. Stick this on the back of your guitar or the bottom of your coffee mug or inside your iPeen case and feel mystically close to Dehi all day long.
Imai, meanwhile, gloriously epic-failed on the introduction to "Miss Take" at yesterday's show at Namba Hatch. To the fans near me in the crowd who looked quizzically at me as if wondering why I was laughing: I was laughing because Imai made a miss take.
Imai has also produced an out-of-this world "space print" hoodie, currently on sale at the goods booths for a mere 12500 yen. It's funny to me that space print has gotten so trendy lately...are all fashion designers Buck-Tick fans? But at risk of knocking Imai's moon out of orbit, I'll say that I have yet to see anyone who isn't Imai look remotely good in this hoodie. However, wearers of the hoodie, don't give up yet - perhaps if y'all wore pink suede fringed loafers, space print spandex tights, a fringe belt of multicolored chains, and a lime green tour t-shirt with the neck cut out, as Imai has been doing, you'd come closer.
Yutaka, for his part, is styling out a version of a haircut you dubstep fans like to call "the Skrillex." Long live Dub-Tick.
Incidentally, a friend of Not Greatest Site managed to catch one of Yutaka's thrown picks in her bra. And she's only a modest size A. Even the smallest person can make the largest difference! (For extra credit draw me a fanart of Yutaka as a hobbit. I mean it. Please draw me a picture like this.)
Now, last but not least!
A drumroll, please!
Buck-Tick performed "MY BABY JAPANESE" live!
For the first and second times ever, and we were there to witness it!!
I accidentally ALL THE BUCK-TICK SONGS!!!!!
It was the Type II version, but still. This is an honor they have as yet only bestowed on fanclub members at the fanclub-only shows, but we're grateful. It just goes to show how Buck-Tick is at their best when performing live, that I've been listening to this song for ten years and watching the live performance still made me see things in it I'd never noticed before. It also goes to show what an expressive performer Mr. Sakurai is, that his prop-free performance in Yokohama was more persuasive than the performance he gave in Osaka, in which he sang most of the song while hiding coyly behind a silver Venetian mask. Cayce to Mr. Sakurai: I see what you did there and I know exactly who you're imitating.
P.S. Calling all fangirls: if you ever wanted to hear Mr. Sakurai breathe heavily into the microphone and beg a roomful of sweaty fans to "make me come," well, too bad, you missed it :P Better luck climaxing next time.
One-of-a-kind rock band Buck-Tick got their start in the mid 1980's as an iconic product of Japan's "band boom." Maintaining the same lineup of members for the entirety of their 30-year career, Buck-Tick have had an enormous influence on the subsequent development of Japanese rock and rock-n-roll culture.
In 1989, the band scored their first chart-topping hit with their third album, Taboo. Just two years after their debut, they joined the ranks of Japan's top artists, playing to sold-out crowds at the Nippon Budoukan and the Tokyo Dome.
Never content to rest on their laurels, the band followed their initial success by deepening their pop sensibilities with a darker worldview, and expanding into more experimental territory, taking chances on radical new performance styles and technology in a process of continuing evolution.
In 2012, the band established their own new label, Lingua Sounda, in conjunction with their 25th anniversary. To celebrate the anniversary, the band held a festival on September 22nd and 23rd entitled "Buck-Tick Fest 2012 on Parade" in Chiba Port Park at an outdoor venue designed specially for the occasion. In addition to two hour-long headlining performances by Buck-Tick, the festival also featured a complete roster of artists who contributed tracks to Buck-Tick's second tribute cover album, Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick.
In 2013, a double-feature documentary film about the 25th anniversary, The Buck-Tick Phenomenon, was released in cinemas throughout Japan to great acclaim.
In 2016, the band returned to their original label, Victor Entertainment, after 20 years of work with other labels. New World, the band's first single since rejoining Victor, was released on September 21st, followed by a new album, Atom Miraiha No. 9 on September 28th.
In 2017, Buck-Tick celebrated their 30th anniversary, and were awarded the Inspiration Award Japan, a special prize given to music artists who have had an outsize influence on the development of pop music in Japan. The band accepted their award on September 27th at MTV Japan's live music video awards show Video Music Awards Japan 2017 -The Live-,” where they also gave a special live performance.
On September 20th, the band released a 30th anniversary best album entitled Catalogue 1987-2016. Following this, on September 23rd and 24th, the band performed a pair of concerts, Buck-Tick 2017 The Parade -30th Anniversary, "Fly Side" and "High Side," at Tokyo's Odaiba Special Outdoor Event Area J, attracting a crowd of more than 20,000 people over two days. Then on November 15th, the band released its first 30th anniversary single, Babel.
Before releasing Babel, the band embarked on an 18-stop national tour, The Day in Question 2017, opening at Omiya Sonic City on October 21st and featuring a stadium performance at Takasaki Arena in their home prefecture of Gunma, before concluding with a pair of finale concerts at the Nippon Budoukan on December 28th and 29th.
In 2018, the band released another single, Moon Tell Me Goodbye, on February 21st, followed by a new album, No. 0, on March 14th. The band are currently in the middle of a new tour, Buck-Tick 2018 Tour No. 0, to promote the new album.
One-of-a-kind rock band Buck-Tick got their start in the mid 1980's as an iconic product of Japan's "band boom." All hailing from the small rural town of Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture, the five band members met while still in high school, bonding over a mutual love of records during informal gatherings at the home of band founder, lead guitarist and main songwriter, Hisashi Imai. Though the band's original lineup featured a different vocalist and Atsushi Sakurai on drums, after graduating high school and moving to Tokyo to pursue their dream of becoming professional musicians, the band soon switched Sakurai to vocals, and bassist Yutaka Higuchi recruited his older brother Toll Yagami to play drums instead. The band have maintained the same five members since that time.
After being signed to the indie label Taiyo Records, the band rocketed to stardom, making their major label debut on Victor Entertainment within a year, and taking the Japanese music scene by storm with their infectious punk melodies, spiky bleached hair, bold costumes, and theatrical stage shows. Within two years, they topped the charts with their third album, Taboo. Recorded in London, Taboo marked a turning point for the band, from a teenage pop sensation into something darker. Buck-Tick continued into darker territory with their next album, Aku no Hana (The Flowers of Evil), named for the poetry of Charles Baudelaire.
Never content to rest on their laurels, Buck-Tick followed their initial runaway success with a push into more experimental territory, spending many more hours in the studio to create ever deeper, more layered records. Koroshi no Shirabe -This is NOT Greatest Hits- (The Song of Murder), a self-cover album featuring heavily reworked versions of the band's earlier material, was followed by another album, Kurutta Taiyou (Crazy Sun), now regarded as a classic of Japanese rock and roll. From this album forward, vocalist Sakurai took a greater role in the band's creative output, penning darker, more introspective lyrics based on personal experience rather than the romantic fantasies of the band's previous works. While lead guitarist Imai remained the band's main composer and creative director, rhythm guitarist Hidehiko Hoshino also began to contribute more to the songwriting, cementing the band's mature sound.
Over the next two decades, Buck-Tick continued to evolve, exploring a diversity of genres ranging from new wave to industrial, shoegaze, punk, electronica, dreampop, surf rock, rap, Latin dance, goth, and symphonic metal. Drawing on both Western and Eastern influences, the band developed a unique style instantly recognizable despite their continuous genre-hopping. Layers of minimalist riffs, melodies, and electronic tracks synergize into an immersive, kaleidoscopic sonic experience far more than the sum of its parts. Tied together with the tight grooves of the Higuchi brothers' bass and drums and the bold simplicity of Hoshino's rhythm guitar, Buck-Tick's songs feature Imai's instantly memorable guitar licks like a second vocalist, even as Imai often adds eccentric backing vocals to Sakurai's rich baritone lead vocals. Cosmic themes of love and death abound in the piquant, poetic lyrics, which traverse as many genres as the music, overflowing with inspiration from art, literature, and philosophy.
The result is something utterly original, which continues to exert a tremendous influence on the progress of Japanese rock music to this day. Maintaining a large and wildly devoted cult following, the band continue to perform for sold-out crowds at Japan's most well-respected music venues, and are regularly cited as an influence by younger Japanese artists. A number of Buck-Tick's songs were also used as themes for popular anime series, expanding the band's fame internationally among fans of Japanese pop culture in dozens of countries around the world.
The band's recent achievements include establishment of their own new record label, Lingua Sounda, in 2012, and a 25th anniversary festival held in September 2012 at a special outdoor venue in Chiba Port Park, featuring an all-star roster of artists who contributed tracks to Buck-Tick's second tribute cover album, Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick-. In 2013, a double-feature documentary film, The Buck-Tick Phenomenon, was released to great acclaim in theaters across Japan.
In 2016, Buck-Tick returned to their original label, Victor Entertainment, after 20 years of separation, releasing a single, New World, followed by Atom Miraiha No. 9, their first new studio album since 2014.
In September 2017, the band cemented their legacy as Japanese rock legends by celebrating their 30th anniversary with a two-day outdoor concert series, Buck-Tick 2017 The Parade -30th Anniversary, "Fly Side" and "High Side," held on Tokyo's Odaiba Island before a crowd of more than 20,000 people. The next week, the band took to the stage again at MTV Japan's Video Music Japan awards to accept the Inspiration Award Japan, a special prize given to music artists who have had an outsize influence on the development of pop music in Japan.
In October 2017, the band embarked on a national tour, The Day in Question 2017, performing a selection of hits from their back catalog to celebrate their anniversary, and featuring a stadium performance at Takasaki Arena, near the band's home town.
Entering their 31st year of major label activities, the band show no sign of slowing down. Two new singles, Babel and Moon Sayonara wo Oshiete (Moon Tell Me Goodbye), preceded the band's 21st studio album, No. 0, and the band are currently in the middle of a new tour, Buck-Tick 2018 Tour No. 0, to promote the new album.