The latest shopping service post brings oodles and oodles of Buck-Tick books and other goodies, so take a look, everyone - it's definitely cheaper than a trip to Japan! Some of these items are rare to the point that I'm not sure when, if ever, I will be able to stock them again, so don't miss your chance! If you'd like to reserve an item, email me at themadaristocrat at gmail. If you're sure you want the item but you don't quite have the cash to pay for it yet, go ahead and email me and I will put the item on reserve for you for up to a month. All items are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't hesitate! . SOLDFish Tanker's Only 2009 DVD - Limited Edition
The limited edition of the elusive Fish Tanker's Only 2009 live DVD includes not only a full-length live DVD of the concert held at Zepp Tokyo on October 12th, 2009, but also a thick glossy DVD-sized photobook full of delicious still shots of the band members performing and backstage. This item was only available for purchase to Fish Tank members for a limited time back in 2011, and is nearly impossible to locate now. Perfect condition. 14000 yen. Set List: SE: Love and Death 01. Memento Mori 02. Les Enfants Terribles 03. Suzumebachi 04. Montage 05. Motel 13 06. Umbrella 07. Coyote 08. Kirameki no Naka de 09. Lullaby III 10. Limbo 11. Jonathan Jet-Coaster 12. Katte ni Shiyagare 13. Tenshi wa Dare da 14. Heaven 15. Makka na Yoru 16. Galaxy 17. Empty Girl 18. Just One More Kiss 19. Alice in Wonder Underground 20. Revolver 21. Kyokutou Yori Ai wo Komete .
Schweinfest Tour Pamphlet A
This softcover pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case and contains about 80 pages of photos, including studio glamor shots, candids from Schwein's photoshoot in New York City, making-of shots from the You're My Disease PV filming, photos of the band's at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, and others. It was only sold at the venues on the Schweinfest tour and is consequently extremely rare and nearly impossible to find for a reasonable price, even in Japan. If you want it, this may be your only chance to get it! This pamphlet is in perfect condition, which is extremely rare, as the binding for this book is quite weak and most copies have loose pages. To avoid stressing the binding, I have only posted a few sample photos of the copy I have available. The rest of the sample photos are scans taken from a kind internet user. However, all photos are present in the booklet. 9500 yen.
Imai: "Acchan...please don't tell anyone that I woke up in that dumpster this morning."
In Times Square!
Schwein! Get it?
Imai: "Does this blackout facemask make me look fat?"
Whose house is this, I wonder?
Phone sex, Schwein style: "I'm naked except for the flag of your country"
Fushimi Inari in Kyoto
Barrels of blessed sake
You're My Disease PV filming
Imai is horny and down with this (literally!)
Imai always wanted to be in the middle.
Sakurai Atsushi Solo Photobook
This gorgeous, giant hardcover photobook was released as part of Sakurai Atsushi's solo project. Contains 158 pages of sexy, arty photographs of dear Mr. Sakurai. Most of the photos are black and white, but a few are in color, including that one that all the fangirls love to make into livejournal icons. This is a must have for any fangirl, though you'll have to take care not to stain the lovely glossy pages with your fangirl juices. Rare and out of print. This is a pristine, perfect condition copy, and includes the original plastic laminated promotional flyer as well. 9000 yen. Special shipping rates apply (this thing is so heavy you could use it as a weapon.)
Come on baby light my fire!
We saw what you did there, photographer.
ARMPRONZ (is that how you say it in fangirl speak?)
Please me, oh yes. It's like a porunograph. Get off get off just!
SOLD WORDS by Buck-Tick
This very thick, hardcover book published by the music magazine Ongaku to Hito contains a digest of all the interviews and photoshoots Buck-Tick did for the magazine between 1987 and 2002. In addition to 64 pages of full color photos, it contains and extensive interview section with additional photographs and some very interesting interviews chronicling the band's history and recording process tour by tour. Interviews include not only the five Buck-Tick members, but also chats with Schaft (Imai and Maki Fujii), Schwein (Imai, Sakurai, Raymond Watts), and crosstalk between Imai and Hide of X Japan, and Sakurai and Issay of Der Zibet. Recommended for any fan, but especially if you are learning Japanese, this book is a great way to practice. The textured pages made it hard to photograph but the photos look very crisp in person. Perfect condition. Out of print. 4500 yen.
Thumbnail of front cover
Buck-Tick in the Turkish Desert (Shapeless era)
Darker Than Darkness
Aku no Hana
Backstage during the Mona Lisa Overdrive tour (hang in there, Acchan-chan!)
Oh oh I'm in rest room!
Imai in the meat locker
Imai Hisashi and Sakurai Atsushi as Daniel Ash and Young Lord Voldemort
Homo-eros with the guest vocalist and a MIDI guitar on the Somewhere Nowhere Tour!
Omg you can see all his moles!
Just two men, making takoyaki on the beach at night...
Fish Tanker's Only Tour 2008 Pamphlet
This softcover pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case and contains 64 pages of full-color studio photos of the band members, some of which have been combined with graphics produced by GRADELIC studio. This tour was launched partly in support of the Heaven single, so half the photos feature the band members in white outfits and white hair - it's a very interesting look which they've never replicated before or since, so if you love your silver foxes, this is the pamphlet for you! The pages were difficult to photograph so I apologize for the flash flares in some of the sample photos, but obviously no flash flares will be present in real life. Aside from slightly worn corners, the pamphlet is in perfect condition. This pamphlet was only available for purchase by Fish Tank members at the venues on the tour, and is consequently extremely rare. If you want it, this may be your only chance to get it! 6000 yen.
13th Floor With Moonshine Tour Pamphlet A
This matte hardcover tour pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case, and contains 64 full-color pages of studio photography of the band members waltzing around gothically, showing off their sexy tophats, and, in the case of Hoshino Hidehiko, leering up the ballerina's tutu. Widely regarded as Buck-Tick's Best Tour Pamphlet Evar. Extremely rare and out of print. Perfect condition. 6000 yen.
ONE LIFE, ONE DEATH Tour Pamphlet A
This LP-sized softcover tour pamphlet contains some beautiful full-color portraits of the band members, as well as oodles of brooding black-and-white shots of the band during their trip to Korea. Perfect condition, rare and out of print. 4800 yen.
Look at Toll's hairspring!
Smoking is bad for you!
Mr. Sakurai, alone in a hotel bed, listening suspiciously for the encroachment of fangirls
Ohh sexy smokin' beasts.
Imai wakes up next to a dumpster.
Betraying the Feline Order, Mr. Sakurai takes a walk on the Dog Side.
"Just wait till you see what we're going to do with this toilet paper"
ONE LIFE, ONE DEATH Tour Pamphlet B
This softcover, all full color pamphlet contains pages and pages of live photography from the One Life, One Death tour. Very rare and out of print, perfect condition. 3000 yen.
. Memento Mori Pix Photobook
This huge, hardcover coffee table photobook contains reams of full-color photos from the Memento Mori Tour 2009, as well as black-and-white backstage shots and in-depth interviews with each band member. The photobook comes with a glossy slipcover, underneath which is a faux-leather binding embossed with intricate Memento Mori-themed patterns outlined in gold. Fans of Imai with long hair: relish Imai's braided Rapunzel look! Fans of bearded Mr. Sakurai: this is the book for you! This is the one and only photobook featuring Mr. Sakurai with a beard, so if beards are you cup of tea, this is a must-not-miss. Perfect condition, rare and out of print. 6000 yen. Special shipping rates apply (this thing is heavy!)
Front Cover (slipcover)
Front Cover (inside slipcover)
Acchan-chan macks on Dokuro-chan
Yutaka plays the woody bass
Intimate backstage paparazzi shots!
Band member interviews
Photo series showing the beginning of the show
The band lines up at the front of the stage for "Makka na Yoru"
Beard clock o'clock.
Rock and Read #42
Volume 42 of Rock and Read magazine, with a 32-page cover feature on Sakurai Atsushi, including a long interview and 13 pages of full-color photos. Also includes a bonus postcard. Other artists featured include Inoran of Luna Sea, Gara of Merry, Asagi of D, Akihide of Breakerz, Bansaku of Baroque, and others. This was one of the best selling issues of Rock & Read magazine and is very difficult to find for sale compared to the other issues. Perfect condition, out of print. 1700 yen.
COSMOS Tour Pamphlet
Softcover, LP-sized tour pamphlet contains 32 full color pages of really trippy photos of the band members and various drug-related objects, such as ash trays full of cigarettes (but smoking is bad for you!) It also contains 48 black-and-white pages full of candid photos of the band members goofing around backstage and on the road, including humorous commentary (written in Japanese, of course.) This is probably the largest collection of behind-the-scenes photography of Buck-Tick ever printed, so if you love your band members makeup-free, drunk and giggling unawares, you need this. For serious. Great condition, rare and out of print. 3800 yen.
This is what the color drug photos look like.
In the candids, Toll has a beard, and Sakurai has a smoke-beard (but smoking is bad for you!!!)
Sakurai and Imai brave the dangers of the convenience store to buy some pre-packaged underwear.
Imai says, "no photos, yo!" Too late.
Hide makes goggle eyes at Acchan-chan.
Six/Nine Tour Pamphlet
Very large, soft-cover pamphlet from the Six/Nine tour contains 40 pages of full color and arty black-and-white photos, including soft-focus closeups of the band members and some interesting full-body black and white nighttime outdoor shots. Great condition, rare and out of print. 2000 yen.
This is NOT Greatest Tour Pamphlet
Very large, softcover tour pamphlet from This is NOT Greatest Tour contains 30 pages of glossy full-color studio and live photography of the band members. The unusual design includes foldout covers and a section of flipbook-style divided pages in the middle. Great condition, rare and out of print. 3000 yen.
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.