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The Gerogerigegege

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Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan (1985 – present)

The Gerogerigegege (ザ・ゲロゲリゲゲゲ) is a music project created in 1985 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan by Juntaro Yamanouchi, who runs and maintains the Vis A Vis record label in Japan. The name of the group combines the Japanese words for “vomit” (gero) and “diarrhoea” (geri) with what is supposedly the sound of these actions occurring simultaneously (gegege). It has also been transliterated to mean “barf, diarrhoea, ha ha ha,” although “ge” is also variously an onomatopoetic word of disgust or exasperation, making the name open to several differing interpretations. To describe the group, Yamanouchi has used the term “.”

Though they are often categorized with Japanese acts such as Merzbow and Masonna, The Gerogerigegege has also released albums of more straight-forward (Sexual Behaviour In The Human Male), noise (45 RPM Performance), and music (None Friendly, Endless Humiliation), in addition to several seven-inch records mixing these styles with found recordings. The group is best known for their 1990 album Tokyo Anal Dynamite. This album consists of 75 songs, each under a minute in duration, which serve as a fusion of The Ramones’ punk jams (replete with Juntaro yelling “1 2 3 4!!” over and over) and John Zorn’s frantic Naked City project.

Over the years, The Gerogerigegege has included many members, the most notable and consistent other than Yamanouchi being Gero 30 (also known as Gero 56; real name Tetsuya Endoh), an exhibitionist known to masturbate onstage during live performances. Masturbation is called “senzuri” (lit.

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