". Roughly translated, it means "vomit diarrhea ha ha ha". Now, the Japanese have been known for their ridiculous harsh noise acts - Merzbow
, the Hanatarash
... moving up to early Boredoms
, and you could dump this group in with them. Now, I haven't actually HEARD anything by the Gerogerigegege, but I just spent the last hour reading about them and nearly all of their releases, which move beyond the realm of "art-damaged silly dadaist nonsense" into "OK, not even some snob with a noise rock radio show could find anything of value in here". From what I've gathered, their recorded output ranges from musique concrete (kind of), wildly experimental sound manipulation, noisy takes on Ramones
-style punk rock, ambient music, and flat-out "noisecore", featuring members bashing madly at instruments and screaming maniacally - you know, pretty standard spazzy noise shit, except with a huge emphasis on maniacal and spazzy.
Formed in 1985 in Shinjuku, Japan by Juntaro Yamanouchi, the band's second full-length record was titled This is Shaking Box Music: You Are Noisemaker. There was no music on it - it was merely a large metal box with roughly one hundred blank cassette tapes inside of it. The idea was - you guessed it - SHAKE the box to make your own noise! The actual description of the release is as follows: "FOR USE 100 CASSETTE TAPES WITH NO SOUND. HOLDING A HANDLE OF A METAL BOX WITH 100 CASSETTE IN IT AND SHAKING IT LIVELY.
BECAUSE BOX IS VERY VERY LARGE. MAYBE 3 SET SOLD."
In 1989, Showa was released. Featuring cover art of the recently deceased Japanese president, the album featured the band's trademark shout of "1-2-3-4" (Ramones-style - they did this before nearly every song started), followed by the Japanese national anthem. The album ends with the national anthem as well, but sandwiched inbetween the two anthems is, well, the sounds of a couple having sex for twenty or so minutes.
Their most popular album followed in 1990, Tokyo Anal Dynamite. I'm actually curious in this record, as it contains feedback-loaded Ramones-style punk rock, except completely art-damaged and noisy as hell. It's also something like 74 songs in about a half hour. Not much else to say about that one, BUT...
...a series of EP's released in 1993, starting with Mother Fellatio and Night bring us back to the silly dadaist noise nonsense. The former features 84 songs split over two sides of a 7" record, alternating between noisy bursts of shouting and spoken word. The formula the band would use on these releases was essentially shouting "1-2-3-4", then the song title, and then... well, noise, I suppose.
Night, however, is an altogether different beast. You know how angry youth try to anger their parents by listening to so-called angry "rebellious" music? They're going about it wrong. If I ever felt the need to piss off my parents with music, I would locate a recording of The Gerogerigegege's Night. It starts with the trademarked "1-2-3-4", and then for the next nine minutes, the horrible and vile sounds of a man defecating into a toilet. Imagine walking down the university hallways and hearing people talk about "this album I found that's basically this guy taking a dump for EVER! It's so nasty, my girlfriend/boyfriend was in the room, too!"
Moving on from the lovely topic of scatological humor in art-damaged noise, the Gerogerigegege still have several albums full of wide-eyed whimsical "why in the name of anything does this exist" recordings. One more EP released in '93, titled Yellow Trash Bazooka, features songs that average between 5-9 seconds in length, again hitting 40 songs per side on a 7" record. Here's a text-based rendition of the first ten songs (ignoring the noise after each word):
1-2-3-4 GAY DECEIVERS"
and it continues down the uh, "G" words that make thirteen year old boys giggle, from "Gadget" to "Gynecologist".
I could continue going on about their individual releases - and there ARE many of them, but I think I will stop with their most recent outing, 2001's Saturday Night Big Cock Salaryman, which features the sounds of Juntaro Yamanouchi crying, pooping, and vomiting. With noise. Maybe he's reached a point of realization - a cry of "what the hell have I been doing with my life!?", reaching new levels of self-loathing that the rockstars of modern rock radio could never plumb the depths of. Forget mope-rock, this is hardcore.
The only other consistent member of the group (aside the aforementioned Juntaro Yamanouchi) is only known as "Gero 33". He is an exhibitionist, apparently famous for masturbating on stage, in addition to being a crossdressing homosexual. The two met at an S&M club, believe it or not.
To close this "dude, you have way too much free time to be reading into this shit" note, I'll leave you with some rather enlightening song titles gathered from their albums.
- Car Sex MacDonald Drive In Lets Go
- Anal Boxing
- I'm Herpes, Yes I Am
- Senzuri Metal Monkey Action
- California Hippy Murders Shake Your Tail Feather
If you're interested in looking into any of this further (why?): click click
Ridiculous. Believe me, I'm familiar with many MANY bizarre bands, but these fellows might just take the cake. Makes Masonna and Merzbow look like Guided by Voices
If I ever feel the need to set the "most songs played in one hour" record again, it feels good knowing these lunatics have a release that features 173 songs in about thirteen minutes.