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J - Rock

Psychedelic rock was invented in the 1960s by American and British counterculture figures. Arriving in Japan, psychedelic rock took on a different flavor. Previously known for the drug intake of its performers leaving an impact on the hazy, drugged-out music, J-Rock performers tended to be drug-free, or even adamantly anti-drug (for example, Kosugi Takehisa, Haino Keiji, Nanjo Asahito).

Psychedelic rock first appeared in Japan in the mid to late 1960s. A few Group Sounds bands imitated their Anglo heros, including The Golden Cups, The Tempters, The Mops, The Dynamites and Jacks, whose "Karappo No Sekai" and "Marianne" were two of the first psychedelic recordings from the country.

Like in the UK and US, the psychedelic rock scene was linked to a political movement involving young, spirited students. An economic boom brought many young people to universities, where radical politics abounded. Central to this movement, arising from the late 60s Kyoto student revolts, was the band Les Rallizes DenudГ©s and the Taj Mahal Travellers, followed by Lost Aaraaff.

In the 1970s, singer-songwriters like Kazuki Tomokawa and Kan Mikami became popular. As in the US and UK, Japanese rock spawned a folk-rock scene, there led by Magical Power Mako. At the same time, radical progressive rock was evolving, with distinctly Japanese bands like After Dinner and YB02, Kenso and KoenjiHyakkei.

From the late 1980s popular rock bands such as X Japan helped define the Visual Kei aesthetic in Japanese rock and pop music. "Visual kei" is often focused upon in the West as a uniquely Japanese part of the Rock music scene. Strictly speaking, however, "Visual kei" is not defined by its sound (which may or may not be "rock" music) but by the appearance of the bands.

A fringe movement from the late 1980s in Japanese alternative rock took the form of noise rock, a sound popularised by bands such as Boredoms.

Notable J-Rock Bands;

The 5,6,7,8's 
Acidman 
Asian Kung-Fu Generation 
Bleach03 
The Blue Hearts 
The Boom 
BOØWY 
Boredoms 
Brahman 
The Brilliant Green 
Buck-Tick 
B'z 
Dir en grey 
Do As Infinity 
GLAY 
Guitar Wolf 
The Golden Cups 
GO!GO!7188 
The High-Lows 
Janne Da Arc 
L'Arc-en-Ciel 
Luna Sea 
Malice Mizer 
PYG 
RC Succession 
Shonen Knife 
the pillows 
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant 
The Tempters 
The Tigers 
The Yellow Monkey 
Vodka Collins 
X Japan

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