Posted July 27, 2006 by Mike Mineo in Features

Japanese Garage Bands of the 1960s

I picked up a very interesting compilation the other day called GS I Love You: Japanese Garage Bands of the ’60s. It consists of Japanese garage bands in the 1960s, where the scene was just starting to erupt. These bands had essential Western influences, but few were brave enough to incorporate Asian elements. You’ll find that most of the bands sing in heavily accented English, due to their Western music obsessions but some of them were smart enough to recognize that a difference in language would not matter significantly if the music and songwriting were great. Obviously, none of these songs match the quality of their British counterparts but they are really all quite fun from the funky Cougars’ ‘Suki Nanda’ to The Out Cast’s ‘You Gat a Call Me’. Also, what’s a 60s compilation without a Beatles cover? Burns’ cover of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ is pretty cool and really emphasizes The Beatles’ worldwide influence even at that time.


Cougars – Suki Nanda



The Out Cast – You Gat a Call Me



Burns – I Saw Her Standing There



Blue Jeans – One More Please



Voltage – Hold On! I’m Comin’



The Van-Dogs – Hey Girl



Miki Obata – Jane Jane


Mike Mineo

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