Various - Great Punk Hits

When you started getting into the early 80s, there was this weird confluence of metal (sorry ... METAL!) and punk (with or without a slice of post-punk). At one point, everybody was firmly divided into their own camps and then it all started to merge. This LP is a great representation of the melting pot ...

G.I.S.M., The Execute, Aburadako, Laughin' Nose, The Clay and G-Zet.

LP released on Japan Record in 1983.

Great Punk Hits


Various - Burst! New Wave 1980 - 爆裂!ニュー・ウェイヴ 1980

Compilation containing quite a few that have been in recent posts and (as always) some even more obscure outfits who will be new to you. And then there is Cosmic Invention who have to be seen to be believed ... hearing them is a whole heap of holy what the fuck ... a real Teletubbies meets Vengaboys monstrosity ... but I'm starting to like it. You have been warned!

Double CD released on Victor in 2006.

Burst! New Wave 1980


Various - Pass No Past - EPs & Singles

I thought that posting this would be a great idea. Well, it is a great idea. It's just that I've realised that Mrs Inside beat me to it by three years and nine months ... and she articulates it better than I would have done:

"This two-disc set collects post-punk & industrial EPs and singles released by Tokyo's Pass Records in that magic interval between 1978 and 1980. Some of the artists included here went on to achieve some notoriety: Friction's lead singer, Reck (formerly of Stooges-esque punk band 3.3), moved to New York City just in time to join the final incarnation of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Members of Can backed Phew (who previously led the punk band Aunt Sally) on her first solo album, and she's had an interesting career that continues today. Totsuzen Danball made records with Fred Frith and Lol Coxhill, and I believe are still active. The rest, though, are gloriously obscure and equally worthy no-wave exponents. I enjoy the miserable disco grind of Tsunematsu Masatoshi ("grinning grinning grinning in your face!!"and the jittery DNA-ish blurt left behind by Gunjogacrayon. The lone 7" by Rough Trade-ish Boys Boys (reminds me of Bow Wow Wow or X-Ray Spex, sort of) is fun, too."

So here it is again ... a double CD jointly released on P-Vine Records and Pass Records in 2005.

Pass No Past


Various - Rebel Street

A little belter that includes E.D.P.S., Chance Operation, Non Band, P-Model, Totsuzen Danball, Daisuck & Prostitute and more ...

LP released on Japan Record in 1982.

Rebel Street


Various - 東京ニューウエイヴ '79 [Tokyo New Wave '79]

Here's a couple of tracks by the aforementioned Pain alongside Bolshie, Sex, Jisatsu and 8 1/2.

LP released on Pass Records in 1979.

Tokyo New Wave '79


Various - Gozira Special Dinner

Originally, this was an LP released courtesy of Gozira Records and Telegraph Records in 1983 showcasing Mirrors, Mr. Kite, Tsunematsu Masatoshi, Flesh, and Maria 023. This is a later reissue that also gives you live tracks from the same people. There was a track by Pain that appears on the original LP (and the cover here) but not on this release ... no idea why.

Double CD released on Disk Union in 2010.



Various - Alchemism

Hijokaidan, Hanatarash, Ultra Bide and High Rise nestling in with a raft of punks such as Inu, SS and Sekiri.

CD released on Wechselbalg Syndicate and Alchemy Records in 1988.



Various - Alchemism2

Cracking compilation only improved by the fact that it contains previously unreleased tracks by UFO Or Die, Omoide Hatoba, Mannish Tone, Sekiri, S.O.B.Kaidan, Hijokaidan and Incapacitants.

CD released on Wechselbalg Syndicate and Alchemy Records in 1989.



Various - Revenge Of Wechselbalg

... which includes a whole heap of people from the compilations posted over the past week or so ...

CD released on Wechselbalg Syndicate in 1987.

Revenge Of Wechselbalg


Various - 時の葬列 [Selections From Excommunicated Monument]

Auto-Mod, Sadie Sads, Madame Edwarda and G-Schmitt on a compilation LP released on SMS Records in 1984.



Various - Bloody Valentine : 14.2.'85

Nubile, Sadie Sads, Auto-Mod, Sodom and G-Schmitt.

LP released in 1985 on Wechselbalg Syndicate (an unlikely sounding sub-label of Telegraph Records).

Bloody Valentine


Various - Case Of Telegraph Product 1

Chance Operation, Boy Ball, So-Do, Chiko Hige, Katra Turana, Pablo Picasso, Pineapple 4.9, Concretes and Kujira.

LP released on Telegraph Records in 1983.

Telegraph Product 1


Various - Case Of Telegraph Product 2

Early vinyl showcase of Telegraph Records artists: EP-4, Junk Jungle Genre, Be-2, Sukisuki Switch, Para-Phrase, Allergy, Lezz-Lezz-Mass and Auto-Mod.

LP released on (erm) Telegraph Records in 1983.

Telegraph Product 2


Various - Telegraph Works 1980-1985

Excellent survey of the early 80s Japanese post-punk climate: Non Band, Pablo Picasso, Suki Suki Switch, Katra Turana alongside some lesser known outfits such as Concretes, Bananarians, E.D.P.S. and Noizunzuri.

CD released on Wax Records in 1990.

Telegraph Works 1980-1985


Various - Welcome To Dreamland: Another Japan

A whole raft of post-punk, "new wave" and fucked up skronk funk from Fake, Saboten, Luna Park Ensemble, Akira Iijima & Seiji Murayama, Katra Turana, Sodaneva, The Honeymoons, Mizutama Shobodan (aka The Polka Dot Fire Brigade), After Dinner, Kenichi Takeda, Keiji Haino, A-Musik, Chie Mukai and Ché-SHIZU.

CD released on Celluloid in 1985.

Welcome To Dreamland


Various - Bar Noise (Full Volume Live Vol. 1)

Compilation of artists performing at the legendary Noise Bar in Osaka. Whilst one or two released other material, the majority of the material is murky "get up and do it" improvised chaos. Oh yeah, and there's twelve minutes of Katsumi Sugahara and Masahiko Ohno's Solmania project.

CD released on Japan Overseas in 1996.

Bar Noise


Various - Taste Of Wild West 1

Old school J-punk/grind/pop/metal from Garlic Boys, Rapes, S.O.B., Sekiri, Danse Macabre and The Continental Kids.

We've never seen Taste Of Wild West 2 ... changing that would be a great thing!

CD released on Wax Records in 1990.

Taste Of Wild West 1


Various - Taste Of Wild West 3

U.F.O. Or Die, Incapacitants, Omoide Hatoba, Solmania, Angel'in Heavy Syrup, Boredoms and Hijokaidan.

Compilation CD released on Wax Records in 1990.

Taste Of Wild West 3


Pengo - Toadstools Amongst The Tombstones

I posted this in December 2011 ... it was meant to presage the Pengo avalanche. It took me five years and eleven months (which isn't bad for me) but, to be honest, without the nudge from Mrs Inside it would have been a lot longer. Sorry about that. It seems fitting that this ends my Pengo adventure ...

However, I'd always assumed that Pengo stopped recording in 2008, then apparently out of nowhere ... they released Resurrection Wars (a double C24 on Los Discos Enfantasmes) in 2013. There were only 75 copies and by the time I found out, it was gone and I've never got to hear it. Then in 2016, they reared up on their hind legs again to release Bubbles In A Bomb Shelter which is available on Carbon Records.

Obviously, if anybody can fill in our blanks in the Pengo canon then we will broadcast thoughts of love in your direct direction (this also applies to Jason Finkbeiner's Dedicated To Rochester Charles release on American Tapes that has always managed to elude us).

LP released on Qbico in 2006.

Toadstools Amongst The Tombstones

As a glazed maraschino on the Pengo cake:

... here's Rob Nuuja's domestic confessional ... a CDr released on Carbon Records in 2001 ... and now feel free to visit his Bandcamp page!

Plays Sad Songs For Gurls

Oh and I meant to say: To Live And Shave In L.A. 1975 are Pengo by another name (perhaps with a bit of Tom Smith thrown in) and their CDr is available on the TLASILA bandcamp as PWYC.


Pengo - Climbs The Holy Mountain

"The performance consisted of a live musical accompaniment to the first 31 minutes of Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain." I fine meeting of minds ... if only they had accompanied the entire film ...

Recorded live on Thursday, July the 22nd, 1999 at the Bug Jar in Rochester, New York.

CD released on Carbon Records in 2000.

Climbs The Holy Mountain