Violent Onsen Geisha

In a world full of information overkill, Violent Onsen Geisha is a rare and mysterious thing! As in...there's very little info out there. Basically, Violent Onsen Geisha is the work of Masaya Nakahara although for years he created a history of VOG as a group whose members mysteriously died one by one (Spinal Tap drummer style, if you prefer). I suppose this provides the key to his work as Violent Onsen Geisha...sly and ironic, bizarre and sarcastic...creating a history which cloaks him in mystery so that he can enjoy himself in relative anonymity. Basically what you get is kitsch soundtracks and hippetty hop and blasts of disco and found sound and field recordings and spoken word and noise. You can see the smile all over his face...well I can! He has since moved on to work as Hair Stylistics which is more straight ahead blistering noise but with the same cheeky sensibilities leaking through.

What you get here is all that I have. There were two different versions of Otis (naturally you get both here), check Discogs for info. The U.S. Tour cd contains live collaborations with Smegma, Trumans Water and Thurston Moore respectively. Zashikionna Remix is half of a double cd by Minetaro Mochizuki & Violent Onsen Geisha that came with a magazine apparently. I have never seen that or I would have bought it and posted the full deal...if anyone can sort me out with the 1st disc I will love you forever (or at least for a bit). Sod And Sodie Sock comes with an additional disc...same deal. Dada Junk Spew! is a bootleg of the original tape on Chocolate Monk from 1995 which appeared from somewhere last year. It also includes the collaborative track 'Silver Afro Funeral March' which appeared on the 'Studies For Postal Orgies' cassette (which came with 50 copies of the first Prick Decay LP). Shocking Early Works 83-85 Vol. 1...who knows?

1988 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Black Lovers_Early Lost Tapes 1988
1989 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Masonna - Split (lp) [rrrecords]
1993 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Shocks! Shocks! Shocks! Remix '93 [ring music]
1993 - 暴力温泉芸者 - Otis [endorphine factory]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Balloon Collector In The Wilderness (7'') [japan overseas]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Que Sera, Sera (Things Go From Bad To Worse) [rail recordings]
1995 - Violent Onsen Geisha - US Tour '95 [japan overseas]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Nation Of Rhythm Slaves [rail recordings]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Otis [rail recordings]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Teenage Pet Sounds [polystar, trattoria]
1996 - Violent Onsen Geisha - The Midnight Gambler [pure]
1997 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Violent Onsen Geisha (3xCD & 3''CD) [bloody butterfly]
One Two Three Four
1997 - Violent Onsen Geisha - Zashikionna Remix
1998 - Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy & Violent Onsen Geisha - Sod And Sodie Sock
2003 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy - Comp O.S.O
2009 - Violent Onsen Geisha & Prick Decay - Dada Junk Spew! [studies for audio orgies]

Violent Onsen Geisha - Shocking Early Works 83-85 Vol. 1 (C60)


MmMmM 2 October 2010 at 01:17  

VOG is my favorite japenese noise project. Thanks for the uploads!

MmMmM 2 October 2010 at 12:02  

I think there's an error on side A of the balloon collector 7"

badgerstump 3 October 2010 at 18:32  

Extract ballon using'll be fine!

Goatcabin,  6 October 2010 at 19:15  

Was not at all familiar with VOG outside of that split with Masonna, but the deeper I sink into this post the more I am loving it.

Thanks to whoever had been request VOG around, and even great thanks to you for posting all these(, not to mention for switching over to megaupload, and for hosting an all-around superior sound blog).

badgerstump 6 October 2010 at 20:46  

Cheers Goatcabin! Makes the toil worthwhile. Another VOG release just dropped into my lap...keep your eyes open!!!

Anonymous,  10 October 2010 at 01:07  

nom Nom NOM

tim on 28,  23 October 2010 at 02:46  

He wrote a book "Flowers in Every Place"

Anonymous,  18 April 2011 at 11:38  

It's a shame there is virtually no Hair Stylistics on the interweb.

Have you got any?

Anonymous,  5 December 2011 at 02:31  

Amazing blog! Thanks for sharing so many tapes... lots of things I never thought I'd ever get to hear, others that I slept on when they were available. Silly me.

I'll echo the above request for Hair Stylistics, especially any of his CDRs. There are tons of them, seemingly none available outside of Japan and none being shared. Can you help?

zzz3 23 January 2012 at 21:52  

megaupload is down :(

Anonymous,  25 January 2012 at 08:58  

reload the links please,megaupload is death.

Anonymous,  18 October 2013 at 17:42  

They're down again :(
Could you please re-upload them?

badgerstump 18 October 2013 at 18:01  

unlikely...they have been here for 3 years

maybe. maybe not.

Anonymous,  19 October 2013 at 17:12  


Thanks anyway.