Overhang Party

Overhang Party were at the forefront of the highly influential Japanese psychedelic rock scene. The original line-up was Rinji Fukuoka (vocals, guitar), Koji Nishino (bass) and Iwao Yamazaki (drums). The line-up changed frequently with Rinji the only constant feature. The cast list is a long one but notably includes (at points)drummer Ikuro Takahashi who has played in Fushitsusha, High Rise, Kousokuya, LSD March and Maher Shalal Hash Baz amongst many others.

The band initially self-released the first LP in an edition of 200 before Rinji set up Pataphysique Records to release Overhang's output along with a wealth of other important works. The band's studio recorded material was limited but thankfully they made up for this by releasing a number of live slow burning psychedelic blow outs. 2003's "Out Takes..." was given away by the band at gigs at the time so I would imagine is pretty rare!

As usual with the Japanese underground, information is pretty hard to come by but there is a pretty good source here. The group folded in 2008 with Rinji going on to form the excellent Majutsu no Niwa. "High tension music results in a high voltage reaction," reckons Rinji Fukuoka and who am I to argue.

1993 - Overhang Party - Overhang Party lp [self-released]

1994 - Overhang Party - Overhang Party 2 [pataphysique records]

1995 - Overhang Party - Live 1994.8.22 At Showboat [pataphysique records]

1998 - Overhang Party - Overhang Party 4 [pataphysique records]

2000 - Overhang Party - Otherside Of (2xcd) [pataphysique records]

Otherside disc 1

Otherside disc 2

2002 - Overhang Party - Untitled

2003 - Overhang Party - Out Takes From 1996 To 2003 (cdr)

2006 - Overhang Party - Live Before And After 2004-2006 [there, musik atlach]

Live Before And After disc 1

Live Before And After disc 2


Tzomborgha 14 November 2010 at 10:50  

thanks so much for these :D

LeeBx 14 November 2010 at 17:41  

so great. thanks a lot...

the stuff from '95 on seems to be unavailable already though.

should i check back in a while or did these need to be pulled?

i really wanted to hear that Live Showboat disc...

LeeBx 14 November 2010 at 17:57  

really? i'm getting: "...temporarily unavailable"?


Anonymous,  15 November 2010 at 00:21  

Mega-thanks for these.

I left a comment the other days asking for Overhang Party next -- and here it is!

Very much appreciated. Hard to find their music.


Anonymous,  15 November 2010 at 00:23  

I meant to add ...

that "temporarily unavailable" note is characteristic of Megaupload (which, I think, is otherwise the best service going).

Keep trying and eventually you'll be able to download.


LeeBx 15 November 2010 at 17:27  

ya, these did show up in time... thanks again.

elmer68 21 November 2010 at 02:36  

Thank you so much for posting these! I had never heard anything by them except for the Tokyo Flashback song. The first lp sond expecially druggy and dazed. The second one has a strange pop angle about it...both are great, and I plan to download them all.
thanks again


Harvey Dog 22 November 2010 at 06:55  

Thank you so much!! It's hard to find any Overhang Party on the net. Awesome!

Anonymous,  13 December 2010 at 13:08  

i fucking like them.
this blog is getting better and better.

aquabahn,  20 December 2010 at 01:24  

Great, thanks for posting these. I have the LPS of the first three but now I can listen to them on my i-pod finally. Another you to keep a look out for is the Jutek Kaneko/ Rinji Fukuoka LP "Searchin for My Layline". Only came out on LP very ltd. (of course) back in the late 1990s (on Pataphysique), and if I had a way to rip LPs I'd glady do so as it's a killer. Hopefully it'll be re-issued its one of the below the radar gems of that whole scene.