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(02-23-2019, 06:03 AM)LivingForTomorrow Wrote: LUNA: Thanks a lot! I've added the band members' names (it is a shame that they aren't clearly marked with aliases and such, and that some former band members' names aren't in the list) to vk.gy, as the band wouldn't be accepted at Metal-Archives. https://vk.gy/artists/luna/. Unfortunately I do not know which month or which date this "Progressive Circuit" was held, and even Google doesn't give me a better date than "autumn". I sure would like to know though!

Japanese:
ルナは1983年冬にキーボードの飯生晃一郎を中心として結成された横浜のハード・プログレ・ソシヴ・ロック・グループ。アベル、ヴィジュアル・スキャンダル、ルシフェルらと共に東京のアンダーグラウンドなシーンで活動していたハード・プログレッシヴ・ロック・グループであり、ノヴェラからの影響の強いサウンドを持つグループであった。1985年にはデモ・カセット「History」を制作したが、1985年秋に行なわれた大規模なプログレッシヴ・イベンド"プログレッシヴ・サーキット"に出演後はほとんど活動を行なっておらず、自然消滅となってしまった。

English:
LUNA was a hard progressive rock group formed around the keyboardist Kouichirou Iioi in the winter of 1983, from Yokohama. They were a hard progressive rock group which played in the Tokyo underground scene alongside Abel, Visual Scandal, and Lucifer, a group which had a powerful sound influenced by Novela. They produced a demo cassette, "History", in 1985, however after appearing in the large-scale progressive event "Progressive Circuit" which was held in the autumn of 1985 they faced natural extinction as they didn't perform very much.


VISUAL SCANDAL: I'm a little sceptical about the fact that VISUAL SCANDAL released their first single in 81, due to the fact that they had multiple lineup changes (and another singer!) before they released that single. I think the author's wrong about that. I've also added the names to vk.gy, but may have mixed the guitarists' names up due to the fact that their aliases aren't marked in the book. I believe that their lineup stabilized around '83, save for late July when guitarist MARK seceded. I do not think that they released a video in '83 either.

Japanese:
ヴィジュアル・スキャンダルは、ノヴェラ同時期にデビューした東京を代表する"オケバン"(=お化粧バンドの略)であり、デビッド・ボウイなどのグラム・ロックをベーシックとしながらノヴェラーなハード・プログレッシヴ・ロックの要素も兼ね備えたグルプで、この手の女の子のファンの間では伝説的な存在のグループだ。ヴィジュアル・スキャンダルはベースの神林"チェリー"を中心として80年に結成、80年6月に原宿のクロコダイルにてライブ・デビュー、この頃の彼らのサウンドは外道のコピーを中心としたものであったが、81年に神林(B)、流石(Ds)、高瀬(Vo)、芹田(G)、永瀬(G)というライン・ナップとなってからは上記したグラム・ロックにハード・プログレの要素を取り入れたサウンドへと変化し、彼らは自主制作で限定100枚プレスのシングル「Visual Scandal」を制作、ライブの時に販売した、83年にキーボードの橋北が加入してよりハード・プログレッシヴ・ロック色が強まったが、次第にバンドは煮詰まって行き1985年1月15日に渋谷屋根裏のライブを最後に解散した。

English:
VISUAL SCANDAL were an "Oke-" (meaning okeshou, makeup) band representative of Tokyo which debuted around the time of Novela. They were a group which had both the components of David Bowie (etc.)'s glam rock and Novela-esque hard progressive rock, a group with a legendary existence among that kind of girl fans. Visual Scandal started activities around "Cherry" Kanbayashi in '80, and had their live debut at Harajuku Crocodile in July 1980. At that time, their sound was something where an unorthodox copy played a large role, but when the line-up became Kanbayashi (B), Nagareishi (Ds), Takase (Vo), Serita (G), Nagase (G), they gathered together the above-mentioned Glam Rock and Hard Prog and changed sounds. They produced a self-released single, "Visual Scandal", limited to 100 copies, and sold it at lives. From when keyboardist Hashikita joined in '83, their progressive rock influences increased, but the band gradually boiled down to a disbandment after a live at Shibuya Yaneura on January 15, 1985.

I agree with you he seemed a little off on the Visual Scandal one. For what it's worth that's the only bio that looked off right away to me just seeing the musical releases. That band has always interested me, being one of those ones with the early "visual" name. Pretty neat stuff.
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I would be very interested in a translation of this blog by Onmyo-za's Matatabi. I think it's him describing the subject matter and the composition of each song on the latest album.

If anyone wants to pick it up... There's no rush or anything; I know it's a lot of text. I just would like to be able to read the information someday. There's one weblog that used to translate all of these, but since the most recent post on that thing is three years old, I'm not that hopeful it will pop up there.
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Are you trying to make me translate a novel? Dear lord. Laugh
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If it's not convenient for you or Bill or anyone, it's no problem. It's not as if my life depends on it or anything Wink
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