It is amazing how in just one year, the amount of live footage from JAGATARA appeared on youtube, either as excerpts or full audio/video performances of this amazing band that still remains unknown to most of the Western public.
However, all this novelty occurs only in the musical field, with regard to information, interviews or photos we still rely on the detailed post made last year, and seek help from Japanese readers to translate the material available on the official website!
Let’s go to our album:
After a bombastic and controversial start at the beginning of the 80’s, Edo Akemi (lead frontman, lyricist, composer) suffers a nervous breakdown during the tour and ends up in hospital at the end of 1983. The band goes through a gap of almost three years.
In the interim they released a live album in 1985 (君 と 踊 り あ か そ う 日 の 出 を 見 る ま で), the band’s fourth record and make occasional presentations on Japanese TV, always with medical guidance. Akemi’s recovery occurs in Shikoku.
From June 1986, a more willing and energetic Akemi returns to Tokyo and start to work with the band on new material. They return to perform live at the end of the year and begin to record Hadaka No Osama. On 21/03/1987 the fifth LP is released with positive reviews and a remarkable evolution of the band.
The year 1987 is marked by memorable shows of up to four hours (!), long tours, and the launch of their third Home Video, entitled Hey! Goggle Tour!
In future entries we will cover their other albums, now, enjoy a rare clip from one of their great successes, Tango. And appreciate what I believe be their best album!
The Emperor’s New Clothes
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Doctor Records DC-1103