The Gerogerigegege

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The Gerogerigegege
Origin Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Avant-garde, experimental, noise, punk rock, musique concrète, performance art, noise rock, grindcore, industrial, power electronics, ambient, drone
Years active 1985–early 2000s, 2013-present
Labels Vis a Vis
Members Juntaro Yamanouchi
Past members Tetsuya Endoh (Gero 30)
Toshinori Fukuda
Hironao Komaki

The Gerogerigegege (Japanese: ザ・ゲロゲリゲゲゲ, pronounced [za ɡeɽo ɡeɽi ɡeɡeɡe]) is a musical ensemble organized in 1985 in Shinjuku, Tokyo by Juntaro Yamanouchi (山ノ内純太郎), who runs and maintains the Vis a Vis record label in Japan.

Biography[edit]

Though they are often categorized with Japanese harsh noise acts such as Merzbow and Masonna, The Gerogerigegege has also released albums of more straightforward rock (Sexual Behaviour in the Human Male), noise (45 RPM Performance), and ambient music (None Friendly, Endless Humiliation), in addition to several seven inch records mixing these styles with found recordings. The group is best known for their 1990 album Tokyo Anal Dynamite. This album consists of 75 songs, which serve as a fusion of the Ramones' punk jams (replete with Juntaro yelling "1 2 3 4!!" over and over) and John Zorn's frantic Naked City project.

Over the years, The Gerogerigegege has included many members, the most notable and consistent other than Yamanouchi being Gero 30 (also known as Gero 56, real name Tetsuya Endoh), an exhibitionist known to masturbate onstage during live performances. Masturbation is called "senzuri" (千擦り; lit. "a thousand rubs") in Japan and it has become the group's trademark. Yamanouchi met Gero 30 at an S&M club in 1986. Other members have included Toshinori "Dynamite Gero" Fukuda on drums, Hironao "Dee Dee Gero" Komaki on guitar, Junko "Gero Grace Seijoh" Katoh, their live manager, and Masatoshi "Gero Route 66" Katsuya, the band's driver. Yamanouchi is a homosexual and a crossdresser, which is not unusual in the world of Japanese experimental music. His mother is a famous classical pianist.

The Gerogerigegege is known for their releasing extremely limited edition records such as 1989's 昭和 (Shōwa), which bookended a recording of people having sex with "Kimi ga Yo", the Japanese national anthem (the sleeve was a picture of the Ramones with nothing mentioning The Gerogerigegege at all), and the Night EP, which features what seems to be a recording of a man defecating into a toilet after the usual "1 2 3 4!!" count. The album Recollections of Primary Masturbation contains 338 songs, including the entire Tokyo Anal Dynamite album as one track and ten minutes (spread over two tracks) containing 223 previously unreleased songs. There are also some non-musical conceptual releases, including This Is Shaking Box Music part 2, which is a destroyed cassette copy of the Mother Fellatio EP. Another, "Art is over" consists of a single octopus tentacle housed in a cassette box. These non-music releases were typically released in even smaller quantities than the actual music releases, in quantities of 50 or less. Similar concepts are rampant throughout the band's catalogue, and often, the more ridiculous the theme or packaging of a release is, the more sought after it is by collectors. Copies of some Gerogerigegege records go for hundreds of dollars.

Gerogerigegege have been inactive since the unexplained disappearance of frontman Juntaro Yamanouchi. He was rumored to be dead, institutionalized or simply unwilling to acknowledge the project anymore. It was also said that his brother died in a car accident and he got very depressed and eventually became mentally ill.

On August 27, 2013, a Twitter post from "Kaitai Gidayū" stated that he was contacted by Juntaro Yamanouchi in hopes of recording some new material: "Juntaro called me about a new album and live concert and I want to help him. Are we going to do something amazing? Perhaps." [1] It is unknown if this will be a solo release or not, but it confirmed that Juntaro was simply inactive in music and not dead.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • THE GERO-P – Studio and Live (1985)
  • Senzuri Champion (1987)
  • 昭和 (Shōwa) (1988)
  • Tokyo Anal Dynamite (1990)
  • Live Greatest Hits (1991)
  • Senzuri Power Up (1991)
  • 45RPM Performance (1992)
  • Hotel Ultra (1993)
  • Nothing to Hear, Nothing to... 1985 (1993)
  • Endless Humiliation (1994)
  • Instruments Disorder (1994)
  • Mort Douce Live (1996)
  • Hell Driver (1999)
  • None Friendly (1999)
  • RRRecycled Music (~1999)
  • Saturday Night Big Cock Salaryman (2001)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Sexual Behavior in the Human Male EP (1988)
  • All My Best, with Love Juntaro (~1990)
  • William Bennett Is My Dick (~1990)
  • No Sound (~1990)
  • More Shit E.P. (1992)
  • SENZURI MONKEY METAL ACTION (1992)
  • 北の丸百景 (Kitanomaru Hyakkei) (1993)
  • Night (1993)
  • Yellow Trash Bazooka EP (1993)
  • Mother Fellatio EP (1993)
  • Life Documents (1994)
  • Senzuri Fight Back (1994)
  • ALL YOU NEED IS AUDIO SHOCK (1995)
  • Veel Plezier met de Gerogerigegege! (1995)
  • WRECK OF ROCK'N'ROLL FORMER SELF (1995)
  • Gay Sex Can Be Aids (split with Origami Erotika) (1996)
  • Seven Inches of Meat (split with Origami Erotika) (1996)
  • "Ramones" (split with Bastard Noise) (1996)
  • 靖國神社 (Yasukuni Jinja) (1996)
  • ETERNAL ENERGY (split with Psyalpinx) (1997)
  • HGI (~1998)
  • Early Dream Exit (2000)
  • Live in USA (split with Crowd Surfers Must Die) (2001)

Compilations[edit]

  • SINGLES 1985-1993 (1994)
  • Recollections of Primary Masturbation (1998)
  • All you need is an ausio shock by japanese Ultra Shit Band (2012)

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