Chocolate Synthesizer

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Chocolate Synthesizer
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 25, 1994 (1994-07-25)
LabelWEA Japan, Reprise Records
Boredoms chronology
Wow 2
Chocolate Synthesizer
Super Roots 3

Chocolate Synthesizer is the fourth studio album by Boredoms. It was originally released via WEA Japan and Reprise Records in 1994. It was recorded in four days and mixed in a week.[1] In 2013, it was re-released on vinyl by the California-based label 1972.[2]

Early Japanese editions of the album were packaged with a coupon offering a free mail-order only 3-inch CD, titled Super Roots 2, only available to Japanese addresses.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes4.5/5[10]

Jon Wiederhorn of Rolling Stone gave the album 3 stars out of 5, saying, "Without question, the Boredoms are one of the most bizarre, adventurous bands on the planet, but for anyone who doesn't thrill to disjointed beats and cacophonous clatter, Chocolate Synthesizer may be a tough sweet to swallow."[6] Meanwhile, Keith Kawaii of Tiny Mix Tapes gave the album 4.5 out of 5, saying, "The noise rock thing has been done before, of course, but rarely has it stretched this far in every direction, and rarely has it been so successful."[10] Douglas Wolk of CMJ New Music Monthly called it "their most extraordinary and conceptually unified work to date."[11]

In 2007, Rolling Stone Japan placed Chocolate Synthesizer at number 25 on its list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".[12]

Track listing[edit]

1."Acid Police"4:55
2."Chocolate Synthesizer"0:51
3."Synthesizer Guide Book on Fire"2:27
4."Shock City"4:43
5."Tomato Synthesizer"3:49
6."Anarchy in the UKK"4:41
7."Mama Brain"3:59
8."Action Synthesizer Hero"4:15
10."B for Boredoms"2:44
12."Smoke 7"2:46
13."Turn Table Boredoms"4:59
14."I'm Not Synthesizer (Ypy?)"3:08
15."Now Dom Go Synthesizer Way (Why?)"6:03


  1. ^ Hainey, Kevin (June 1, 2005). "Boredoms: The Art of Noise". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory (February 25, 2013). "Boredoms Ready Vinyl Reissues of 'Pop Tatari' and 'Chocolate Synthesizer'". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Chocolate Synthesizer – Boredoms". AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Carden, Andrew (July 2004). "Boredoms: Pop Tatari / Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols / Chocolate Synthesizer". Mojo. No. 128. p. 123.
  5. ^ Leone, Dominique (June 6, 2004). "Boredoms: Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols / Pop Tatari / Chocolate Synthesizer". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Wiederhorn, Jon (July 13–27, 1995). "Boredoms: Chocolate Synthesizer". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Boredoms". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 95–96. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Rubin, Mike (March 1995). "Boredoms: Chocolate Synthesizer / Pizzicato Five: Made in USA". Spin. Vol. 10, no. 12. pp. 95–96. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Rubin, Mike (1995). "Boredoms". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. ^ a b Kawaii, Keith. "The Boredoms – Chocolate Synthesizer". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  11. ^ Wolk, Douglas (September 1995). "Boredoms: Synthesizer Guide Book on Fire". CMJ New Music Monthly. No. 25. p. 7. Retrieved July 2, 2022.
  12. ^ Lindsay, Cam (November 14, 2007). "Finally! 'The 100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time' Listed". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 26, 2017.

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