Group Sounds

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This article is about the music genre. For the Rocket from the Crypt album, see Group Sounds (album).

Group Sounds (G.S.) is a genre of Japanese rock music. Inspired by The Beatles, Group Sounds became popular in the mid to late 1960s. Group Sounds initiated the fusion of Japanese kayōkyoku music and rock music.[1] Their music production techniques were regarded as playing a pioneering role in modern Japanese popular music.[1]

Fōku (folk) and New Music became famous in Japan in the 1970s, but new rock bands survived as "New Rock" in Japanese underground music.[2] The origin of modern Japanese rock music was usually regarded as New Rock. Videos of New Rock bands' concerts were very rare.[3]

Notable Group Sounds bands[edit]

The Spiders in 1966.

Notable New Rock bands (1969–1972)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 第38回 ─ グループ・サウンズ (in Japanese). 2004-12-16. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ ""70'sニュー・ロック"コンピ盤、登場!" (in Japanese). CD Journal. 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  3. ^ ニュー・ロックの貴重映像発掘!映画「ロック誕生」 (in Japanese). natalie. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 

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