Les Rallizes Dénudés

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Les Rallizes Dénudés
Also known as 裸のラリーズ
Origin Japan
Genres noise rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, protopunk
Years active 1967–1996
Associated acts Fujio Yamaguchi, Taj Mahal Travellers, Acid Seven, Masato Minami, Arthur Doyle
Website Unofficial site http://www.yk.rim.or.jp/~ubud/rallizes.html
Past members Takashi Mizutani
Takashi Kato
Takashi Tada
Moriaki Wakabayashi
Takeda Kiyohiro
Tsutomu Matsumoto
Takeshi Nakamura
Shunichiro Shoda
Hiroshi Nar
Fujio Yamaguchi
Toshirou Mimaki
Makoto Kubota
Doronco Gumo

Les Rallizes Dénudés (裸のラリーズ, Hadaka no Rallizes) were an influential, yet reclusive Japanese avant-garde band. They originally began in 1962 as a musical theatre troupe, however the formation of the band was not until 1967 at Kyoto University. They are known for their ties to avant-garde theater groups (as typified by Shuji Terayama's troupe) and leftist political groups, as well as for their feedback heavy live shows. The band's style is typified by simple, repetitious instrumental passages, shrieking, cacophonous guitar feedback, extensive improvisation reminiscent of free jazz, and folk arrangement. Their discography is made up almost exclusively of live bootlegs, as they have never officially released any of their own material.

In 1970, the original bass player Moriaki Wakabayashi assisted in the hijacking of Japan Airlines Flight 351 orchestrated by the Japanese Red Army. Wakabayashi has been living in North Korea since the hijacking. Singer and lead guitarist Takashi Mizutani was allegedly offered a role in the hijacking, but turned it down. After this event, however, a paranoid Mizutani kept a low profile due to his ties with the Red Army.

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  • Oz Days Live (2xLP, Oz, 1973)
  • Eve Night (1983)
  • '67-'69 Studio et Live (CD, Rivista, 1991)
  • Mizutani/Les Rallizes Dénudés (CD, Rivista, 1991)
  • '77 Live (2xCD, Rivista, 1991)
  • Les Rallizes Dénudés (Video, Ethan Mousiké, 1992)
  • "Etcetera vol 2." (7" single + magazine, 1996)
  • Mars Studio 1980 (3xCDr, Univive)
  • Double Heads (6xCDr, Univive)
  • Laid Down '76 (4xCDr, Univive)
  • Laid Down '76 Again (CDr, Univive)
  • One More Night Tripper (5xCDr, Univive)
  • Great White Wonder (4xCDr, Univive)
  • Double Heads September (CD, Univive)
  • Cradle Saloon '78 (4xCDr, Univive)
  • End Of Heavy Groove (2xCD, Univive)
  • Cable Hogue Soundtrack (2xCDr, Univive)
  • Critical Trip (2xCD, Univive)
  • Wild Trip In The West (3xCD, Univive)
  • Tripical Midbooster - Winter 1981-1982 (4xCDr, Univive)
  • Back To Black Mandara (3xCD, Univive)
  • Wild Trips (5xCD, Univive)
  • Naked Diza Star (3xCD, Univive)
  • Mizutani 2 With Association Love Songs (3xCD, Univive)
  • Neu Products Era (4xCD, Univive)
  • Volcanic Performance (4xCD, Univive)
  • Metal Machine Music '82 (DVD, Copy Prot., NTSC), Univive)
  • 1994 Live Final Era (DVD, Copy Prot., NTSC), Univive)
  • Heavier Than A Death In The Family (CD, Phoenix)
  • "Electric Pure Land" (2XLP, No Label, 2014) [1]


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