Les Rallizes Dénudés

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Les Rallizes Dénudés
Les Rallizes Dénudés in 1974. Pictured (left to right): Mikio Nagata, Takashi Mizutani, Shunichiro Shoda, Takeshi Nakamura.
Les Rallizes Dénudés in 1974. Pictured (left to right): Mikio Nagata, Takashi Mizutani, Shunichiro Shoda, Takeshi Nakamura.
Background information
Also known as裸のラリーズ
Years active1967–1988, 1993-1996
Associated actsFujio Yamaguchi, Taj Mahal Travellers, Acid Seven, Masato Minami, Arthur Doyle, Shizuka, Suishou no Fune[3]
Past membersTakashi Mizutani
Takashi Kato
Takashi Tada
Moriaki Wakabayashi
Takeda Kiyohiro
Tsutomu Matsumoto
Takeshi Nakamura
Shunichiro Shoda
Hiroshi Nar
Fujio Yamaguchi
Toshirou Mimaki
Makoto Kubota
Mikio Nagata
Noma Yukimichi
Maki Miura[4]

Les Rallizes Dénudés (裸のラリーズ, Hadaka no Rariizu) were a Japanese rock band formed in 1967 at Kyoto's Doshisha University. They were initially active between 1967 and 1988, and then again briefly between 1993 and 1996 before permanently disbanding. The band's name comes from a corruption of French: valises dénudées (naked suitcases) (literal translation) which was derived from a fake French slang invented with the theatrical group Gendai Gekijo. The band's style is typified by simple, repetitious instrumental passages, shrieking, cacophonous guitar feedback and folk arrangement. Their discography is made up mostly of live bootlegs, soundboard archives and even a few rare aborted studio recording attempts as they have never officially released any of their own material, although there are archive releases on independent labels such as Univive, Rivista, Phoenix and Bamboo.[5]

In 1970, original bassist Moriaki Wakabayashi assisted in the hijacking of Japan Airlines Flight 351 orchestrated by the Japanese Red Army.[5][6]

Very little is known about the band's frontman Takashi Mizutani, aside from his supposed ties to the Japanese Red Army and involvement early on in theater at Doshisha University. The last public appearances of Takashi Mizutani were two live performances in 1997 with jazz saxophonist Arthur Doyle and drummer Sabu Toyozumi. It is unknown what his current whereabouts are, but he is confirmed to still be alive, given that Makoto Kubota (fellow 60s musician and former member of the band) revealed that he had spoken with Mizutani in summer 2020.[citation needed]


Year Title Label Recording Date Notes
1991 Mizutani / Les Rallizes Dénudés Rivista Inc. 1973, 1970 With Mizutani
'67-'69 Studio Et Live 1967-1969
'77 Live 1977-03-12
2002 Heavier Than a Death in the Family 1977-03-12, 1973
2004 Rallizes House Session At Fussa Dead Flower 1975-04-01 With Yellow
Mars Studio 1980 Univive 1980-09, 1973
2005 Double Heads 1981-1980
Laid Down '76 1977-1975
2006 Cradle Saloon '78 1978-11-01
One More Night Tripper 1980
Great White Wonder 1977, 1975-1974
Laid Down '76 Again 1976-07-22
Double Heads September 1980-09-11
End Of Heavy Groove 1976-07-30
2007 Cable Hogue Soundtrack 1992
2008 Great White Wonder「1977 Live & Rare」 1977
Critical Trip 1987, 1974
Wild Trip In The West 1983
2009 Double Heads Extra 1980-11-07
Tripical Midbooster - Winter 1981-1982 1982-1981
2010 Back To Black Mandara 1975, 1973
2011 13 CDs「裸のラリーズ13枚組限定CDボックス」 Ignuitas 1997-1993
2012 Disaster Sources Encyclopedia Of Rallizes Vol. 2 1993, 1983-1982, 1977
Collectors Box 「10枚組CDコレクターズボックス」 1985-1982, 1980, 1974, 1972
Ignuitas Box 「10枚組限定CD+DVDボックス」 1994, 1983, 1979, 1976-1975, 1973, 1970
2013 1980-1981 1981-1980
渋谷屋根裏 1980/10/29 Vol.1 Youth Inc. 1980-10-29


  1. ^ Semprebon, Rolf. Les Rallizes Dénudés at AllMusic. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Joanna Demers (December 11, 2015). Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World. Zero Books. p. 19. ISBN 9781782799948.
  3. ^ "Suishou No Fune / About Suishou No Fune". www.suishounofune.jp. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  4. ^ "doronco/灰野敬二+三浦真樹/LAPIZ TRIO/ヨシノトランス+川口雅巳@国立 地球屋 2013.5.17(fri) – A Challenge To Fate". Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b Cope, Julian (2016-05-19). Japrocksampler. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4088-8067-8.
  6. ^ Andrews, William (2016). Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-1-84904-579-7.

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