Ningen Isu

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Ningen Isu
OriginHirosaki, Aomori, Japan
Genres
Years active1987–present
LabelsTokuma Japan Communications
Websiteningen-isu.com
Members
Past members
  • Noriyoshi Kamidate
  • Masuhiro Goto
  • Iwao Tsuchiya

Ningen Isu (Japanese: 人間椅子, Hepburn: Ningen'isu, lit. "The Human Chair") is a Japanese hard rock band from Hirosaki, formed in 1987 by Shinji Wajima (guitars and vocal) and Ken-ichi Suzuki (bass and vocal).[1][2] They took their name from the 1924 short story of the same name by Edogawa Rampo.[3]

History[edit]

1970's – 1980's[edit]

Natives of Hirosaki, Wajima and Suzuki met in a local music salon when Suzuki lent Wajima a Kiss record around the time they entered junior high school. Wajima listened to The Beatles, King Crimson, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, while Suzuki was into Kiss, Saxon and Judas Priest. The two became closer when in 1981, they entered the same high school, Hirosaki High School. Suzuki was impressed by Wajima's talent for composing music and wrote a song called "Demon", while Wajima wrote a song called "Tetsugōshi Mokushi-roku" (Apocalypse of Iron Grill), which was not taken well by the music salon but was liked by Suzuki. Two years later, Wajima and Suzuki joined Shine Shine Dan ('dead dead group'), a band formed by members of the salon, with whom they played hard rock songs at music festivals.

In 1985, after entering different universities (Wajima learned about Buddhism at Komazawa University and Suzuki learned about Russian literature at Sophia University), they formed a hard rock band, whose name was changed to Ningen'isu in 1987, the year when drummer Noriyoshi Kamidate joined the band. They first gained popularity when they played the song Injū (Strange Beast) on the Japanese Television program "Ikasu Band Tengoku" (which means "cool band heaven") in 1989. Their heavy sound, techniques and lyrics full of literature took the judges by surprise.

1990 – 2004[edit]

In 1990, they released their first album "Ningen Isu", followed two years later by "Ōgon no Yoake", after which Kamidate left the band. They kept heavy sound and lyrics full of literature.

Drummer Masuhiro Goto would support the recording of their fourth album "Rashōmon" in 1993. In 1995 and 1996, Iwao Tsuchiya served as the band's drummer, but was replaced by Goto as a permanent member until his leaving in 2003.

In 2004, current drummer Nobu Nakajima joined. Wajima, Suzuki and Nakajima once lived in a neighborhood in the district Koenji, Tokyo, which is famous for subculture, music and free atmosphere.

2004 – 2020[edit]

Ningen Isu has seen a significant increase in popularity in recent years. They spent years being little known outside Japan; the sales of CD didn't go well, but their talent, constant effort and charming personality made them popular gradually.

The band played at the Ozzfest 2013, hosted by Ozzy Osbourne, which they as Black Sabbath fans felt honored by. And after that, they have got more and more fans.

In 2019, their record "Shin Seinen" reached rank 14 in the Oricon music charts, their highest chart position of so far.[4] Published on May 14, 2019, their song "Heartless Scat" on YouTube reached 1.5 million views on July 3, 2019.[5]

The band will perform as their first world tour in Berlin, Bochum and London in February 2020.[6]

Musical style[edit]

The band often writes about Japanese classical literature, for example: Rampo Edogawa, Osamu Dazai, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Jun-ichiro Tanizaki, Yukio Mishima and also Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Bataille and so on. They often take up topics such as hell, Buddhism, the universe, samurai and gambling. Wajima and Suzuki have a local accent called "Tsugaru dialect", which adds a unique and heavy atmosphere and rhythm to their songs. They, especially Wajima, often use difficult and old Japanese (words used in Edo period to Showa period, often hard to understand even for Japanese people). So the lyrics give listeners special and solemn feelings. They always wear Kimono and traditional underwear Fundoshi on stage.[7]

Influences[edit]

Ningen Isu was strongly influenced by Black Sabbath.[8] Other influences include Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Budgie, King Crimson, and similar artists.The play style of Wajima's guitar is influenced by guitarists such as Robert Fripp, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, Michael Schenker, and also the sound of Tsugaru-jamisen.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Shinji Wajima / Wazzy (和嶋慎治; born 25 December 1965) – guitars, vocals, theremin, main lyrics, composer (1987–present)

His costume has motifs of literary master of Meiji era. He loves the Beatles, blues and Japanese old-style pop song. So the sound he makes is melodious. He often uses the original effectors which he makes by himself. One of them called "Shocker"(the enemy of Kamen Rider Series) make fuzzy unique and mysterious sound. He sometimes uses theremin, which adds cosmic mood. He loves Rakugo (one of the Japanese verbal entertainments) and made a song "Shinagawa Shinju". He also loves camping.

He paints his face white and dresses like a Buddhist monk. Wears "Fundoshi", old Japanese underwear under the Kimono. In the band's early days, Suzuki often wore clothes like Nezumi-otoko, a rat man (a character of Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki), which made them impressive. He sometimes opens events called “Nazareth (band)” in which he plays DJ (only hard rock). He loves Neputa festival held in Hirosaki.

He wears Koikuchi shirt and sunglasses and looks like a Japanese gangster. He sometimes uses "Dora" (kind of Japanese gong). His powerful character and play make him called "Aniki", which means big brother. He is a big fan of Hideshi Hino and composed a song "Jigoku Kozo"(which means "a boy of hell", which is a comic written by Hino). He collects a lot of things, for example sneakers, dam cards, comics and so on.

Former members[edit]

  • Noriyoshi Kamidate – drums (1987–1992)
  • Masuhiro Goto – drums, vocals (1996–2003) as a support member (1993–1995)
  • Iwao Tsuchiya – drums, vocals (1995–1996)


Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart
1989 Ningen Isu (人間椅子; The Human Chair)
  1. Jinmen-sou (人面瘡; Facial Pustules)
  2. Injuu (陰獣; Weird Beast)
  3. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
  4. Ryouki ga Machi ni Yatte Kuru (猟奇が街にやって来る; Bizarre Hunter Come to Town)
  5. Shinkei-shou I LOVE YOU (神経症 I LOVE YOU; Neurosis I LOVE YOU)
  6. Ningen Shikkaku (人間失格; No Longer Human)
  7. Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (桜の森の満開の下; Under the Blooming Cherry Blossoms)
1990 Ningen Shikkaku (人間失格; No Longer Human)
  1. Tetsugoushi Mokushi-roku (鉄格子黙示録; Apocalypse of Iron Grill)
  2. Hari no Yama (針の山; Spiny Mountain in Hell)
  3. Ayakashi no Tsuzumi (あやかしの鼓; Ghost Drums)
  4. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
  5. Sai no Kawara (賽の河原; Side of Sanzu River)
  6. Tengoku ni Musubu Koi (天国に結ぶ恋; Love Connected to Heaven)
  7. Akuma no Temari-uta (悪魔の手毬歌; Temari-uta of Demon)
  8. Ningen Shikkaku (人間失格; No Longer Human)
  9. Heavy Metal no Gyakushuu (ヘヴィ・メタルの逆襲; Counter of Heavy Metal)
  10. Arnheim no Izumi (アルンハイムの泉; Spring of Arnheim)
  11. Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (桜の森の満開の下; Under the Blooming Cherry Blossoms)
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1991 Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (桜の森の満開の下; Under the Blooming Cherry Blossoms)
  1. Bakudan Koushin-kyoku (爆弾行進曲; Bomb March)
  2. Yuigon-jou Housou (遺言状放送; Testament Broadcasting)
  3. Kokoro no Kaji (心の火事; Fires of the Heart)
  4. Yuuutsu Jidai (憂鬱時代; Melancholic Era)
  5. Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha)
  6. Tokyo Bondage (東京ボンデージ)
  7. Nusutto Sanka (盗人讃歌; Thief Hymn)
  8. Sumo no Uta (相撲の唄; Song of Sumo)
  9. Koujou-sen Jou no Maria (甲状腺上のマリア; Mary on the Thyroid Gland)
  10. Taiyou Kokuten (太陽黒点; Sunspot)
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1992 Ougon no Yoake (黄金の夜明け; Golden Dawn)
  1. Ougon no Yoake (黄金の夜明け; Golden Dawn)
  2. Dokusaisha Saigo no Yume (独裁者最後の夢; Dictator's Last Dream)
  3. Heisei Asaborake (平成朝ぼらけ; Dawn of the Heisei Period)
  4. Wa, Gan de Nebega (わ、ガンでねべが; I am Cancer)
  5. Suibotsu Toshi (水没都市; Submerged city)
  6. Koufuku no Neji (幸福のねじ; Happy Screw)
  7. Mandragora no Hana (マンドラゴラの花; Flower of Mandragora)
  8. Subarashiki Nichiyoubi (素晴らしき日曜日; Wonderful Sunday)
  9. Shinpan no Hi (審判の日; Judgment Day)
  10. Mugon Denwa (無言電話; Prank Call)
  11. Kyouki Sanmyaku (狂気山脈; Mountains of Madness)
1993 Rashōmon (羅生門)
  1. Motto Hikari wo! (もっと光を!; More Light!)
  2. Ningen Isu Club (人間椅子倶楽部)
  3. Namake-mono no Jinsei (なまけ者の人生; Lazy Life)
  4. Shide-mushi no Uta (埋葬蟲の唄; Song of Silphidae)
  5. Aomori Rock Daijin (青森ロック大臣; Rock Minister in Aomori)
  6. Nanya-doyara (ナニャドヤラ)
  7. Braun-kan no Hanayome (ブラウン管の花嫁; Bride in CRT)
  8. Akogare no Arirang (憧れのアリラン; Longing Arirang)
  9. Rashōmon (羅生門)
1995 Odoru Issunboushi (踊る一寸法師; A Small Man Dance)
  1. Mothra (モスラ)
  2. Kurai Nichiyoubi (暗い日曜日; Gloomy Sunday)
  3. Dodarebachi (どだればち)
  4. Girigiri Highway (ギリギリ・ハイウェイ; Barely Highway)
  5. Eizuru-koto naki Shiromono (エイズルコトナキシロモノ; An Invisible Dark Something)
  6. Hanemono Jinsei (羽根物人生; Life Without Hits)
  7. Sanjussai (三十歳; 30 Years Old)
  8. Jikan o Tometa Otoko (時間を止めた男; The Man Who Stopped The Time)
  9. Dynamite (ダイナマイト)
  10. Odoru Issunbousi (踊る一寸法師; A Small Man Dance)
1996 Mugen no Juunin (無限の住人; Blade of the Immortal)
  1. Sarashi Kubi (晒し首; Decapitated Head)
  2. Mugen no Juunin (無限の住人; Blade of the Immortal)
  3. Jigoku (地獄; Hell)
  4. Bankara Ichidaiki (蛮カラ一代記; Stalwart Man Chronicle)
  5. Bacchus Gurui (莫迦酔狂ひ; Bacchus Drunk Crazy)
  6. Mokko no Komori-uta (もっこの子守唄; Cradlesong of Monster)
  7. Katana to Saya (刀と鞘; Sword and Sheath)
  8. Tsujigiri Kouta Musyuku-hen (辻斬り小唄無宿編; Street Murder Song of Outlaw)
  9. Uchuu Yuuei (宇宙遊泳; Spacewalk)
  10. Kuroneko (黒猫; Black Cat)
1998 Taihai Geijutsu Ten (頽廃芸術展; Degenerate Art Exhibition)
  1. Tainai-meguri (胎内巡り; Touring in the Womb)
  2. Senritsu suru Kodama (戦慄する木魂; Shivering Spirit)
  3. Kusouzu no Scat (九相図のスキャット; Scat of Rotting Cadaver)
  4. Chinurareta Hina-matsuri (血塗られたひな祭り; Bloody Doll's Day)
  5. Kiku-ningyou no Noroi (菊人形の呪い; Curse of Chrysanthemum Doll)
  6. Tentai Shikou-shou (天体嗜好症; Astro Palatability)
  7. Mura no Hazure de Big Bang (村の外れでビッグバン; Big Bang in Village Side)
  8. ED75
  9. Excite (エキサイト)
  10. Ahen-kutsu no Otoko (阿片窟の男; Man in the Opium Den)
  11. Ginga Tetsudou 777 (銀河鉄道777; Galaxy Express 777)
  12. Dunwich no Kai (ダンウィッチの怪; The Dunwich Horror)
1999 Nijusseiki Sousoukyoku (二十世紀葬送曲; Funeral for the 20th Century)
  1. Yuurei Ressha (幽霊列車; Ghost Train)
  2. Mushi (; Bug)
  3. Koi wa Sankaku-mokuba no Ue de (恋は三角木馬の上で; Love on Wooden horse)
  4. Tokai no Douwa (都会の童話; Fairytale of Urban)
  5. Akatsuki no Dantou-dai (暁の断頭台; Guillotine of Dawn)
  6. Shoujo Jigoku (少女地獄; Girl Hell)
  7. Haru no Umi (春の海; Spring Sea)
  8. Fumin-shou Blues (不眠症ブルース; Insomnia Blues)
  9. Sabbath Thrash Sabbath (サバス・スラッシュ・サバス)
  10. Kuroi Taiyou (黒い太陽; Black Sun)
2000 Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)
  1. Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)
  2. Minashigo no Shuffle (みなしごのシャッフル; Shuffle of Orphan)
  3. Hiruta Hakase no Hatsumei (蛭田博士の発明; Dr. Hiruta's Invention)
  4. Keimusho wa Ippai (刑務所はいっぱい; Prison is Full)
  5. Ashinaga-gumo(あしながぐも; Tetragnatha)
  6. Amairo no Scarf (亜麻色のスカーフ; Flax Color Scarf)
  7. Imo-musi (芋虫; Caterpillar)
  8. Meitantei Toujou (名探偵登場; Appearance of Great Detective)
  9. Yaneura no Neputa Matsuri (屋根裏のねぷた祭り; Neputa Festival in Attic)
  10. Tanoshii Natsu-yasumi (楽しい夏休み; Merry Summer Vacation)
  11. Jigoku Fuukei (地獄風景; Hell View)
  12. Daidan-en(大団円; Grand Finale)
2001 Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
  1. Shinigami no Kyouen (死神の饗宴; Reaper's Feast)
  2. Nehan Zakura (涅槃桜; Cherry Blossoms of Nirvana)
  3. Invader (侵略者)
  4. Sayonara no Mukou-gawa (さよならの向こう側; Beyond the Goodbey)
  5. Hitokui Sensha (人喰い戦車; Man-Eating Tank)
  6. Soshite Subarashiki Jikan-ryokou(そして素晴しき時間旅行; And Wonderful Time Trip)
  7. Amai Kotoba Warui Nakama (甘い言葉 悪い仲間; Candied Words and Bad Buddy)
  8. Shizen-ji (自然児; Child of Nature)
  9. Eden no Shoujo (エデンの少女; Eden's Girl)
  10. Miwaku no Ojou-sama (魅惑のお嬢様; Alluring Lady)
  11. Akuma Ooini Warau (悪魔大いに笑う; Devil Laughs)
  12. Kan-oke Rock (棺桶ロック; Coffin Rock)
  13. Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
2003 Shura bayashi (修羅囃子; The Asura Accompaniment)
  1. Touyou no Majo (東洋の魔女; Oriental Witch)
  2. Oni (鬼)
  3. Ai no Kotoba wo Kazoe-you (愛の言葉を数えよう; Let's Count the Words of Love)
  4. Tsuki ni Samayou (月に彷徨う; Misled by the Moon)
  5. Yakyuu Yarou (野球野郎; Baseball Dude)
  6. Saigo no Bansan (最後の晩餐; Last Supper)
  7. Owaranai Ensou-kai (終わらない演奏会; Endless Concert)
  8. Ou-sama no Mimi ha Roba no Mimi (王様の耳はロバの耳; The King has Donkey Ears)
  9. Osore-zan (恐山; Mount Osore)
  10. Jasei no In (蛇性の淫; Snake-Like Horny)
  11. Soukoku no Ie (相剋の家; House of Antagonism)
140
2004 San-aku Douchuu Hizakurige (三悪道中膝栗毛; Hiking to Hell)
  1. Senrei (洗礼; Baptism)
  2. Notare-jini (野垂れ死に; Dying by the Roadside)
  3. Ishu-gaeshi (意趣返し; Vendetta)
  4. Doutei (道程; Journey)
  5. Yotarou Seiden (与太郎正伝; Yotarou's Authentic Biography)
  6. Akuryou (悪霊; Evil Spirits)
  7. Shinsei (新生; Born Again)
  8. Yakan Hikou (夜間飛行; Night Flight)
  9. Noresore (のれそれ; Leptocephalus)
  10. Hassha (発射; Discharge)
  11. Chijin no Ai (痴人の愛; Fool's Love)
206
2006 Fu-chi-ku (瘋痴狂; Hoochie Koo)
  1. Raijin (雷神; God of Thunder)
  2. Nijuuichi-seiki no Fu-chi-ku (二十一世紀の瘋痴狂; The 21st Century Hoochie Koo)
  3. Rock 'n' roll Tokkyuu (ロックンロール特急; Rock 'n' roll Express)
  4. Shinagawa Shinjuu (品川心中; Lovers' Suicide in Shinagawa)
  5. Aoi Shoudou (青い衝動; Blue Impulse)
  6. Mujihi naru Seishun (無慈悲なる青春; Ruthless Youth)
  7. Fuwaku no Michi (不惑の路; Road of 40 Years Old)
  8. Sanshou-uo (山椒魚; Salamander)
  9. Kyoufu!! Fujitsubo Ningen (恐怖!!ふじつぼ人間; Terror!! Barnacles Man)
  10. Koritsu-muen no Shisou (孤立無援の思想; Lonely Thought)
  11. Ankoku Seiun (暗黒星雲; Dark Nebula)
  12. Genshoku no Kotou (幻色の孤島; Phantom Island)
244
2007 Manatsu no Yo no Yume (真夏の夜の夢; The Midsummer Night's Dream)
  1. Yoru ga Naku (夜が哭く; Night Wail)
  2. Tenraku no Gakuten (転落の楽典; Music of Downfall)
  3. Seinen wa Kouya wo Mezasu (青年は荒野を目指す; Youth Beyond the Wasteland)
  4. Soratobu Enban (空飛ぶ円盤; Flying Saucer)
  5. Saru no Sendan (猿の船団; Monkeys Fleet)
  6. Enma-chou (閻魔帳; Necrology)
  7. Hakujitsu-mu (白日夢; Daydream)
  8. Botan Dōrō (牡丹燈籠; Peony Lantern)
  9. Sekai ni Hanataba wo (世界に花束を; Flowers for World)
  10. Umi Monogatari (膿物語; Pus Story)
  11. Metabolic Angel (肥満天使)
  12. Dottoharai (どっとはらい; That's All For Tonight)
178
2009 Mirai Roman-ha (未来浪漫派; Future Romantic School)
  1. Taiyou no Botsuraku (太陽の没落; Downfall of the Sun)
  2. Kagayakeru Ishi (輝ける意志; Shining Will)
  3. Roman-ha Sengen (浪漫派宣言; Declaration of Romantic School)
  4. Shifuku no Rock 'n' roll (至福のロックンロール; Blissful Rock 'n' roll)
  5. Ai no Housoku (愛の法則; Law of Love)
  6. Aka to Kuro (赤と黒; Red and Black)
  7. Meido Kissa (冥土喫茶; Hades Cafe)
  8. Tou no Naka no Otoko (塔の中の男; The Man in the Tower)
  9. Gekka ni Sasagu Butou-kyoku (月下に捧ぐ舞踏曲; Dance music to the Moon)
  10. Yama-san (ヤマさん; Mr. Yama)
  11. Aki no Yonaga no Mystery (秋の夜長のミステリー; Mystery of Long Autumn Nights)
  12. Bacchiri Ikitai Komori-uta (ばっちりいきたい子守唄; Cradlesong of Want Perfectly)
  13. Shin-en (深淵; Abyss)
2011 Shigan Raisan (此岸礼讃; The Worship of this World)
  1. Futtou suru Uchuu (沸騰する宇宙; Boiling Universe)
  2. Ahodara-kyou (阿呆陀羅経; Satirical Sutra)
  3. A-Toukai yo Ima Izuko (あゝ東海よ今いずこ; Ah, Where is Tokai Now)
  4. Hikari e Wasshoi (光へワッショイ; Light to Heave-Ho)
  5. Giragira shita Sekai (ギラギラした世界; Glaring World)
  6. Haru no Nioi wa Nehan no Kaori (春の匂いは涅槃の薫り; Spring Smell is Nirvana Fragrance)
  7. Akuma to Seppun (悪魔と接吻; Kiss with Devil)
  8. Nageba Yama gara Mokko kuru (泣げば山がらもっこ来る; If You Cry, Monster Comes From The Mountain)
  9. Kochou-ran (胡蝶蘭; Phalaenopsis)
  10. Chitei eno Toubou (地底への逃亡; Escape to the Center of the Earth)
  11. Gusha no Rakuen (愚者の楽園; Paradise of Fools)
  12. Jigoku no Rock Band (地獄のロックバンド; Hell's Rock Band)
  13. Konjaku Hijiri (今昔聖; Monk in Past and Present)
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2013 Mandoro (萬燈籠; Full Moon)
  1. Shigan Goeika (此岸御詠歌; Hymn of this World)
  2. Kuroyuri Nikki (黒百合日記; Black Lily Diary)
  3. JIgokuhen (地獄変; Hell Screen)
  4. Sakura Ranman (桜爛漫; Cherry Blossoms Glorious)
  5. Neputa no Mondoriko (ねぷたのもんどりこ; Neputa Returns)
  6. Shinchou Kyurakyukyu-bushi (新調きゅらきゅきゅ節; New Kyurakyukyu Song)
  7. Neko ja Neko ja (猫じゃ猫じゃ; You are a Cat)
  8. Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸; The Spider's Thread)
  9. Juusan-seiki no Hanayome (十三世紀の花嫁; Bride of the 13th Century)
  10. Tsuki no Monna Lisa (月のモナリザ; Mona Lisa of the Moon)
  11. Jikan kara no Kage (時間からの影; Shadows from Time)
  12. Jinsei Banzai (人生万歳; Long Live Life)
  13. Eisei ni natta Otoko (衛星になった男; The Man who Turned into a Satellite)
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2014 Burai Houjou (無頼豊饒; Freedom and Luxuriance)
  1. Hyouchou no Teikoku (表徴の帝国; The Empire of Signs)
  2. Namahage (なまはげ)
  3. Jigoku no Ryouri-nin (地獄の料理人; Hellish Cook)
  4. Meishin (迷信; Superstition)
  5. Umare Izuru Tamashii (生まれ出づる魂; Soul Born)
  6. Shitsuu-busshou (悉有仏性; Universal Buddha-Nature)
  7. Uchuusen Miroku-gou (宇宙船弥勒号; Spaceship Maitreya)
  8. Ligeia (リジイア)
  9. Ms. Android (ミス・アンドロイド)
  10. Guskō Budori (グスコーブドリ)
  11. Garandou no Chikyuu (がらんどうの地球; Empty Earth)
  12. Kekkon Kyousou-kyoku (結婚狂想曲; Crazy Wedding March)
  13. Reijuu no Sakebi (隷従の叫び; Shout of Slavery)
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2016 Kaidan Soshite Shi to Erosu (怪談 そして死とエロス; Ghost Stories; Death and Eroticism)
  1. Kyoufu no Daiou (恐怖の大王; Great King of Terror)
  2. Houichi Junan (芳一受難; Houichi's Ordeals)
  3. Kikka no Kazoe-uta (菊花の数え唄; Counting Song of Daisy)
  4. Ookami no Tasogare (狼の黄昏; Wolf's Twilight)
  5. Nemuri-otoko (眠り男; Sleeping Guy)
  6. Yomi-gaeri no Machi (黄泉がえりの街; The City from Hades)
  7. Yuki-onna (雪女; Snow Woman)
  8. Sanzu no Kawa (三途の川; Sanzu River)
  9. Doro no Ame (泥の雨; Mud Rain)
  10. Chou-nouryoku ga Atta nara (超能力があったなら; If I Have Supernatural Power)
  11. Jigoku no Kyuuen (地獄の球宴; Hell's Ball Game)
  12. Madame Edwarda (マダム・エドワルダ)
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2017 Ijigen kara no Houkou (異次元からの咆哮; The Roar From Another Dimension)
  1. Kyomu no Koe (虚無の声; Voice of Nothing)
  2. Fuujin (風神; God of the Wind)
  3. Chou-shizen-genshou (超自然現象; Paranormal)
  4. Tsukiyo no Oni-odori (月夜の鬼踊り; Oni Dancing in the Moonlight Night)
  5. Mononoke Fever (もののけフィーバー; Monster Fever)
  6. Uchu no Symphony (宇宙のシンフォニー; Symphony of the Universe)
  7. Taiyou ga Ippai (太陽がいっぱい; Full of Sun)
  8. Chijin no Monologue (痴人のモノローグ; Monologue of Fool)
  9. Akuma Kitousho (悪魔祈祷書; Devil's Prayer Book)
  10. Akumu no Tenjouin (悪夢の添乗員; Tour Conductor of Nightmare)
  11. Jigoku no Heavy Rider (地獄のヘビーライダー; Heavy Rider from Hell)
  12. Itansha no Kanashimi (異端者の悲しみ; Grief of Heretic)
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2019 Shin Seinen (新青年; NewYouth)
  1. Shin Seinen Maegaki (新青年まえがき; Preface of NewYouth)
  2. Kagami Jigoku (鏡地獄; Hellish Mirror)
  3. Tokushin (瀆神; Blasphemy)
  4. Yaneura no Sanposha (屋根裏の散歩者; Watcher in the Attic)
  5. Gankutsu-Ou (巌窟王; The Count of Monte Cristo)
  6. Iro wa Nioedo (いろはにほへと; Even the Blossoming Flowers)
  7. Uchu no Disclosure (宇宙のディスクロージャー; Disclosure by Universe)
  8. Anata no Shiranai Sekai (あなたの知らない世界; The World You Don't Know)
  9. Jigoku Kozou (地獄小僧; Boy From Hell)
  10. Jigoku no Moushigo (地獄の申し子; Hell-sent Child)
  11. Tsuki no Apennine San (月のアペニン山; Montes Apenninus)
  12. An'ya Kōro (暗夜行路; A Dark Night's Passing)
  13. Mujou no Scat (無情のスキャット; Heartless Scat)
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Best-of Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart
1994 Petenshi to Kuuki Otoko ~Ningen Isu Kessaku-sen~ (ペテン師と空気男〜人間椅子傑作選〜)
2002 Oshie to Tabi suru Otoko ~Ningen Isu Kessaku-sen vol.2~ (押絵と旅する男〜人間椅子傑作選 第2集〜)
2009 Ningen-Isu Kessaku-sen (人間椅子傑作選 二十周年記念ベスト盤) 160
2014 Utsushiyo wa Yume ~25th Anniversary Best Album~ (現世は夢 〜25周年記念ベストアルバム〜; This World is a Dream)

DISC1

  1. Hari no Yama (針の山; Spiny Mountain in Hell)
  2. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
  3. Tengoku ni Musubu Koi (天国に結ぶ恋; Love Connected to Heaven)
  4. Sai no Kawara (賽の河原; Side of Sanzu River)
  5. Jinmen-sou (人面瘡; Facial Pustules)
  6. Dynamite (ダイナマイト)
  7. Jigoku (地獄; Hell)
  8. Kuroneko (黒猫; Black Cat)
  9. Yuurei Ressha (幽霊列車; Ghost Train)
  10. Jigoku Fuukei (地獄風景; Hell View)
  11. Shinigami no Kyouen (死神の饗宴; Reaper's Feast)
  12. Soukoku no Ie (相剋の家; House of Antagonism)
  13. Shinagawa Shinjuu (品川心中; Lovers' Suicide in Shinagawa)
  14. Injuu (陰獣; Weird Beast)
  15. Shinkei-shou I LOVE YOU (神経症 I LOVE YOU; Neurosis I LOVE YOU)

DISC2

  1. Dottoharai (どっとはらい; That's All For Tonight)
  2. Meido Kissa (冥土喫茶; Hades Cafe)
  3. Shin-en (深淵; Abyss)
  4. Konjaku Hijiri (今昔聖; Monk in Past and Present)
  5. Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸; The Spider's Thread)
  6. Neputa no Mondoriko (ねぷたのもんどりこ; Neputa Returns)
  7. Shinchou Kyurakyukyu-bushi (新調きゅらきゅきゅ節; New Kyurakyukyu Song)
  8. Jigoku no Ryouri-nin (地獄の料理人; Hellish Cook)
  9. Namahage (なまはげ)
  10. Jigoku eno Shoutai-Jou (地獄への招待状; Invitation to Hell)
  11. Akutoku no Sakae (悪徳の栄え; Prosperity of Vice)
  12. Kanashiki Toshokan-in (悲しき図書館員; Sad Librarian)
  13. Uchuu kara no Iro (宇宙からの色; The Colour out of Space)
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Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Format Chart
2010 Shippuu Dotou ~Ningen Isu Live! Live!! (疾風怒濤〜人間椅子ライブ!ライブ!!) 2CD+DVD 180
2017 Ifuu Doudou ~Ningen Isu Live!! (威風堂々〜人間椅子ライブ!!) 2CD

Singles[edit]

Year Single details Format
1991 Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha)
  1. Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha)
  2. Jinmen-sou (人面瘡; Facial Pustules)
8cmCD
1991 Koufuku no Neji (幸福のねじ; Happy Screw)
  1. Koufuku no Neji (幸福のねじ; Happy Screw)
  2. Heisei Asaborake (平成朝ぼらけ; Dawn of the Heisei Period)
8cmCD
1993 Motto Hikari wo! (もっと光を!; More Light!)
  1. Motto Hikari wo! (もっと光を!; More Light!)
  2. Namake-mono no Jinsei <single version> (なまけ者の人生 [シングルバージョン]; Lazy Life <single version>)
  3. Daiyogen <bonus track> (大予言 [ボーナストラック]; Great Prophecy [bonus track])
  4. Motto Hikari wo! <karaoke> (もっと光を! [カラオケ]; More Light! <karaoke>)
8cmCD
1996 Katana to Saya (刀と鞘; Sword and Sheath)
  1. Katana to Saya (刀と鞘; Sword and Sheath)
  2. Ouka Ondo (桜下音頭; March Under the Cherry Tree)
  3. Ouka Ondo <karaoke> (桜下音頭 [カラオケ]; March Under the Cherry Tree <karaoke>)
8cmCD
2015 Doro no Ame ~NINJA SLAYER Ver. (泥の雨~ニンジャスレイヤーVer. ; Mud Rain ~NINJA SLAYER Ver.)
  1. Doro no Ame ~ NINJA SLAYER Ver. (泥の雨~ニンジャスレイヤーVer. ; Mud Rain ~NINJA SLAYER Ver.)
download
2015 Jigoku no Aloha (地獄のアロハ; Hell's Aloha) - by Kinniku Shōjo Tai with Ningen Isu CD/DVD
2015 Doro no Ame (泥の雨; Mud Rain)
  1. Doro no Ame (泥の雨; Mud Rain)
download
2016 Hari no Yama (針の山; Spiny Mountain in Hell)
  1. Hari no Yama (針の山; Spiny Mountain in Hell)
  2. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
Phonograph record

Videos[edit]

Year Videos details Format
1991 Yuigon-jou Housou (遺言状放送; Testament Broadcasting)
LIVE
―Introduction―
1. Tengoku ni Musubu Koi (天国に結ぶ恋; Love Connected to Heaven)
2. Yuigon-jou Housou (遺言状放送; Testament Broadcasting)
―Intermission―
3. Ayakashi no Tsuzumi (あやかしの鼓; Ghost Drums)
4. Shinkei-shou I LOVE YOU (神経症 I LOVE YOU; Neurosis I LOVE YOU)
5. Rock and Roll (led zeppelin)
6. Heavy Metal no Gyakushuu (ヘヴィ・メタルの逆襲; Counter of Heavy Metal)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
Promotion Video
Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha)
―Ending―
Bonus Track
Seikimatsu dai Yogen - Musekinin Henshuu: Ningen Isu (世紀末大予言 - 無責任編集:人間椅子; A Great Deal of Late Century - Editor:Ningen Isu)
VHS
2000 Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)
Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)[PV]
PV Making Movie
Album "Kaijin Nijuu Mensou" (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces) 15s CM
Album "Kaijin Nijuu Mensou" (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces) 30s CM
VHS
2002 Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
Promotion Video
Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
Yuurei Ressha (幽霊列車; Ghost Train)
LIVE
1. Koufuku no Neji (幸福のねじ; Happy Screw)
2. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
3. Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)
4. Amairo no Scarf (亜麻色のスカーフ; Flax Color Scarf)
5. Yaneura no Neputa Matsuri (屋根裏のねぷた祭り; Neputa Festival in Attic)
6. Mura no Hazure de Big Bang (村の外れでビッグバン; Big Bang in Village Side)
7. Dodarebachi (どだればち)
8. Bacchus Gurui (莫迦酔狂ひ; Bacchus Drunk Crazy)
9. Jigoku (地獄; Hell)
10. Jigoku Fuukei (地獄風景; Hell View)
Bonus Track
Tokai no Douwa (都会の童話; Fairytale of Urban)
VHS
2006 Yuigon-jou Housou (遺言状放送; Testament Broadcasting)
LIVE
―Introduction―
1. Tengoku ni Musubu Koi (天国に結ぶ恋; Love Connected to Heaven)
2. Yuigon-jou Housou (遺言状放送; Testament Broadcasting)
―Intermission―
3. Ayakashi no Tsuzumi (あやかしの鼓; Ghost Drums)
4. Shinkei-shou I LOVE YOU (神経症 I LOVE YOU; Neurosis I LOVE YOU)
5. Rock and Roll (led zeppelin)
6. Heavy Metal no Gyakushuu (ヘヴィ・メタルの逆襲; Counter of Heavy Metal)
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man (King Crimson)
Promotion Video
Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha)
―Ending―
DVD
2006 Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
Promotion Video
Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
Yuurei Ressha (幽霊列車; Ghost Train)
LIVE
1. Koufuku no Neji (幸福のねじ; Happy Screw)
2. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear)
3. Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces)
4. Amairo no Scarf (亜麻色のスカーフ; Flax Color Scarf)
5. Yaneura no Neputa Matsuri (屋根裏のねぷた祭り; Neputa Festival in Attic)
6. Mura no Hazure de Big Bang (村の外れでビッグバン; Big Bang in Village Side)
7. Dodarebachi (どだればち)
8. Bacchus Kurui (莫迦酔狂ひ; Bacchus Drunk Crazy)
9. Jigoku (地獄; Hell)
10. Jigoku Fuukei (地獄風景; Hell View)
Bonus Track
Tokai no Douwa (都会の童話; Fairytale of Urban)
Touyou no Majo (東洋の魔女; Oriental Witch)[PV]
Senrei (洗礼; Baptism)[PV]
DVD
2015 Kurushimi mo Yorokobi mo Yume nareba koso "Utsushiyo ha Yume - Band Seikatsu 25 Shuunen -" in Shibuya Koukaidou Kouen (苦しみも喜びも夢なればこそ「現世は夢~バンド生活二十五年~」渋谷公会堂公演; Pain and Joy is a Dream "This World is a Dream - Band Life 25th Anniversary -" in Shibuya Public Hall)
LIVE
1. Uchuu kara no Iro (宇宙からの色; The Colour out of Space)
2. Jigoku eno Shoutai-Jou (地獄への招待状; Invitation to Hell)
3. Shinchou Kyurakyukyu-bushi (新調きゅらきゅきゅ節; New Kyurakyukyu Song)
4. Neputa no Mondoriko (ねぷたのもんどりこ; Neputa Returns)
5. Shinkei-shou I LOVE YOU (神経症 I LOVE YOU; Neurosis I LOVE YOU)
6. Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (桜の森の満開の下; Under the Blooming Cherry Blossoms)
7. Konjaku Hijiri (今昔聖; Monk in Past and Present)
8. Senrei (洗礼; Baptism)
9. Akutoku no Sakae (悪徳の栄え; Prosperity of Vice)
10. Meido Kissa (冥土喫茶; Hades Cafe)
11. Shin-en (深淵; Abyss)
12. Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸; The Spider's Thread)
13. Jigoku no Ryouri-nin (地獄の料理人; Hellish Cook)
14. Meishin (迷信; Superstition)
15. Hari no Yama (針の山; Spiny Mountain in Hell)
16. Injuu (陰獣; Weird Beast)
17. Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World)
18. Namahage (なまはげ)
Bonus Track(MV)
Namahage (なまはげ)
Uchuu kara no Iro (宇宙からの色; The Colour out of Space)
DVD/Blu-ray
2018 Odoro Mandara -Music Video Shu- (おどろ曼荼羅~ミュージックビデオ集~; Horrid Mandala -Music VIdeo Collection-)
1. Ringo no Namida (りんごの泪; Apple's Tear) (1990)
2. Yashaga-ike (夜叉ヶ池; Pond of Yaksha) (1991)
3. Girigiri Highway (ギリギリ・ハイウェイ; Barely Highway) (1995)
4. Dynamite (ダイナマイト) (1995)
5. Yuurei Ressha (幽霊列車; Ghost Train) (1999)
6. Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (怪人二十面相; The Fiend with Twenty Faces) (2000)
7. Mishiranu Sekai (見知らぬ世界; The Unknown World) (2001)
8. Touyou no Majo (東洋の魔女; Oriental Witch) (2003)
9. Senrei (洗礼; Baptism) (2004)
10. Shinagawa Shinjuu (品川心中; Lovers' Suicide in Shinagawa) (2006)
11. Roman-ha Sengen (浪漫派宣言; Declaration of Romantic School) (2009)
12. Namahage (なまはげ) (2014)
13. Uchuu kara no Iro (宇宙からの色; The Colour out of Space) (2014)
14. Kyoufu no Daiou (恐怖の大王; Great King of Terror) (2016)
15. Kyomu no Koe (虚無の声; Voice of Nothing) (2017)
16. Inochi Urimasu (命売ります; Life For Sale) (2018)
DVD/Blu-ray

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.spirit-of-metal.com/en/band/Ningen-Isu. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Angus Cargill Hang the DJ: An Alternative Book of Music Lists 2008 Page 75 "Ningen Isu The first Japanese band I ever saw and still the very best; Black Sabbath reborn in the Tohoku region of Japan. Fourteen albums to date and you need them all."
  3. ^ Mark Driscoll Absolute Erotic, Absolute Grotesque: The Living, Dead, and Undead - 2010 p139 "In the short story "The Human Chair" (Ningen Isu) published in 1924, Rampo intuited this neuropolitical invasion of the body and the de- anthropomorphizing effects that ensue. In the story a worker in a small factory becomes so engrossed in."
  4. ^ "Ningen Isu on Oricon". Oricon. 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  5. ^ "Japanese Metal Band Ningen Isu's Epic 'Heartless Scat' Video Nears 1.5 Million Views: Watch". Billboard Japan. 2019. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  6. ^ "NINGEN ISU in europe for the first time!". Nine Lives Entertainment. 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  7. ^ "Ningen Isu explores death, lust on new album | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  8. ^ 人間椅子 来るOzzfestに向け、あふれる「サバス愛」を語りまくる (in Japanese)
  9. ^ 週間 CDアルバムランキング 2019年06月17日付 [Weekly CD Album Ranking on June 17, 2019]. Oricon News (in Japanese). Retrieved June 12, 2019.

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