Vodka Collins

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Vodka Collins
Vodka Collins band, circa 1972.
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Glam rock
Years active 1971–present
Labels Toshiba EMI Records (1970s)
Polystar (1990s)
Members Hiroshi Oguchi, Alan Merrill, Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu, Take Yokouchi (until 1995) Masayoshi "Mabo" Kabe (1995-2000)

Vodka Collins is a Tokyo based Japanese-American rock band, formed in 1971. The core band members are drummer Hiroshi Oguchi (formerly of The Tempters),[1] singer-guitarist Alan Merrill,[2] singer-guitarist Hiroshi "Monsieur" Kamayatsu (formerly of The Spiders) [3] and bassist Take Yokouchi (formerly of the Four Leaves backing band, High Society). In later reunion recordings in the 1990s, Yokouchi was replaced by Masayoshi "Mabo" Kabe (formerly of The Golden Cups) on bass guitar [4].

All of the band's released works are original compositions by the lead singer Alan Merrill. The band has made 5 albums,[5] the most well known being the glam rock album "Tokyo - New York" released in 1973 on EMI records. Other album titles are Chemical Reaction[6], Pink Soup[7]', Boy's Life [8] and Boys In The Band. [9] The band's most valuable contribution territorially was recording and releasing the first single in the glam rock genre in Japanese, 1972's double a-sided single "Sands Of Time"' and '"Automatic Pilot"' on EMI records.[10]

Vodka Collins were the opening act on the Jackson 5's first show in Japan on April 27, 1973 at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo. The show was broadcast live on Fuji Television.[11]

The band's founding member and drummer Hiroshi Oguchi died January 25, 2009.[12] There was a memorial concert for him with all the original band members performing on stage January 25 of 2010 at the Duo Exchange venue in Tokyo with Grico Tomioka taking Oguchi's place on drums. The band's rhythm guitarist, Monsieur Kamayatsu, died on March 1, 2017. [13] Lead singer Alan Merrill did a memorial concert for Kamayatsu with star guests in Tokyo April 2017 at the Duo Music Exchange[14].



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