Les Rallizes Denudes
December 20, 2011 2:52 PM Subscribe
Although the ultra-mysterious and rumour-cloaked Les Rallizes Dénudés/Hadaka no Rallizes existed in various forms from November 1967 to their last gig in October 1996 they are practically unknown in - let alone out of - Japan. Their recorded output is incredibly rare and highly priced and interviews or articles in the music press virtually non-existent. Tie that in with links to radical left-wing politics, extreme sensory assault at live shows and a general revolutionary aura and you have what must be the ultimate cult group.
The name "Les Rallizes Dénudés" apparently comes from
"a Japanese word ('rallizes') presented as a French noun, then qualified by the French word for 'stripped bare,' or 'unveiled.' ... [At their first gig] they billed themselves as 'Haddaka No Rallizes'; this, a Japanese friend tells me, simply means 'naked and fucked up.'"
The band's original bassist, Moriaki Wakabayashi, was a member of the Japanese Red Army
, participated in the failed Yodogo hijacking
in 1970, and spent the next 32 years in exile in North Korea
And now, the music!
A few random songs to start with:
From the '77 Live
bootleg – apparently the most common point of entry
into the band's music:
From Cable Hogue
From the Volcanic Performace
Live at University Western Auditorium, Kyoto, 10 July 1994: 1