Idol Covers I’d Love to Hear, Ranked

A few days ago, everybody’s favorite Babymetal Wales tour organizer tweeted:

What an interesting thing! I have no disagreement with any of that. It did get me thinking, though, because every time I consider what I’d want my entirely hypothetical idol project to do, it includes a lot of covers to both show respect for the group’s influences and to put a new, unique spin on some classics (and definitely not in any way to pad out albums or have quick-turnaround releases, you jerks!).

Also, it’s been longer than I’d anticipated since the last Ranked post, so I thought this might make for some fun over the weekend, too. As usual, this is just a ranking, not the all-time ranking, merely a collection of songs that would make for cool idol covers that are ranked relatively to one another. Continue reading

There Shall Be No Further Mockery of Death Vocals in Ladybaby

So, Ladybaby, as you recall, began life with the Beard himself adding growls and screams and the like to what was usually otherwise a jangly mess of sounds from a drunken night in Akihabara. Sometimes a delight! Following his departure, though, the mechanical add-on harsh vocals seemed like some kind of rude joke; they got the point across, but with none of the pizzazz unless you’re very easily impressed.

When the group underwent its complete re-tool following the falling-out etc. between Rie and Rei*, one could be forgiven for thinking that the old way of doing things was going to be politely left aside. The piped-in death growls were kind of ha-ha cheesy at first, only to become just-plain cheesy in short order, to the point of ridiculousness, so songs that just skipped that whole bit and instead tried to actually be good songs, they were way more enjoyable; I mean, I know that people loved the hell out of “Pelo”, but I’m still overly partial to “LADY BABY BLUE”, which is as far a departure from “Nippon Manju” as you’ll find this side of a Negicco ballad.

And then they decided to let in this girl: Continue reading

The Continuing Adventures of Bekah and Ashley

This Here at Homicidols.com, we believe that one of the best ways to make more fans of idols is to lift up and celebrate those fans who are really doing it right. Take, for example, Bekah and Ashley, whose self-produced dance covers of essential idol videos prove just how fun this whole business is.

They released this cover of BiS’s “SOCiALiSM” —

— which was a nice reminder to catch up with their work. They’ve been busy! Continue reading

I Bet I Can Get You to Watch This REGiNA KiSS Video

You know what, you guys? I’m not going to chide you for never looking at REGiNA KiSS when they (for they are very prolific) release new video, nor will I chide you for not listening to them when they release new music. It seems like nobody does! And that’s actually pretty criminal, if you ask me.

This is Kanna. She’s one of the three members of REGiNA KiSS. She’s a full-suite kind of idol, doing music here and also a lot of modeling. And, fittingly, she’s a pretty good singer:

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Hey Sure, Let’s Celebrate NEVE SLIDE DOWN’s Birthday with Them

Did you guys know that PassCode’s sisters in NEVE SLIDE DOWN had their debut a year ago yesterday? I sure as hell didn’t, because their first videos didn’t drop until September IIRC, but I’m also not mad about it, what with that whole sure-let’s-look-at-NEVE-SLIDE-DOWN thing.

Anyway, the news, and the trailer doodad:

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Oh Cool, Kimi to Boku Shared a New Track

Goodness gracious, I had to really scrape the ol’ site history for a minute to figure out where things are with You and Me, Sometimes Melancholic (Twitter), who I got legitimately excited about once upon a time and then just sort of faded into the background (it’s kind of a thing with this company (see: Tsuki to Taiyou), I guess). They’re in that fine tradition of horror/fantasy/kind-of-VK/metal idols that I enjoy but don’t get the same kind of love as the -core-ier side of the coin.

Anyway, Kimi to Boku had themselves a little bit of a soft reboot at the end of last year, and I’m guessing that this track (which is a cover, so not “new” per se) is part of that process: Continue reading

Check out This Band Covering NSLE’s ‘A Drama with Nietzsche’

We’re pretty used to idols covering bands at this point, but what about when bands cover idols? Norem shared this video in the Idolmetal group yesterday …

… and not only is it pretty good, but it got the ol’ Maniac wheels turning anew. Continue reading

When Senpai Notices: Billie Idle Loves Your Dance Videos

Man, this is just proof positive that we really are the best fans.

Ashley shared this in the Idolmetal group, and I was going to make a little bit of a deal out of that, but then this happened:

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This Monday Match Game Got You Covered

You know, I’m a pretty big fan of the defunct-but-also-DAIDAIDAI-inspirational PSYBOU KANOJO, if you hadn’t noticed, and I’ve been spending some time over the past week or so doing a bit of retrospective. Not everything was pure gold, but there was enough creativity and heaviness and power and heaviness and beats and heaviness that I can still throw on some of Yuki’s live videos, or go through the old Soundcloud account, and have enough godDAMN moments that I go right back to being really sad that Yuki called it quits basically out of nowhere.

But we still have her music! And because of that, we can play with it forever.

Last week’s Monday Match Game gave Osaka Shunkashuto a slim win over Q’ulle in a true idol dance-off; this week, we’re going heavy, but we’re going heavy in a completely different way than usual.

PSYBOU KANOJO had some great original music, but also some great covers, and it’s those personal versions of others’ compositions that we usher into Homicidol Arena. The thing is, the referee (e.g. the polling widget) doesn’t like Soundcloud, so what you’re going to use to vote are the originals … but you’re going to be voting FOR the PSYBOU KANOJO versions. Make sense? Continue reading

I Get Letters: Calling All Musical Talents

Now that I’ve loosened you up for the weekend, I wanted to make good on a request from a person who swears that they’re big fans (yeah, right) but didn’t want to reveal their name (WHAT KIND OF DISHONEST LUNATIC HIDES BEHIND A PSEUDONYM?).

This nameless friend had a question/request: It is known that plenty of us can sing, play instruments, etc. What if, just for fun, we (read: you) did regular musical collaborations, covering the kinds of songs that are big hits ’round these parts?

I find this intriguing. Considering that nobody’s probably aiming to be the next REO Speedwagon around here, and there’s plenty of technology for swapping files and meeting in virtual space, I think it’s perfectly feasible to do community covers on a monthly-or-so basis. Continue reading