Stupid Best of 2018! I don’t mean to complain, not totally, about one of my favorite things to do all year, but one of the most work-intensive; I just regret trying to do that work at one of the busiest times of the year for Real Life things. Are idols not real life, you query, and to you I say, please tell me that you’ve left the house this week. No, what I’m getting at is that I’ve been watching things flit through my streams and pop up in my notifications and get mentioned left and right and I’ve been time-powerless to do anything about them. And some of them are good! May I make up in due time.
One thing that I didn’t want to wait popped up as like a rude awakening, as I have all but taken Poppy’s advise and deleted my Facebook. I have not, though, and will get pinged about things sometimes, and one of those times was yesterday when Terry shared this in the group — it’s … exactly as the title says, as in, a very loud live of Bury’s, in fact a show with a band!
Go ahead, tell me all about how much you missed the alliterative wonders that are Malcolm Mask McLaren, who are perpetually too good to not get talked about more but also don’t do enough stuff to warrant talking too much about say la vee. When we last saw our intrepid formerly masked punk rock idols, they were doing legitimately great work and also preparing to say goodbye to the last two of their original members, which … well, they made my list of saddest departures, but nobody else’s apparently. Since then, it’s been the two newbies added last year setting out as their own version of the dynamic duo that Ai and Mone had kept up for a while, keeping the coals burning for another big move.
Hence today, what better way to signal your next steps than in video form? It’s not a new thing, but from their months-old second album My Life, My Way, but obviously a slightly different version for reasons that will become clear in a few seconds:
Hey, who’s that!
I’m sorry, since when does easycore go all-in on a breakdown? That was something else. Hell, with those percussion and keyboard moves, I thought maybe I’d run into a PassCode rendition for a second. I really like this song you guys! Dare I say that this might be the best song that they’ve ever put out? I didn’t pick up My Life, My Way because I bought very little idol music this year, period, but I can say with confidence that I’m having a tough time finding anything from prior releases that would compete with it.
Whew. Anyway, yes, there’s now a third member to round out the group, bringing them back to a trio that has no members in common with any of the previous trio lineups:
I think Chris spoke for all of us (who were previously enormous marks of that bizarre Osaka-based cosplay cafe group that couldn’t ever decide on a sound and definitely couldn’t ever decide on a membership for more than a month at a time) when he tweeted this yesterday:
2018 has been a banner year for idol debuts, at least in the chika scene and among those whose sound could best be described as “rock-inspired.” At one point near the end of the spring debut season, it was like new units doing cool things were falling out of the trees. I could not have approved more. The only problem, especially now as the year draws to a close and especially as the Homicidols Best Of 2018 timeline shuts the door literally tomorrow, is that I’m terrified of missing out of somebody who warrants real-deal attention.
Take for example SKIRMISH, who are the entire point of this post! They debuted less than a month ago and are already responsible for one of my favorite tracks of the last couple of months: Continue reading →
No! I’m a living and breathing “Life comes at your fast” meme now. Though I’ll give myself a little bit of credit: I was vaguely aware that something Re:LAYz-related was afoot! Man, I miss being able to blithely cruise through Twitter like in the good ol’ days.
Anyway! Let’s get down to business, which is now officially a week late and so doesn’t qualify as “news” except in the most oblique of John Oliver-esque senses, which is to say not at all! Except that, like, records indicate that this unit has never been Homicidoled before! Continue reading →
Well okay fine, sure it feels like this was posted a couple of hours after the last thing of theirs that I posted about them posting, but it’s Melon Batake a go go, is anybody really going to complain about fun-ass monster movie beach party Frankie & Annette vs. the Wolfman tunes? No? That’s what I thought.
You’re welcome to find me an idol act that’s more consistently fun and creative than Melon. You are! You’re also welcome to be a big dumb failure, which is what you’ll be for looking!
To give heft to this post, here’s rare visual proof that even idols from outer space need to rehearse their choreography:
Now that they’ve officially debuted, one could forgive Marionet for going into the usual routine of doing lots of gigs and even performing new songs but not really putting things out into the digital world for broader distribution, seeing as how the crux of idol always falls to the live experience. But no! There’s yet another new song, and it is good and it makes me feel like, of all the good new things moving around in idol these days, this one might have some staying power.
Just a nice, mature song. And, as I mentioned, they debuted the other day; here’s a live clip, even:
I hate to be that guy who wags his finger and admonishes people for having independent tastes, for pursuing self-fulfilling interests and activities. I mean, I’m a random American anti-weeb who makes a big ol’ idol website doodad happen. Who am I to judge?
That being said, I’m ashamed of all of you for the insufficiently ecstatic response to the emergence of Marionet, who I remind you haven’t even debuted yet and are already pulling on my heartstrings because, like, they’re putting out music to preview and it’s good!
If the first one was enough to whet your appetite, maybe “Galaxy Dance Dance!” here can slake your thirst in addition:
The cynic in me wants to propose that we have Marionet trade this, at least in part, with BILLIE IDLE, or to find out who crept undetected into Melon Batake a go go’s headquarters to steal this song. What a nice time! Another great example of how old-timey rock n’ roll and idol can go together like lamb and tuna fish peanut butter and jelly. I can only imagine what this looks like on stage, with some semblance of choreography and my girl Fumimi belting out her lines like a boss.
Honestly, it’s a roll of the dice at this point to see who’s the best debut of 2018. The field is incredibly stacked.
So on top of it already being busy season in idol, there have been some fairly major happenings afoot, and I am not yet just behind on all of the stuff, I am now behind on stuff that’s happened in the last couple of days. Some it’s going to have to wait! What won’t? BILLIE IDLE, for they are queens and deserving of all of our rapt attention and respect and … oh, people didn’t like this? What?