Happy Tuesday, everybody! I like you so much that I think you all deserve some punches to the gut.
— おひげのおひたし (@kanap0nn) May 14, 2017
What happens when you combine the blandest possible pop culture, celebrity worship, the Internet hive mind, conspiracy theory and post-Warhol meta art with clear influences from and references to idol?
“Maniac,” you say, “that’s just a standard American pop song. What’s the big deal?”
Kerrie was having trouble logging in, gang, so she asked me to post on her behalf. It’s Kerrie, if you couldn’t tell. Go buy something from her.
Well, last week’s Friday blew up in ways I didn’t expect. Lots of people took part, and it somehow even made its way to Guso Drop themselves! Boss!Rei got some amusement from browsing the tag, the smile goddess herself Yurapiko has been hashtagging her selfies as #YuraSmile. Good job everyone! You got us noticed!
I was a little bit unsure how to follow up a Funday as successful as #YuraSmile, but then one of our regulars, @SalemBlack4Ever was kind enough to suggest something.
— Salem (@SalemBlack4Ever) May 9, 2017
Well, I couldn’t resist. The annual Europe (and Australia)-wide karaoke battle where the results are in no way determined by politics whatsoever brings joy to many people’s lives. You do get some legitimately good songs in there, but everyone also remembers the camp and silly side too. It sounds like the perfect event for idols to show up at!
So, this week, we want you to come up with scenarios that would happen if idols entered Eurovision! Continue reading
A lot has changed in idol over the years; from basically being Japanese entertainment’s version of flyover country to some of the biggest stars in the world, and up and down and back and forth, idol itself has waxed and waned in its popularity. And then you get into the culture change and shifts in musical variety of the last several years — you know, that whole raison d’être of this stupid website — and various individuals becoming pop culture touchpoints, and you kind of wonder maybe exactly how it all fits together.
That is, relative to the rest, exactly how popular are our idols?
It’s Easter Sunday for the Christian world, and much of the world that connects to the Christian world, and even for lots of people who aren’t Christian at all but like to have an excuse to have candy, and while we could celebrate the happy re-birthday of Jesus of Nazareth with a little Living Dead I Dolls, I’ll aim instead for the more pagan/secular side of the celebration.
First up! MOAR RABBITS LAB, which has been out for a few days but I was sitting on because, come on, Easter:
I have no idea what the aims of this project are, but the girl can sing, so nbd. Continue reading
You know how idols will sometimes say in interviews that their whole motivation to get into the work was because they saw idols on stage and they were “sparkling” and I kind of lazily always call back to that by calling idol “sparkly” because let’s be frank it is?
This is kind of what they mean:
I’m like 78 percent certain that I didn’t remember that Corenament noisemakers Devil ANTHEM was releasing an album, FEVER, but I’m very glad for a less noisy morning on Twitter and a few extra minutes to follow up: While there’s plenty of sparkly idol cheer in here, it’s also clear that Devil ANTHEM isn’t going to be twee and precocious forever, and this is a good first step.
Some pretty expected moves (that chorus, you know?) aside, “FEVER” might be the most interesting that Devil ANTHEM’s ever been musically, and that makes me happy. The group’s two years old now, the girls aren’t just little kawaii factories anymore, so it’s a good idea to complement an updated look with a fun, adult sort of beat for your lead track. Show the world who you are now.
If you aren’t already acquainted, check out this live set from over the weekend.
That’s right; the hard side of idol can be pretty inclusive! Especially on days when there isn’t all that much available to talk about! Support the random support for the likes of Devil ANTHEM by becoming a Homicidols.com patron!
It’s a little difficult to sum up this neat Japan Times article on the underground’s influence on modern J-pop and J-rock, but: Look no further than Perfume, basically.
Decent read touching on indie scene collaborating with idol. https://t.co/Le8vkrEZlq
— Daemon ☠ つれづれ 5-17 (@DaeMetal) March 26, 2017
It’s a little different than how we usually think about the genesis of a lot of our music, whereupon it’s indie idols adopting moves from contemporary rock etc. We also usually think of it as a primarily underground phenomenon, but, as the article points out, there are big-ass names (including our own Babymetal) who managed to make the leap to the big-time by adopting sounds and innovations from the small-time. Continue reading
Previously on Friday Funday: Last week was #Deathless4Necroma, which was a lot of fun and we even got noticed and promoted by Ricky himself! Thanks dude! And thanks to everyone who took part.
The week before that, you came up with some wonderful #UpcomingAltIdolEvents that will never be added to the Homicidol calendar but we all got a few laughs out of it, and that’s all that matters, right?
[Maniac: Twitter’s doing that thing where it eats feeds again; just go here to look at the fun stuff]
I really, really want that Koutei Camera Gull album.
This week’s hashtag is similar, but more specific. The context is the Up Up Girls VR app; laughing at Saki’s drunk face was plenty enough entertainment for me, but VR is what all the cool kids are into these days it seems, so I’m sure kissing members of UUG isn’t going to be the last foray into this space-age technology that I remember from the 90s that we’re going to see from idols. So let’s predict the next ones! Continue reading
My favorite teaser of the week was this one from You’ll Melt More’s Loneliness and Counterattack EP. Nobody does it better.
Please be from the “loneliness” part of the title …