DEAR IDOLS, STOP RELEASING COOL THINGS WHEN I’M TRYING TO NOT DO IDOL STUFF FOR A MINUTE. LOVE, MANIAC.
Jeez louise, you guys, can somebody please send a memo to Japan that this isn’t the time to be releasing or teasing or even suggesting the possibility of existence of new stuff? Give it a week! But no, I jest — foolish indeed is the idol fan who bemoans receiving the goods at any time, and Melon’s been on a roll as they prep for their first major (I know!) album release, Ikasuze Idol 1,2,3!!, next month.
The last coupleof entries were right in the usual Melon Batake a go go theme of “throwback rock and -abilly even and stuff that goes right into our anachronistic theme of space alien superhero girls and monster movies and stuff,” but this one, you must hear to believe, throws that concept right at a wall of latter-era rock sound and forces you to hold on, and it’s great! Continue reading →
Everyone’s favorite psychobilly melon idolsfrom outer space have returned with another MV! This time it’s “SICK IDOLS” which is the lead-off track to their album IKASUZE IDOL, which technically is already floating around in a live-show only CD form, but next month will see major-label distribution (with more tracks and and a “1.2.3!!” added onto the title.) via Columbia Japan Records. Go get yer popcorn and dig in…
It’s a terrific song! But y’know what’s great about this video? It’s a perfect example of what you can do without spending a ton of money and relying on a lot of heart to make fun things. Just like the b-movies that the Melon girls wink at, there’s a spirit here that big bucks and CGI just can’t match. Continue reading →
Game gotta respect game, and who else in idol, period, maybe ever, brings quite the same level of total creative vision as Soze and Melon Batake a go go? The answer is pretty much nobody! It is right and good to worry about the state of that vision anytime anybody from the depths of chikadom gets picked up by a major label, because of course said label is going to want to direct the show to an extent, but if anybody can brute-force their way through some meddling producer’s insistence on being right, it’s these girls.
And think of the benefits! Like, it’s possible that Melon will, after demonstrating a strong business case and projecting a viable ROI through omnichannel (zzzzzzzzzzzzz) DOING A REALLY GOOD JOB AND MAKING MONEY, get some extra lucre to do neat things with. I am, of course, in this case electing to be an optimist.
But hey! There’s been new Melon stuff lately, in preparation for that move out of the indies, and there’s more of it now! 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:
This beauty popped up on Soundcloud like it was preordained. If you aren’t ready to smash Friday and go into your weekend like a BAMF, possibly while stroking the six-shooter in your hip holster while striding down a dusty Main Street in search of outlaws to bring to justice, I very literally cannot help you:
Never bring an idol to a gunfight, they said, but who the hell are they, and why wouldn’t I? You clearly need them and their music to set the scene!
Melon’s got a big line of shows next week. Gotta promote that final indie release!
It’s going to be so weird to have this in-every-sense-of-the-word-outstanding unit publishing on a major label. As long as it doesn’t mess with what Soze’s able to do with that incredible brain of hers, I’ll take it with cautious optimism.
You know that feeling when you just really, really want to do something, but can’t? And the constraints aren’t like “I’m chained to a wall in Evil Wizard G’gothorol’s volcanic conjuration tower because I’ll be sacrificed as part of the ritual to raise fire demons to destroy humanity,” but more “I’m stuck at work and then have a thing and there are deadlines galore,” because not only was G’gothorol defeated at the end of last season (and his soul trapped in a crystal mirror that was subsequently — and very deliberately — shattered), but that’s a completely implausible scenario and relatable to, like, three or four people reading this, tops. That was me yesterday. “Oh look, new Melon Batake a go go — hey Team Homicidols, what’s good!” and everybody was like “oh, I, urm” and I stared at Twitter for a couple of minutes, wondering whether I should give the new MV a turn, whether I should then take meaningful time away from the that-needs-to-publish-by-butt-o’clock project, whether my loyalties to self or idol run deeper … and I punted.
Fortunately, time passes, and Melon doesn’t stop being great as all heck in 16 hours’ time, so here you go!
Psychobilly idols Melon Batake a go go don’t generally strike me as rule followers, but in the case of their new EP, they abide by an age-old rock n’ roll rule: Keep it short and sweet and make them beg for more. It’s a formula that’s brought us legends from Hasil Adkins to the Ramones to Guitar Wolf to a hundred other rock stars who put a pep in our step and tickled our hormones. You simply can’t beat a great garage stomper, and now, Melon Batake a go go have come to put the idol spin on the barn dance. Continue reading →
INT. A HYPOTHETICAL COMMUTER TRAIN IN WASHINGTON DC — EVENING
Stranger: I say old chap, what is that you’re watching?
Maniac: Oh, it’s just a music video from this J-pop thing that I like.
Stranger: By Jove, it looks like a horror movie!
Maniac: Yeah, and it’s this whole campy schlock thing, too. The song sounds like it would’ve cleaned up in 1965 as an unironic Halloween party theme song.
Stranger: /splutters in disbelief
Maniac: Look, the girls in the group, their whole thing is that they’re from outer space, and they’re also superheroes.
Given the raw enthusiasm of the response to them, I think it’s safe to say that Melon Batake a Go Go is certifiably one of the coolest things happening in idol right now. The dapper gentleman in the scene above, should he bear actual witness to Nakamura’s weird-ass art project, would no doubt pop out his monocle right into his soup! in overwrought shock. They’re that damn good. Continue reading →
I wish that I had something interesting to say today about Sozelica’s oddball retro alien-invasion idol+ project, but the fact is that encountering new material from Melon Batake a Go Go is like stumbling into a perpetual motion machine that, rather than run without additional inputs of energy, actually serves to render anachronistic paradoxes into music form. You’re left slack-jawed, not in awe of the thing’s beauty and/or power, but in its encapsulation of multiple high-camp eras at once, kind of like watching Tim Burton’s Ed Wood 20-odd years later.
Also, “IDOL CATS” is a brilliant title that must make Papermaiden very happy, and I’m wondering if it’s a deliberate nod toward Brian Setzer or just a coincidence: