Yesterday, Screaming Sixties, half still thriving in the afterglow of having visited the UK as part of the glorious round of international idol work in 2018 (and meeting Kerrie!), made it official: There’s a full album on the way, there will be 18 songs on it, and it’s coming in March:
Okay, so there’s a lot there that we’ve heard before. This is Zekkyou that we’re talking about, though — the Hardest Working Idols in Showbusiness, Queens of Collaboration, winners of musical reality shows. Just the fact that they’re finally putting out a full-length that’s all theirs, that is sans collaborations, feels like a triumph.
What a wild ride. I only just recovered from Maison Book Girl last month, and now I’m back from hanging out with three other idol acts with barely any time to relax in between each one. I feel like I’ve ascended to a new plane of existence. A huge thank you to everybody who made this happen, from the Orion and show staff to Maniac and you guys, the readers (a couple of whom I even met on Monday! Sorry if I seemed awkward!) you’re the best.
Before Maniac changed plans to honor the new Oshi, this interview with Screaming Sixties’s very own Kai was the first of the week. Sadly, her partner in crime, Montero, couldn’t make it to the UK due to some last-minute visa issues, so Kai came completely alone this time around. But at the show, she promised to come back and bring Montero with her! Be warned, England.
Despite being nervous at going it alone, nobody would have been able to tell from Kai’s dominant energy and confidence once she was on stage. It was as if Montero was still performing for us, we just couldn’t see her. Like her spirit had possessed Kai to create one super-powerful being to make up for her absence. What I’m trying to say, is that Kai rocked it, and did an amazing job despite the unexpected setbacks.
Gah, I have been waiting >forever for this, and it’s my own fault; I’ve had placeholders about item #2 in this post just sitting in the queue for … well, a while. Nonetheless! It’s time for some motherhubbard Zekkyou rocking your dang face off:
Urge to two-step rising …
Welcome back to the world of staged, pro-shot MVs, Zekkyou, and prepare for the warm embrace that this is going to bring you even before you set foot in the UK. Continue reading →
I alluded to this one yesterday, team, and I’m still buzzing a little bit from getting a chance to have a real-deal conversation with the man behind Guso Drop, 2&, Hoshina Fumimi, Himegoto Zettaichi, ancillarily Screaming Sixties, formerly Poroporo Baroque, and so on. Folks have been dying to know the score ever since it was announced a few weeks ago that Guso Drop was going to disband, and, while Daichi has been pouring his heart out on Twitter, there have been oh so many questions.
Krv is the real hero here — because he’s friends with Daichi in addition to being a fan, he offered to hook up an interview, and then provided real-time translation over LINE, and at an ungodly hour for his timezone to boot. I have the patrons to thank, too, for providing a really good starting place in terms of questions and topics. I ultimately cut this about in half by combining thoughts and letting Daichi do some of the driving, but I hope that we were able to get to the gist of what you were curious about.
I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to offend anybody.
So! Have you ever wanted to get into the head of an idol manager? What about an idol manager who’s in the midst of ending his flagship project? Or an idol manager who’s always looked at himself as a musician first? Or even just a guy who’d say:
If he throws a dinner party with human flesh on the menu, I’d probably go along!
I really, truly, genuinely always regret that I’m never able to do enough for Screaming Sixties ’round these parts. They work so hard and so much, like literally professionally idoling (or maybe they have weird day jobs, I don’t know), and they have a great thing going for them, but they release so little and almost never put out more than tiny little snips of video.
Here’s a nice big chunk from their show with I love you Orchestra the other day!
When we last checked in on Screaming Sixties, Zekkyou had just won a big ol’ idoling contest by being that much cooler than the competition. But when we last checked in on them before that, they were gearing up for a joint album and tour doodad with I love you Orchestra (as opposed to their traditional support band, 6% Is Mine).
That was a while ago, but now, finally, we get this cruel tease:
In a spirited affair, reminiscent of Homicidol’s own Corenament, minus the spambots and cheating, Zekkyou took on the bathykolpian divas of KNU, who took victory in A block with the theme of performing in their own clothes, and the relatively tame Mirai Skirt of B block, with the theme of using dialects. The theme this time around was covering the debut songs of other artists.
KNU chose to cover “Odoru Ponpokorin” by B.B.Queens, Zekkyou covered Puffy’s “Asia no Junshin” and Mirai Skirt covered the amazing “Chokotto Love” by Pucchimoni. The voting was much as the previous rounds, with each group providing 30 fans, and the groups ranked from first to last to avoid just everyone voting for themselves.
Maniac: I skipped it ahead a little, but by all means go back to the beginning for the beer commercials and stuff
Remember when Kerrie and I were busily pretending that it was time for a new era on Homicidols.com, and boy oh boy do I bet people are still sore about that? Anyway, among the various messages we received over those two weird days came one from a long-time helpful source, Pukovnik Krv, who offered to help out a bit with the A-minor family of idols. And when he shared one of the videos featured below, I thought, let’s offer the man a chance to share the kind of depth of knowledge that comes from being a truly dedicated fan. Take it away!
So, not a lot has been written about Japan’s resident punk rock/vocaloid idol duo representatives of late. As such, I figured it was time to change that and write something. Because, you know, I get bored sometimes.
Zekkyousuru 60do (Screaming Sixties, after the ridiculously stormy southern latitudes of the Atlantic Ocean, not the decade) are well-known in these parts, but have of late fallen off a lot of foreign fans’ radar. This is because of their notoriously wide-ranging tour schedule, which rather than staying in their base of Nagoya or performing mostly in Tokyo strays everywhere and anywhere, including at one point the tip of a peninsula in Akita on a beach to which 8 people turned up. As such they’re kind of like the roving arm of A-minor.
However, of late they have a few things on the burner which make me think that, despite Hamada (their producer) having a nice little moan on Twitter lately about only 19 people turning up to one of their “home” lives in Nagoya and having the worst buppan sales of the year so far, they’re about to hit the big time. Continue reading →
Screaming Sixties are just about the hardest-working idols in the business; when they aren’t performing, they’re traveling to perform, and/or creating various ridiculous scenarios. I don’t understand half of what’s going on, but they seem to be enjoying themselves, as do the fans who line up to take part in … I’m not sure. It’s like a funhouse of being turned into a prop or hit with things.
Anyway, Zekkyou’s been posting some of the greatest hits from their episodes with wota, kind of like how they did last year, and sharing the results on Twitter. I’m actually leaving out some activity (you can cruise through their whole stream for much of the fun); I just wanted to include some highlights.
Collaborations are one of the things that make idols fun — whether it’s your favorites mixing it up with other idols or taking the stage with a band, you know that you’re getting something both familiar and unique at the same time.