50 YMM Videos Day 9: Genres

Are you HAMIDASUMO?

Everybody HAMIDASUMO!

That’s right, it’s time for one of the songs that became a You’ll Melt More classic. Hamidasumo’s video is exactly what you’d want in an explosive new wave MV: it’s got British people, slapstick dynamic visuals and the music itself feels like having sugar drilled directly into your skull.

The songs lyrics and composition are the brainchild of Hiroyuki Hayashi from eclectic new wave band POLYSICS. If you were a teenager or somewhat lucid in the 2000’s, you’ll remember they had a huge overseas blow-up in the days of MySpace with “Electric Surfin’ Go Go”

The hyperactivity and fun bloops and bleeps drew a lot of comparison to Devo from… well, Devo fans and the kids in America loved it because it’s something brand new to them. And if you’re a fan of Japanese style new wave you’re probably already a fan of them and acts like P-Model, Halmens and Hikashu.

How did this collaboration come together? You’ll Melt More’s producer is a fan and asked Hayashi. It’s that simple. Hayashi was apprehensive at first but as you can see, eventually he put pen to paper to Moog and started the first of several collaborations between the units.

For a lot of people, the music aspect of liking idols can be kind of disregarded, which might seem strange if you’re reading a blog that started because of the music being alternative. You could disregard mainstream idol music as just “cheap pop” in the same way that people disregard solo pop singers and you could disregard alternative style idol music as just a cheap imitation of “real” alternative music. You’d be a shithead, but there are people that think like that.
A collaboration between two artists like this isn’t a validation of You’ll Melt More being “new wave artists”, but a celebration of the genre! It’s the culmination of decades of culture and counterculture, an iconoclast that uses the past and shapes the future! There’s no Devo without Kraftwerk, no Urbangarde without Halmens and in the future there’ll be an artist who says “I was inspired by You’ll Melt More!”

So hey, celebrate one of the most dynamic and ever changing genres by rewatching the Hamidasumo video! Pour yourself a nice drink, make sure it’s not actually soy sauce and let the barrage of bleeps and bloops take you somewhere fun. Then watch the other 49 Yurumerumo videos. It’s still lockdown, what else are you going to be doing?

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An Audition for the Time of Corona – An Idol for the New Age

We live in an age of uncertainty and fear – an age where we’re all indoors. So, what better way to spice things up than that good old WACK brand of uncertainty? That’s right, once again we regret to inform you that one company are at it again!

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50 YMM MVs Day 3: Depression

Give it up for day 3 of our You’ll Melt More barrage! Let’s get right into it:

The video to “Tora yo” (or “A Tiger” if you’re using Spotify and have to deal with the forcibly translated names) is honestly incredibly simple: the girls pretend to play guitar against a matte background.

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Hamidasystem: Nice to Me You, She You Next Time!

After their first and last oneman live, their last ever performance with every song and a small cafe talk event, Hamidasystem finally closed in on itself for the second and final time.

The reason for the group disbanding might seem unclear because the official statement consisted of mostly “Hamidasystem will cease activities at the end of March and the manager will leave the company office”, but to those who’ve followed the group since 2016 the reason is crystal clear.

When an idol group dissolves and reforms with an entirely new set of members most of the fans don’t stay. Sure, you might get a few people who stick around because they like the music but when the girls leave so do the fans. Fans of OG Hamidasystem are now fans of Crossnoesis, the group comprised of the old members.
So, what do you do when you can’t fill those gigantic shoes? For an indie group, the shadow is cast not only on their popularity but their pockets too. If you can’t break even then what’s the point? Even with the old songs, the new songs, the promotion, and the ex-MIGMA SHELTER member, the numbers just weren’t adding up.

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Even When It Rains, It’s a PARADE

Well, this year’s WACK AUDiTiON CAMP certainly was eventful! Auditionee Waki Waki Wakki got added to WAgg and WAgg member Kira May who’s been apart of the group for 3 months got added to GANG PARADE.

…for all of 3 minutes. GANG PARADE will be splitting into two smaller groups. Just as BiS2 made the decision last year to break up, GANG PARADE will be doing the same thing. But in a completely different manner that’s effectively not the same as breaking up. Totally 100% similar.

This is the culmination of an internal decision between members and staff. In Kamiya Saki’s previous graduation announcement, she revealed that she felt like she was holding GANG PARADE back and while Watanabe, the fans and the members probably don’t agree, it set something new into motion. If you can’t achieve your goals after reaching a certain point, it’s okay to try again from the start isn’t it? So, we’re here now, with two new groups born from GANG PARADE splitting into two.

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For Him? For Her? It’s POUR LUI

Is this the longest downtime between albums in idol history? Seriously, we’ve been waiting for 10 years!

Today the sequel to Pour Lui’s original solo album “Minna no Pour Lui” aptly titled “Minna no Pour Lui II” drops and oh boy was it worth the decade long wait.

As you can see we have a full double album here! Eight brand new songs and a second disc of re-recordings from the original Minna no Pour Lui.

The initial sound is what you’d expect from a WACK and SCRAMBLES production – it’s solid alt-rock that makes you want to slam your head back and forth, with opening track “I’m in love” featuring some guitarwork that wouldn’t go out of place on an Iron Maiden album. Pour Lui would kill Run to the Hills but could Bruce Dickinson do THIS? No, because he can’t speak Japanese.

 

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A WACK Way to Deal With Cancelled Shows

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, both regular and idol, you’ll probably know that Abe Shinzo issued a countrywide order temporarily banning all large scale public entertainment events because of Novel Coronavirus fears. ZOC cancelled their entire FINAL INNOCENT ZOC tour, Aya Eightprince cancelled a smaller public appearance and Pour Lui cancelled the shooting for her upcoming idol group’s music video to name a few. Things have been cancelled harder than a celebrity who’s angered a kpop fanbase.

Currently, WACK are meant to be embarking on their nationwide WACK FUCKiN’ PARTY tour but alas even Watanabe Junnosuke who has objectively more clout than the prime minister can’t get around a ban on public events.

Just kidding, yes he FUCKiN can!

This Saturday at 6pm JST, the show will go on! NO AUDiENCE LiVE is exactly what it sounds like – nobody is going to be there. You can’t cancel a public event that isn’t a public event. The entire thing is going to be broadcast on Niconico so everyone will be able to be there in spirit. A premium subscription is only around $5USD too, so hey, if you’re spending your time indoors as a health precaution why not spend it with the idol fanbase’s favourite women’s prison colony?

It’s been a rough week for a lot of people on Earth because of the you-know-what, but in a dire time things like entertainment are what make it manageable! So, cast aside your worry, wash your damn hands regularly and enjoy your time at home.

And if you’re in need of a little something extra, BiSH and EMPiRE made a few previously limited broadcasts available on their YouTube channels as a sorry for cancelled shows too.

Remember, while this is a lot of fun content for us overseas, fundamentally it’s a sorry to people living in a country that’s tightening it’s grip attempting to deal with a pandemic, so remember to be respectful! Or if you’re living in a country that’s going through the same thing do what you want, we’re not the reaction police over here.

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Watanalien Vs Predator-chan

Our apologies to AKB fans, women and anybody with any kind of common sense – that man Kuro-chan is unfortunately relevant again.

Remember the hot new unit from WACK who became so popular overnight they gained upwards of 1.5 million views a day? They debuted on a segment on the most popular prime time TV show in the entire country? They had an extremely successful “vote with your wallet” sales campaign? Those MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN girls! They’re back with not one but TWO new songs and of course, a campaign to go with it:

 

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It’s a New CARRY LOOSE Video

After a failed crowd-sourcing effort to think of a headline that wasn’t terrible, the team here at Homicidols have decided to lay it on you bare bones style, much like CARRY LOOSE do in their new video where they burn to death and become floating skulls.

That’s right! The self described “cool and emo” idols from WACK are back with the video for their first single, dropping on the 11th of February. Just in time for Valentines Day! If your lover doesn’t appreciate the vocal prowess of YUiNA EMPiRE, break up with them and spend your gift money on cheki instead.

In an effort to stop Yumeka Naukana from talking about aliens again, this song is all about the denizens of our very own planet Earth. The verses are mellow while the more upbeat chorus features a proud proclamation of the amazingness of humankind. This isn’t your typical WACK ballad, these girls are here to lift your spirits without a hint of melancholy~

If you’re itching to see how the song sounds live but have the displeasure of not being in Japan anytime soon, the annual ONAGAWACK performance is set to be livestreamed on Nicovid next Saturday. If that’s not enough to get your interest, MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN will also be performing their one song then immediately leaving again. We stan.

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Zsasz Dropped a Little Zszomething

Holy zszhit! After starting out strong with their dark take on Neverland with Peter Peter, months of teasers on Twitter and a quick YouTube drop of Shokuji/EAT, Zsasz’s digital debut is finally here!

For those not in the know, Zsasz are produced by the legendary and incredibly handsome gothic Vocaloid producer UTSU-P! Eagle eared listeners might have even heard several of their songs before, for instance the lead track on the album originally had vocals from digital diva Kagamine Rin. We at Homicidols tried to reach out to Miss Kagamine to learn how she feels about the cover of her song, but on account of her not being a real person she just didn’t want to give any comments! Celebrities can be so difficult. Continue reading

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