Welcome to the second installment in our countdown of the top 50 alt, indie and underground idol MVs of all time as chosen by our readers. The ten music videos featured this week mark the first appearance of some of the genre’s heaviest hitters and features three winners of Homicidols Best MV of the Year honors (and a couple of runner ups).
If you missed the first ten or just want a recap, here’s a convenient link: The Greatest Alt-Idol MVs of All Time #41 – 50. Or you can skip the review and jump right into where we left off in our countdown complete with commentary from our nominating readers and Team.
Hey there, Cal here. I’m Homicidols’ pin-up mascot, treasurer and I also lie for fun sometimes. I don’t normally write in first person so forgive me if I seem like a fish out of water. If you read the first entry in our personal top 10’s series, you’ll see Dae mention that I had this idea thinking it’ll be fun and it ended up being a little gruelling. He was 100% correct, I like too many songs to pick just 10! It’s like drawing blood from a stone, a really sexy stone with immaculate music taste.
When it comes to things like this, I prefer to separate things into different categories such as “music that has a personal meaning for me” or “music to touch the stove to” or “music that makes me want to run screaming into traffic.” I listen to a lot of idol songs, like a lotttttt, so in the end, I just ended up picking the best of the best from various criterias. So this list kind of ended up being a mix of the sentimental to the slappers. Please enjoy it.
Everybody loves a story, even with an idol group. Anyone can sing a song about a journey ending or a long battle, but when the group has been doing so much more than releasing songs and performing lives, those lyrics feel so much more lifelike. And this new RILISREVERSE mini-album? Absolutely bursting with life.
Welcome to week two of our latest project where we blatantly rip off Rolling Stone’s Greatest of All Time lists. These imperfect and perpetually recurring features from the Gray Lady of rock journalism have a special place in my heart. As a young teen who only knew David Bowie from “Let’s Dance” and Labyrinth, my first browse through Rolling Stone’s inaugural best rock album list introduced me to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The encounter was genuinely life changing.
Hopefully, through this exercise of recognizing some of the most influential underground, indie and alternative idol albums of the last decade, you will not only encounter many of your personal favorites, but make some new discoveries as well.
Fresh with a new member in tow, RILISREVERSE are back with their new digital single SAISEI and we have a lot to say indeed.
In a move that was definitely intended to make fun headlines, RILISREVERSE have released their new digital single Reversal!
The HAMIDASYSTEM successor group’s theme song about being the naughtiest girl on earth is delivering a little more than what you’d expect, so needless to say we absolutely love it.
The child group of Hamidasystem and sister group to Popoloconnect will finally be delivering their brand new songs from their lips to your ears! Their debut digital EP: JUVENILE arrives on the 24th. Get excited!
Hamidasystem crash, Hamidasystem reboot, Hamidasystem restart! Now that we have the pun quota sorted, Shiika and Mikoto are back with a few new friends!
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.
But honestly? Who cares. Continue reading