The waning days of 2019 and opening week of 2020 have been a special time. Some of the greatest legacy acts and personalities of our time hang ’em up at last — the literal goddess of earth and sky herself even revealing that she’s been secretly married all this time — and with that saw the retirement from idol and return to solo work by the grand dame herself, Pour Lui, twice founder of BiS, mature member of BILLIE IDLE, from whose fecund mind sprang the cultural movement that created not just modern chika idol but about 95% of what we like to cover here. That Lui was going back to her roots as a solo musician (though still connected to the Watanabe/Matsukuma machine) felt like a nice coda, something natural. She was done with idol, and idol — graciously — was done with her.
Or so we thought!
New group with a familiar-sounding name. New auditions. New music. “It’s complicated” with WACK. Somebody stage an intervention for this woman! Continue reading
Happy new year! Japan have already rang in the new decade and with it, a menagerie of new music.
Rock and alternative style idols are no stranger to unexpected collaborations, from BiS and Hijokaidan to You’ll Melt More and… also Hijokaidan. But in this subculture, mainstream breakthroughs are the real sucker punch to longtime fans of girls dancing to alt rock with a crowd of about 30 people.
So, fresh off their major label debut, GANG PARADE have dropped an announcement that their second digital single will be a joint composition between Scrambles’ very own Matsukuma Kenta with a very special guest…
Mastermind behind Momoiro Clover Z: Hyadain! Continue reading
We here at Homicidols Dot Com are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting excellent Twitter handles by welcoming another new voice to the Team; say hello to Cal!
Today’s been an interesting day for idol survival shows hasn’t it? The mainstream Produce series has been given the axe and the “also mainstream but the music has guitars” show MONSTER IDOL finally ended, birthing a new breed of WACK girls.
Please welcome to the world’s stage: MAMESHiBA NO TAiGUN!
It just me, or does anytime a WACK group that’s not part of the BiS/H duo deliver something new, they get barely any time in the LiMElight before they’re overshadowed? I only covered EMPiRE two days ago and already we have a music video for DEAD or a LiME, the first “real” single by BiS’ third generation.
If you’re wondering why “LiME”, the MV answers nothing. It sure is juicy though!
Did anyone else forget that EMPiRE have an album out next month? What is probably WACK’s most polished unit have been so busy lately that it can be hard to keep track of them. They only just released a single two weeks ago and they’re already promoting “The GREAT JOURNEY ALBUM” through limo rides (yes, really) and a premature music video for album opener “Have it my way”.
If you’ve been following the ongoing idol soap opera that is WACK this past year, you’re probably aware of CARRY LOOSE (formerly known as “Curry Rouxz” and “Oh god yet another group to add to YUiNA’s ongoing chain”). The group formed shortly after the disbandment of second-generation BiS, with its former members Pan Luna Leafy, YUiNA EMPiRE, and a kid from WACK’s “WAgg” trainee group, Uruu Ru. At the start of the month, ex-Idol Renaissance Yumeka also joined the party, and a self-titled debut album was scheduled for next month, of which its first track, Yasashii Sekai, dropped for free on dropbox and soundcloud today! Is this going to be another BiS-esque weekly thing? Who knows, but for now, just listen to it.
I don’t really know what it says about WACK management’s faith in WACK is BEAUTiFUL when immediately after posting that music video they blanket it with the first MV by the all-new BiS. Perhaps… WACK really is SHiT?
Hey! Who the hell overcompressed the avi!? WATANABE! -shakes fist-
As with previous weeks, this song is also up for free download, so grab that while you can!
We’ll get to the BiS MV in a bit…but first:
Yep, I basically assumed (and perhaps secretly hoped) that when the inevitable next installment came out, it would be “WACK is C-Word”.
But what a twist!
Sitting down to a first listen of the fifth BiSH album, CARROTS and STiCKS, the big question is: Which BiSH will predominate? The brazen punks who got kicked out of Tokyo Idol Festival? The potential game changers who released a two-minute thrash punk single as their major label debut? Or the commercial idols who promote cell phones and sing anime theme songs?
We know the punk is still in BiSH as demonstrated every time they let Ling Ling center and she does the emotional equivalent of kicking your teeth down your throat. At the same time, it’s hard to give punk cred to a group that’s signing exclusive deals with Apple to restrict the digital distribution of their own music. I certainly won’t begrudge a person for making a living off their art, especially in the crap ass world of Japanese entertainment where the vast majority of power and profits are concentrated in the hands a few management moguls who are far less benevolent than BiSH’s boss-who-we-love-to-hate, Junnoske Watanabe. And it’s not like those of us who have climbed aboard the BiSH train can cry about genre, aesthetic or ideological purity anyway. Watanabe has never hidden the fact that he is punk in the same way that Malcolm McLaren was punk: thumbing the nose of a conservative society is good fun and all, but only if you can make a buck (pound or yen) doing it.
Welp, so BiS just disbanded for a second time.
The initial announcement of their disbandment back in March wasn’t really given much coverage on Homicidols, since it also happened to collide with a gazillion other things both in idol and our personal lives, but I think the general reaction of the announcement was certainly one of anger, confusion, and betrayal. It came straight off the heels of the annual shitstorm that is the WACK audition, in which multiple members (and Trivago, back for more) were fired on the spot for what was ultimately a frustrating sideshow. The remaining members had finally had enough and called it quits, with Watanabe immediately holding casting calls for a third incarnation of BiS mere minutes after the previous audition had even ended. Looking back, it was probably a good thing that none of us were able to write about WACK EXHiBiTiON in the end as the resulting article would probably have just been a mess of all-caps angrish and thinly-veiled threats of revenge towards Watanabe. Continue reading