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September 21, 2005

Group Sounds

Japan Times reports on a Beatles inspired, '60s revival in Japanese pop music.

Hundreds of bands sprang up between 1966 and 1969, and this mushrooming movement became known as Group Sounds, with some of the most famous combos being The Spiders, The Mops and The Golden Cups.

Why Group Sounds? Legend has it that when singer/actor/TV presenter Yuzo Kayama invited Jackey Yoshikawa & The Blue Comets on to his show, Kayama ribbed Yoshikawa about his pronunciation of "rokku ando rorru." Kayama then challenged Yoshikawa to come up with a term that could easily rorru off the Japanese tongue. Yoshikawa replied: "Let's call it Group Sounds." And the name stuck.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 21, 2005 08:43 AM

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