Ghoul (3)

Seminal 80's Japanese punk band, fronted by the one handed, raspy-voiced, fan-punching legend Masami, who passed on young (like many of his contemporaries) in the early 90's, apparently of liver failure brought on by excessive love of the drink.

The original Ghoul broke up in '85, as there's the official VHS entitled "Last Gig" out on ACC video label. The band got back together as "Ghoul II" with a different line-up in the late '86 (or possibly in the early '87), changed the name to "Sqwad" (originally called Masami with Sqwad) sometime during the summer of '88, either right before or after they played the "Complete Death" show at the Toshima Public Hall in Tokyo on July 17th '88, then broke up and got back together again as "Ghoul III" in '89 with just a slightly different line-up than "Ghoul II" and pretty much remained active until Masami puked the blood on the stage and went into a coma afterwards in the early '90s. "Ghoul II" and "Ghoul III" - that's exactly how Masami called themselves when they got reformed twice and those names were often mentioned in the interviews, magazine articles and that's how they were usually listed in the gig flyers as well. As most of the serious fans probably noticed, they're credited as "Sqwad (ex-Ghoul)" on the "Complete Death Live" VHS tape (released on January 1st '89), however, in the flyers for this show they were still listed as "Ghoul II". So, probably they changed the name to "Sqwad" right before this show or after, but sometime before the VHS came out. Later, they played as "Sqwad" during the year of '89, released 7" flexi on Slice Records and broke up before the mid '89 and got back together again later the same year (before the summer). The Ghoul tracks you find on the "Game Of Death" compilation LP (which was released in July '89) are the only recorded material by "Ghoul III", although they're simply credited as "Ghoul" on this release.
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Singles & EPs

none Ghoul (3) - Carry Out Fucking album art Ghoul (3) Carry Out Fucking(7") Noise Room Records none Japan 1984 Sell This Version
NRR-E008 Ghoul (3) - Oi! Oi! album art Ghoul (3) Oi! Oi! Hold Up Records NRR-E008 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
NRR-F007 Ghoul (3) - Jerusalm album art Ghöul* Jerusalm(7") Hold Up Records, Noise Room Records NRR-F007 Japan 1985 Sell This Version


SYAP-3 Ghoul (3) - Tribute To Masami Release Gig 2002, 11/29 ~ 汚れなき豚友達へ!! album art Ghoul (3) / Masami (2) Ghoul (3) / Masami (2) - Tribute To Masami Release Gig 2002, 11/29 ~ 汚れなき豚友達へ!! (Comp) S.Y.A.P. SYAP-3 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
SS-315 Ghoul (3) - 1984 - 1989 album art Ghoul (3) 1984 - 1989 (Comp) SS Recordings SS-315 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
SS-121 / SS-121A Ghoul (3) - LIVE album art Ghoul (3) LIVE(DVD-V, Comp, Copy Prot., NTSC + CD, Comp, RM) SS Recordings SS-121 / SS-121A Japan 2006 Sell This Version
HOLD UP-002 Ghoul (3) - 極悪ツアー 1985: Live At 新宿Loft album art Ghoul (3) & Mobs (2) Ghoul (3) & Mobs (2) - 極悪ツアー 1985: Live At 新宿Loft(CD, Comp) Hold Up Records HOLD UP-002 Japan 2019 Sell This Version


VR-61001 Ghoul (3) - Ghoul Last Gig album art Ghoul (3) Ghoul Last Gig(VHS, NTSC) ACC VR-61001 Japan 1986 Sell This Version