The Gerogerigegege

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The Gerogerigegege is a controversial Japanese noise/experimental band, founded in 1985 by Juntaro Yamanouchi. After a 15-year long hiatus, during which Yamanouchi had entirely vanished from the public's view, the band released a new album 燃えない灰 (Moenai Hai) in 2016, and since then produced over 10 albums/EPs with archival and new material. The band's name is an onomatopoeia for vomiting and diarrhea: Gero (vomiting) + Geri (diarrhea) + non-lexical vocable GeGeGe.

While many Japanoise artists sought inspiration in fetish, pornography, BDSM (particularly bondage, 緊縛 kinbaku) and similar concepts, Juntaro took his obsession with 千釣り senzuri (male masturbation) to an unprecedented level, dedicating many aspects of Gerogerigegege's work to sexuality, gender identity, homoerotica, and etc. It revolved around Gero 30 — Yamanouchi's muse and artistic partner, a much older exhibitionist and sex performer Tetsuya Endoh who he met at some random S&M club in Shinjuku.

By that point, JY already released '85 Gerogerigegege C-30 cassette via Masami Akita's mailorder ZSF Produkt, and had been rehearsing with drummer Dynamite Gero and guitarist Dee Dee Gero. Now he started performing with Gero 30 at various sex/fetish clubs, and the Gerogerigegege's early 'concerts' were some of the most disturbing acts in the history of Japanese extreme music (alongside infamous Hanatarash demolitions). Built on GG Allin's raw punk aesthetics, they featured little music: Gero 30 would masturbate on stage, moaning and groaning in the microphone, rolling in his own bodily fluids and feces. Three complete '87–91 senzuri shows with crowd reactions can be found on Live Greatest Hits CD.

The Gerogerigegege published first non-DIY records in the next few years: surprisingly melodic songs on '88 Sexual Behavior In The Human Male 7", and two LPs on a newly established Vis A Vis Audio Arts label: '87 Senzuri Champion, full of electroacoustic noises, and Showa — pornographic musique concreté preceded by Japan's anthem (released soon after Emperor Hirohito passed away in Jan '89). It wasn't until the '91 パンクの鬼 (Tokyo Anal Dynamite) CD that Gerogerigegege really started gaining admiration and cult following. Each of 75 tracks on this 35-min live session opens with a track title and '1-2-3-4' in broken English. Juntaro embraced this rock-n-roll shout from listening to live Ramones albums obsessively, and eventually coined the term 1-2-3-4 noisecore to describe Gerogerigegege's music. Further notable releases in this style include Mother Fellatio 7" on A.I.P.R. and Yellow Trash Bazooka 7'' on SOA Records in 1993 (with Jeff Warmouth on bass/electronics), and the true pinnacle of the 'genre' — '94 Instruments Disorder (170 Songs CD) — speedy noise/thrashcore with Tatsuya Yoshida on drums and NP on guitar & bass.

The year 1994 marked a shift towards more serious musical forms, showcasing Juntaro's ambitions as a composer: a quiet ambient Endless Humiliation CD on Japan Overseas and Hotel Ultra — collage of easy-listening with lowercase synth electronics, and Takeshi Ohmura's sax. Two similar albums followed in 1999: None Friendly (a dynamic, refined, melodically rich ambient soundscape, perhaps the most sonically pleasing work under the Gerogerigegege's name), and Hell Driver on Dirter Promotions, credited as 'final tribute' in the liner notes. (The last official release came two years later, though: Saturdaynight Big Cock Salaryman CD EP recorded in Apr 2001.)
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none The Gerogerigegege - Gerogerigegege album art The Gerogerigegege Gerogerigegege ZSF Produkt none Japan 1985 Sell This Version
V-001 The Gerogerigegege - Senzuri Champion album art The Gerogerigegege Senzuri Champion(LP, Album, Ltd) Vis A Vis Audio Arts V-001 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
VDR/LP010, VLP-010 The Gerogerigegege - Showa album art The Gerogerigegege Showa (Album) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VDR/LP010, VLP-010 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VCD3 The Gerogerigegege - パンクの鬼 (Tokyo Anal Dynamite) album art The Gerogerigegege パンクの鬼 (Tokyo Anal Dynamite)(CD, Album) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCD3 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
VAV91-013 The Gerogerigegege - Live Greatest Hits album art The Gerogerigegege Live Greatest Hits (Album) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VAV91-013 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
DV 07 The Gerogerigegege - 45RPM Performance album art The Gerogerigegege 45RPM Performance(CD, Album) Dark Vinyl Records DV 07 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
JO94-01 The Gerogerigegege - Endless Humiliation album art The Gerogerigegege Endless Humiliation(CD) Japan Overseas JO94-01 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
MCG-2 The Gerogerigegege - Instruments Disorder (170 Songs CD) album art The Gerogerigegege Instruments Disorder (170 Songs CD)(CD, Album) Mediacapsule MCG-2 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
none The Gerogerigegege - Nothing To Hear / Nothing To...1985 album art The Gerogerigegege Nothing To Hear / Nothing To...1985 (Album) Noise none Taiwan 1994 Sell This Version
S.E.X59-001cd, S;E;X59 The Gerogerigegege - Hotel Ultra album art The Gerogerigegege Hotel Ultra(CD, Album) Kubitsuri Tapes, Kubitsuri Tapes S.E.X59-001cd, S;E;X59 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
SFCD 013 The Gerogerigegege - Mort Douce Live album art The Gerogerigegege Mort Douce Live (Album) Sound Factory SFCD 013 Hong Kong 1996 Sell This Version
#006, 006 The Gerogerigegege - None Friendly album art The Gerogerigegege None Friendly(CD, Album, Dig) Mink Records, Mink Records #006, 006 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
DPROMCD49 The Gerogerigegege - Hell Driver album art The Gerogerigegege Hell Driver(CD, Album, Ltd) Dirter Promotions DPROMCD49 UK 1999 Sell This Version
CD-03 The Gerogerigegege - 燃えない灰 (Moenai Hai) album art The Gerogerigegege 燃えない灰 (Moenai Hai) (Album) Eskimo Records (2) CD-03 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
Psych.KG 227 The Gerogerigegege - From The Deep album art The Mickey Guitar Band Feat. The Gerogerigegege The Mickey Guitar Band Feat. The Gerogerigegege - From The Deep (Album) Psych.KG Psych.KG 227 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
VAVAA90, VAVAA1234 The Gerogerigegege - Senzuri Champion Revised album art The Gerogerigegege Senzuri Champion Revised (Album, Comp) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VAVAA90, VAVAA1234 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
CESAR17 The Gerogerigegege - >(decrescendo)  album art The Gerogerigegege >(decrescendo) (Album) Cav Empt CESAR17 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
VCD2 The Gerogerigegege - River/Piano-Cutting Machine Music Blackout Archive V.1 album art The Gerogerigegege River/Piano-Cutting Machine Music Blackout Archive V.1(CD, Album, Pap) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCD2 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
TTT080, VCD 10 The Gerogerigegege - Uguisudani Apocalypse  album art The Gerogerigegege Uguisudani Apocalypse (Album, Single) The Trilogy Tapes TTT080, VCD 10 UK 2019 Sell This Version
VCD5 The Gerogerigegege - 大都会/便所 Blackout Archive V.3 album art The Gerogerigegege 大都会/便所 Blackout Archive V.3(CD, Album, Pap) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCD5 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
VCT12 The Gerogerigegege - Bootleg of Instruments Disorder (170 Songs) Bootleg album art The Gerogerigegege Bootleg of Instruments Disorder (170 Songs) Bootleg(Cass, S/Sided, Album, Ltd, C90) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCT12 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
VCD2, VCD4, VCD5, none The Gerogerigegege - Blackout Archive V.1~ V.3 album art The Gerogerigegege Blackout Archive V.1~ V.3(CD, Album, Pap + CD, Album, Pap + CD, Album, Pap +) Vis A Vis Audio Arts, Vis A Vis Audio Arts, Vis A Vis Audio Arts, Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCD2, VCD4, VCD5, none Japan 2019 Sell This Version
VCD4 The Gerogerigegege - Gig In Train Blackout Archive V.2 album art The Gerogerigegege Gig In Train Blackout Archive V.2(CD, Album, Pap) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCD4 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
VCT13 The Gerogerigegege - Bootleg Of Senzuri Champion Bootleg album art The Gerogerigegege Bootleg Of Senzuri Champion Bootleg(Cass, S/Sided, Album, Ltd, C60) Vis A Vis Audio Arts VCT13 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
F.O.A.D. 193 The Gerogerigegege - Piss Shower Girlfriend album art The Gerogerigegege Piss Shower Girlfriend (Album, Single) F.O.A.D. Records F.O.A.D. 193 Italy 2020 Sell This Version

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rwortiz

rwortiz

February 1, 2020
Surprised these guys haven’t made any VHS’s or DVDs. You’d think a group infamous for their live performances would put their sweet shit on tape.
rwortiz

rwortiz

January 23, 2020
One of the most audacious and unpredictable Japanoise musicians out there. Although Juntaro and company are infamous for their hormone-driven noise and their even raunchier live performances, their audio works have an exceptionally wide range. From the full-blown noisecore of “Tokyo Anal Dynamite”, to the haunting field recording ambience of “Endless Humiliation”, to the (stolen!) Cantonese pop of the “All My Best To You” 7-inch, to the almost Nurse With Wound-like “Moenai Hai”. You never fully know what you’re getting yourself into when you pop a Gero record.
Luxembourg89

Luxembourg89

August 7, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
New album, Uguisudani Apocalypse LP, releasing this month on The Trilogy Tapes!!!!
AndyScum

AndyScum

September 4, 2016
I hope someday the cd albums will all be reissued on vinyl. Maybe, even a Gerogerigegege vinyl boxset?
nattyneilrecords

nattyneilrecords

March 26, 2016
edited over 4 years ago
Most people don't know this but gerogerigegege is awesomeness damn.
Radical_Al

Radical_Al

January 15, 2015
simply the best band ever!

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