Posted: Aug 2, 2006 7:53 pm
Which ridiculously rare records are your favourite?
Here are a few I've read about:
1."Creating a comprehensive discography for the Gerogerigegege is virtually impossible. The band is renowned for their limited edition releases and for appearing on compilations. One conceptually based "cassette" titled "Art is Over" (Vis-à-Vis Audio Arts, 199?) didn't even contain a tape, only a severed octopus tentacle stapled to the inside of the tape's case."
2."I have a Boredoms record that's an edition of one. I swapped some early Masonna stuff [with Eye] for it. It's cut right on top of an old New York Dolls record, so the needle slides back and forth from Boredoms to Dolls. Really great."--Yamazaki Takushi of Masonna, as quoted in Bananafish #9.
3."Eye was telling me about how the Karoake bars in Osaka have the capability to record a CD of the patron's evening of song for about $20 (they must be using that computer based recordable CD format).
"Eye talked about how he had them record his sing-along to 'Born To Be Wild.' Just the idea of this blew my mind. Unfortunately, he doesn't have it anymore. He went to a record shop (Forever 3 in Osaka, I believe) and sold it for like $70...and the store sold it for about $150 almost immediately.
This CD was bought by Ozaki of Prisoner No. 6, is credited to Hanatarash, and also includes the children's song "Omocha no Cha Cha Cha" ("Toy Cha Cha Cha"). According to Ozaki (in an article he wrote about the CD in Exile Osaka #5), it also included one of Eye's teeth, which had been extracted by a dentist because it had a large cavity in it (and which continues to decay). He also bought the Boredoms EP Bon Bon Chiki Bon, which was also limited to one copy and sold for ¥100000 ($1000).
This is my favourite -
4.Other rare Boredoms records made by Eye on the vinyl cutting machine he bought at a flea market are Chiki Bon Bon (one copy only, which was priced at ¥100000 ($1000 U.S.) upon release, sold at GIGA and bought by Ozaki of Prisoner No. 6), Kyokumoku Fumei (Unknown Songs), of which only two copies were made, and a couple of untitled singles which Eye cut with incomplete and locked grooves, which made the needle jump and played the record differently every time.
Six numbered copies of each of these were made, packaged in pink sleeves with drawings on them (but no song titles), and sold for ¥3800 ($38 U.S.) each at Time Bomb Records in Osaka.