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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Eight-Second Music Concert

Only lasted eight seconds long?

Before you jump to anything prematurely, let me clarify things.

This past June 29, 2017, a Japanese music group called Golden Bomber performed an eight-second song called 8 Second Encounter and gave the fans exactly what was advertised.

Eight seconds of music - and out, off the stage. 

That was the entire concert. That’s the way it was planned, too.

However… after much pleading for an encore performance by the fans, Golden Bomber returned and actually played one full song—their hit song Memeshikute… but that was it.   

If you think that’s weird, remember, we are talking about Japan.

Golden Bomber is part of something called a Visual Key air band.

Air band.

As in… except for the lead singer who writes the words and the musics, and sings them… the rest of the four-man band are merely props playing air band instruments.

Yes, a four-man group solo artist… that’s what Golden Bomber is.

That whole Visual Key stuff sounds sketchy to me, but I’m old, and was old when I was 26 and in Japan, liking old school punk like the Stooges, MC5, Dead Kennedys and The Sex Pistols.  

Part of the Visual Key thing, is to look androgynous, wear lots of make-up, wear flamboyant costumes, and play air guitar and other air instruments.

It’s true… I can’t tell if the lead singer is a guy or a girl… love the kabuki-like make-up on a member… love the 80s thin tie look…

Is it any weirder than going to see a rock concert by Gorrilaz? Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by musician Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The band consists of four animated members: 2-D (lead vocals, keyboards), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboards) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion) - the four are not real people. The music is good.

Watch the Golden Bomber video of the eight-second concert:

Is it just me, or did anyone else find it weird that the countdown was in perfect English?

The music was actually decent - all eight seconds of it!

Here, watch Dance My Generation by Golden Bomber. It’s not in the same vein as the music a suburban punk like myself likes, but I can respect the music and the effort:

Andrew Joseph
PS: Thanks to JJ for pointing me towards this! 

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