Legendary Japanese rock outfit Les Rallizes Denuds were formed in 1967 and incredibly, for a group that had only one official release (Oz Days Live, a double vinyl compilation release in 1973), played their last gig almost 30 years later in October 1996.
The band's name apparently means "f*cked up and naked," which more than adequately describes their music.
Blind Baby Has Its Mother's Eyes sits at #11 on Julian Cope's list of top Japanese album
Formed by band leader Mizutani Takashi, the music remained remarkably familiar over the years, and is best described as high volume, raw, lo-fi, repetitive, feedback-drenched guitar-noise fests with nods in the direction of The Velvet Underground and Blues Creation, but without the electronics. Radical left-wing politics were never far from the band's agenda, with one original band member (Wakabayashi) being involved in the Japanese Red Army's hijacking of a flight to North Korea. Consequently, the group's live appearances became less frequent and increasingly clandestine. All the band's albums were released in very small quantities, and because of the group's reputation for secrecy and violence, as well as the difficulty in tracking down their recordings, Les Rallizes Denuds has assumed almost mythical status.
|A1||Blind Baby Has Its Mother's Eyes|
|A2||An Awful Eternity|
|B1||An Awful Eternity (Continued)|
|B2||The Last One|