J-Rock Bands We Want To See in Rock Band – Part II

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Enjoyed Part I of our feature on “J-Rock Bands We Want To See in Rock Band”? Here’s 3 more bands we would like to see.

THE PILLOWS

One of our personal favorite bands. The Pillows have been around for a long time, but got the attention of anime fans worldwide when three of their albums were featured on the OST for the series FLCL. You can think of their music as very British-rockish. They have been compared to the Beatles (which had a Rock Band game all dedicated to their music).  The band even has their own creepy, but adorable little teddy bear mascot, Buster-kun. We’re hoping they come back to America sometime soon because they are great to see live.

B’z


A band that’s been synonymous with Japan for 2 decades. Their credentials? 43 consecutive #1 singles, 23 #1 albums, and more than 78 million records sold in Japan. They are also the first Asian band to have their handprints & signatures on the Hollywood RockWalk. B’z showed they still got it when their single, “Ichibu to Zenbu”, won the Billboard Hot 100 Japan Single of 2009. If you listen to J-Rock or Japanese music in general, you must have listened to or heard of B’z at one point. B’z should be an automatic lock for ROCK BAND.

BEAT CRUSADERS

A band with a unique look and pretty catchy tunes. Beat Crusaders have received praise for their experimental use of a variety of sounds to create powerful guitar melodies. Their songs are mostly punk-pop. They exploded onto the mainstream with their song, “Hit in the U.S.A.”, which was the opening theme of the anime series, BECK. The band also did the theme for the Nickelodeon cartoon, “Kappa Mikey”. Their music is a good fill-in for the “pop/rock” segment.  Their appeal also lies in the fact they wear paper masks in all their promotional appearances.

We’ll be back with Part III sometime next week with 4 more bands! Check back soon!

J-Rock Bands We Want To See in Rock Band – Part I

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Hey gang, have you read the poll that J-Rock Revolution did for which J-rock bands fans would love to see as DLC for the game “ROCK BAND”?

http://jrockrevolution.com/index.php/webzine/exclusives/1530-rock-band-poll-final-results.html

As you can see, practically all the bands people chose were visual-kei bands. Not that this is an entirely bad thing. However, there are some really good bands out there that deserve to be noticed for the game that AREN’T VK. So without further ado, here are some of our choices for “J-Rock Bands That Should Be In Rock Band”.

X JAPAN

One VK exception we’ll make for this list & the only exception. X Japan practically started the whole VK movement. They are so popular that they even had an entry in “The Otaku Encyclopedia”. Even former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi calls them his favorite band. X Japan is going to be at Lollapalooza this August and will have a new album out around the same time. American rock fans will finally get a chance to see a pioneer of Japanese rock. Their music did appear in the Japanese version of Rock Band 2, so why not an actual appearance in a Western copy of the game?

BOOM BOOM SATELLITES

One of the most awesome Japanese rock bands ever. Boom Boom Satellites is a combination of Nine Inch Nails/Prodigy/Chemical Brothers & other industrial/techno acts. They are highly praised for changing their sound, but still remaining the same. These guys sing in English too. A lot of their songs were in movies, commercials, anime, etc. Their live performances have been known to generate new fans of their music. BBS did do a newer version of one of their hits “Kick It Out” in America (in collaboration with Tahj Mowry & Flo-Ride). It felt a little off, but they do have the makings of being popular in the U.S.

POLYSICS

One of the more wackier bands out there. Polysics is another electronic/rock outfit that never ceases to amaze fans with its funky live performances and use of synthesizers, computer-generated sounds, & guitars. They are also known for their unique costumes. One of their albums, “Polysics or Die!!!! Vista”,  was released exclusively in the U.S. under MySpace Records. Some of their songs have even been played on U.S. college radio. If Lady Gaga were to join a band, Polysics would be the perfect band for her.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for Part II of our feature!