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Someone recently requested some GASTUNK and I couldn’t be happier to oblige. This band has always been somewhat of a mystery to me and I’ve always considered them slightly different from the rest of the classic Japanese bands. Not sure if it’s their metal leanings (n.w.o.b.h.m. anyone??), their odd, echo-y recordings or the searing guitar solos, but something was going on that seperated them from the pack IMO. Yeah, they have all the elements of traditional J-core, Ram-charging tempos and shouted chorus’ but somehow their just DIFFERENT. Those things have have nothing to do with the fact that this band freakin’ rules!!
As far as history of the band goes, This band formed in the early 80’s (’83-’84) and is made up of ex-members of the EXECUTE. I’ll refer to the master of Japanese music-WEDGE from some of his comments on earlier posts of J-core music on this site:
” The Comes & Dead Cops also had members who eventually went to join Gastunk”
“Naoki was the ORIGINAL Guitar Player for Gastunk before forming Lip Cream. No studio recordings exist, but i have a live Video somewhere of this line-up ,& its pretty much common knowledge amongst old-timers in Japan that Naoki is the one who actually wrote the Gastunk song “Geronimo” regardless what/who is credited on the actual 45 release from 1986.(the previously mentioned live video i have backs this up as they perform it as their last song.)”
“Also in-between leaving EXECUTE and joining GASTUNK, Baki did the vocal on LIP CREAMS tracks on the “hardcore unlawful assembly” omnibus lp. He’s uncredited, but it IS him on those two songs.”
These are some of their earlier, superior records (which also include the not-posted but still amazing DEAD SONG lp and the GERONIMO 7″) but they’ve also had a TON of other releases which got pretty schlocky and cock rock-ish as they signed to bigger labels. They are still around to this day according to their website, but I can’t vouch for who’s still in the band or the quality of the music.
Anyway, I’m sure there is more, but for now enjoy some great records. Thanks to WEDGE (where are you?? hope all is well!!) for general knowlege & mastery of most any Japanese music (and most other music for that matter). For a cool discography, try HERE or for their OFFICIAL site try HERE
GASTUNK-S/T e.p. (Dogma records) 1985
GASTUNK-Mr. Gazime e.p. (Love records )1985
GASTUNK-To fans e.p. (SS records) 1987 ???
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