Hijokaidan at Shinjuku Loft 1982

Hijokaidan Live Performance in 1981

I stumbled on the below live video of Hijokaidan of a legendary performance in Tokyo in 1982. On the following link where you read about the history of Hijokaidan, their guitarist Jojo Hiroshige tells the following about this gig:

” On April 5th we played a gig at the Shinjuku Loft to celebrate the release of the LP. The line-up was Oka, Ishida, Woo, Jojo, Kami, Ichiguchi, Mikawa, Taniguchi, and Hikari Hayakawa as a guest. The LP had been released the day before. Also on the bill were Joki (Tamio Shiraishi), and Namida no Ramen Quartet. We bought some earthworms and lugworms at a fishing tackle shop and mixed these in buckets with eggs, milk, squid, salmon roe, raw fish and so on. During the performance we upended these buckets over our heads (in order not to damage the stage we had covered it with cardboard boxes we had found in the street. I remember fondly that Taniguchi and I had wandered around Shinjuku looking for these cardboard boxes and we sometimes came to blows with the homeless over them). It was too detailed a performance to be seen by the audience but I noticed that Oka carefully allowed the earthworms to hang from his mouth. The instruments we had brought along were soon unable to produce any proper sounds. In a gig like this where we were 200% hyped up we of course played our bodies and howled, resulting in a performance centred around badly connected noise. There was also an incident where Ebi-kun, a devoted follower of Hijokaidan and pyromaniac, got so turned on by the performance that he threw a firecracker on to the stage. The sight of him running around after the gig with a squid in one hand, a sea cucumber in the other and a big grin on his face, is one that has remained with me. I also remember that while we were washing up our filthy bodies out back of Loft, a police car appeared at the entrance for some reason. The female member of staff from Loft who had to clean up the stage complained that the worms had escaped into the cracks between the tiles. We had been sure that Loft would force us to pay some fine but they paid us all of our guarantee without a word (however it would be five years before we would again appear on stage there).”

Part 2 :

These videos are featured on the Legendary Live Collection of Hijokaidan Vol. 5 dvd released by Alchemy Records.


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