Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Based in Yamatsuka, Japan, the Boredoms have borrowed liberally from the US hardcore punk tradition to forge their own climatic rock music. The band was formed in the spring of 1986 by Yamatsuka Eye (vocals), Tabata Mara (guitar), Hosoi (bass) and Taketani (drums), although the rhythm section was rapidly changed to Yoshikawa Toyohito (drums) and Hira (bass). Further line-up changes have seen Eye joined, at various times, by Yamamoto Seiichi (guitar), Yoshimi Yokota (drums), ATR (drums), EDR (drums), and God Mama (dancer). Eye and Mara recorded the Boredoms’ debut set, Anal By Anal, which introduced their frenetic musical style, a hardcore assault combined with the experimental distorted song structures of the Butthole Surfers. Onanie Bomb Meets The Sex Pistols, compiling the first two Japanese releases, introduced the world to the band’s impenetrable noise and sequences of communal belching. Even more extreme was 1989’s Soul Discharge, released in...

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