In the 1980s, Visual-kei had not yet established as a genre, but pioneering bands were appearing one after another. Many of the bands active in the 80’s, which can be called the founding era of Visual-kei, influenced later Visual-kei bands, and are full of great songs to listen to. In this issue, we will introduce 10 songs by artists available on Spotify, including DEAD END and AUTO-MOD, so you can listen to these 80s classics now!
“SERAFINE” by DEAD END (1989)
It is no exaggeration to say that DEAD END is the king of Visual-kei. Numerous musicians have entered the Visual Kei scene in admiration of DEAD END. To name just a few of the musicians who have professed their influence, they are all big names such as Ryuichi Kawamura, Kiyoharu, hyde, aki (ex-Laputa), and yasu (Acid Black Cherry). The makeup that accentuates MORRIE’s sculptural beauty is breathtaking. His presence, even divine, makes you sigh.
“SERAFINE” is from DEAD END’s last studio album before disbanding. It is also the last song on the album, and the lyrics are meaningful. It can be interpreted as a requiem for the breakup, and his quietly appealing singing style will knock you down. The intro, guitar riff, beautiful melody, and groove are superb, and it is truly a timeless masterpiece.
Release Date : Sept. 21, 1989
Members at the time of release : MORRIE(Vo.), YOU(Gt.), “CRAZY” COOL- JOE(Ba.), MINATO(Dr.)
“X” by X (1989)
The song “X” is from when X JAPAN was active under the name X, and was included on their first major album “BLUE BLOOD” released in April 1989. A different version of the song, “X” was also included in the single “Orgasm” released in 1986 through independent distribution.
During live performances, it is customary for members and fans to cross their arms above their heads to form the letter “X” and jump while shouting “X.” This is called the “X jump” and is said to be so powerful that it shakes the Tokyo Dome. It is a magical song that seems to awaken normally rational people to their own bestiality.
Release Date : Apr. 21, 1989
Members at the time of release : TOSHI(Vo.), HIDE(Gt.), PATA(Gt.), TAIJI(Ba.), YOSHIKI(Dr.)
“LA VIE EN ROSE” by D’ERLANGER (1989)
Early D’ERLANGER is characterized by a dark and decadent atmosphere. Guitarist CHIPER has many followers, including INORAN (LUNA SEA) and DIE (DIR EN GREY), and is popular among his peers. Kyo and Tetsu are also well known as members of Yokosuka Saber Tigers, the band that X’s hide was a member of before joining X.
Release Date : Feb. 10, 1989
Members at the time of release : kyo(Vo.), CIPHER(Gt.), SEELA(Ba.), Tetsu(Dr.)
“BALA・BALA・VARA” by Gargoyle (1989)
Gargoyles is known for the singing voice of the very distinctive KIBA and the weeping guitar of guitarist SHI-JA, who was with the band from 1988 to 1993. The oriental look of the band is also impressive, and once you see them, you will not be able to take your eyes off them. The highlight of “BALA・BALA・VALA” is the guitar solo. The sudden change in the aspect of the song draws the listener into a different world at once.
Release Date : Oct. 13, 1989
Members at the time of release : KIBA(Vo.), SHE-JA(Gt.), TOSHI(Ba.), KATSUJI(Dr.)
“JUST ONE MORE KISS” by BUCK-TICK(1988)
BUCK-TICK has been at the forefront of music for more than 30 years since their debut in 1987. Their first major single “JUST ONE MORE KISS” was released in a tie-up with a Victor commercial. How many fans must have been enthralled by Atsushi Sakurai’s passionate eyes? His charismatic popularity that has continued since the dawn of Visual Kei will continue to shine through.
Release Date : Oct. 26, 1988
Members at the time of release : SAKURAI ATSUSHI(Vo.), IMAI HISASHI(Gt.), HOSHINO HIDEHIKO(Gt.), HIGUCHI YUTAKA(Ba.), YAGAMI TOLL(Dr.)
Have you found your favorite songs?