Boredoms

Soul Discharge: 1999

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The Osaka lunatic fringe group's U.S. debut was originally released on Shimmy Disc in 1993. A decade later, this reissue version of the scarce LP still sounds about as left field as one's imagination can stretch within the popular music form. Their stop-start, jump-cut punk/noise/kitsch collage sound made them one of the more distinctive and influential groups of the Japanese noise scene. Main Boredom Yamatsuka Eye, also known for his noise project the Hanatarash, provides the vocal violence that alone puts them on the more challenging side of Japanese rock music. Little wonder this album won them fans in Perry Farrell, who had them open the main stage of Lollapalooza in 1995, as well as avant-garde composer John Zorn and postmodern rockers Sonic Youth, who have all sung praise for Boredoms. Soul Discharge: 1999 remains a highly influential record on the Japanese underground, post-rock, and noise scenes of the '90s -- a key album in Boredoms' discography.

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