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Zoo Nee Voo

Namida no Orugan 7"
Yoshihito Machida – vocals
Kennichi Uwachi – vocals
Yasuo Yamamoto – lead guitar
Eisuke Takahashi – lead guitar
Shigeki Tsukaya - bass
Shigero Otake – drums

Although the bizarrely named Zoo Nee Voo were marketed by Columbia Records as yet another GS outfit, this outwardly-typical sextet were a feisty bunch who made a point, somewhat cantankerously, of insisting in interviews that they were an R&B band. Beginning life as the even more ridiculously-titled Dzoom Boom, the band was the brainchild of lead guitarist Yasuo Yamamoto, who spotted twin vocalists Yoshihito Machida and Kennichi Uwachi singing together in the folk outfit Castle & Gates, in 1966. Signing to Columbia, they made their release debut in October 1968, not with a single but with an LP, which took the English title WORLD OF ZOO NEE VOO. Their debut single later that month, entitled
‘Suifu no Nageki (Sailor’s Lament)’ failed to chart. Zoo Need Voo’s second single was the bizarre ‘Namida no Orugan (The Tearful Organ), but there was little radio interest until the flipside was discovered by a Tokyo DJ. Columbia then withdrew the single, re-releasing it with the more desirable B-side ‘Shiroi Sangosho (White Lagoon)’ as the featured song. This gave the band a number 18 hit, but no more were forthcoming. Thereafter, Zoo Nee Voo moved to Canyon Records, but had no success there either. Singer Machida went solo and drummer Shigero Otake was replaced by Yoichi Arai, but nothing more was heard of Zoo Nee Voo.

Julian Cope
  • Namida no Orugan 7
  • The World of Zoo Nee Voo LP
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