Julian Cope presents JAPROCKSAMPLER.COM
Live Kaisean Concert 1976.10.16 (Meldac double CD)(cuddles)
Hideto Kano – guitar, vocals (ex-M)
Masayuki ‘Mahbo’ Aoki – bass (ex-Too Much)
Ryoichi ‘Ryo-chan’ Nakano – drums, synthesizer
Formed by ex-members of early '70s festival stalwarts the M and Too Much, Gedo was a power trio whose biker fans followed them from bar to bar, making each gig into a show of ritual, full of euphoric moments, in-jokes and surprising outbursts of extreme collective male melancholy. With songs full of lyrics evoking images of hell, despair, pig’s flesh and fool’s paradises (sic), Gedo's early LPs were sparsely-produced by Mickey Curtis, who kept intact the band's furious Born-to-be-Wild rush of proto-Ramones. Unfortunately, like other such mid-'70s hard rockers (think Bang, think Pink Fairies, think Dust), Gedo's albums nowadays suffer from too much variety. However, their debut LP appears at number 30 in Japrocksampler's Top 50, and the band is discussed further in the book's brief essay 'Gedo & the Rise of the Festival Bands' (pages 130-131).
As well as the original albums listed above, in recent years there have been a number of unearthed Gedo live shows released on CD:
Gedo Live: Kaisan Concert 1976.10.16 (Hagakure, 1991)
Kyonetsu no Machida police '74 (Sony, 2003)
1975 Yaonkyo no aloha (Sony, 2003)
1976 Sayonara Nippon (Sony, 2003)
Saigo no Mandala Yaneura densetsu '76 (Sony, 2003)
Most of these still appear to be in print.
Posted by choan, Sep 07, 2007
Gedo: Moving like a parallelogram!
Posted by The Seth Man, Sep 05, 2007
Posted by gullcity, Feb 09, 2008