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Too Much

Too Much 45 rpm single "Together" with b-side "She is my lady"(Together)
Juni Lush – vocals
Tstomu Ogawa (Junio Nakahara) – guitar
Masayuki Aoki - bass
Hideya/Shuye Kobayashi – drums

Often touted as the Japanese Black Sabbath by blowhards and those who’ve not actually heard the music, the excellently named Too Much hailed from the large city port of Kobe, where the band members grew up sucking in all kinds of western influences from the LPs and 7” singles that came in on the boats. One of the band – guitarist Junio Nakahara – had spent the late ‘60s in the blues group The Helpful Soul, whose sole LP features in this book’s Top 50 on account of its deeply inspired 10-minutes plus plodathon ‘Peace For Fools’. However, as its audience could never have perceived The Helpful Soul as anything more than another Group Sounds act, guitarist Nakahara decided to jump on the burgeoning New Rock bandwagon by forming the more appropriately named Too Much. Nakahara’s inspiration came from the TOO MUCH concert that The Helpful Soul played with the newly-formed Blues Creation, in Kyoto at the end of February 1970. The hippy phrase ‘too much’ was already utterly clichéd in the West by this time, but it was iconic and easily pronounceable to Japanese. In the process, Nakahara hooked up with hard rock singer Juni Lush, changed his own name to the more substantially New Rock-sounding Tsomu Ogawa(!), and dragged high school mates Hideya Kobayashi and Masayuki Aoki along as the rhythm section. They signed a deal with Atlantic Records in the summer of 1970, and wrote a whole slew of mindless proto-metal anthems, including the excellent ‘Grease It Out’, ‘Love Is You’ and ‘Gonna Take You’. These were duly recorded and sounded mindlessly, monolithically, perfectly suited to the lowbrow audience Too Much was aiming to please. Unfortunately, the Atlantic businessmen saw in the be-afro’d Juni Lush another potential star in the mould of Flower Travellin’ Band’s Joe Yamanaka, and they pressured the band into adding several mawkishly sentimetal ballads to the debut LP in order to widen their audience. The results were disastrous. No one needed yet another version of Bobby Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’, particularly the Nipponashville abortion that Too Much delivered. Hey, but neither did they require ‘Song For My Lady’, the arduously phlegmatic 12-minute album closer which arrived replete with megastring sections, Michel LaGrande pianos, Moody Blues flute solos and nere a six-string razor in sight. Too Much was just not enough, and they split soon after the album was released.

Julian Cope
Discography:
  • TOO MUCH (Atlantic, 1972)
  • Too Much - TOO MUCHTOO MUCH
  • Too Much - TOO MUCHTOO MUCH

Images
  • Too Much 45 rpm single
Comments
The single "Together" with b-side "She Is My lady" was produced by Miki Curtis of Samurai band fame.
On bass guitar Mr. Curtis used Alan Merrill (future Vodka Collins founding member) and Yuji Harada (Samurai/PYG) on drums on both tracks as a rhythm section. The 45 rpm single was released on Kuni Murai's new label Mushroom records, and they were distrubuted by Denon-Columbia.
Posted by Viva Vivi, Jun 30, 2010
doubt
Hello

very interesting information, but I have a question

who is the one on the cover of the album and single? is this Juni Lush? or Junio Nakahara?

I saw the album cover of The Helpful Soul, and there also appears a man with afro hairstyle, is this Junio Nakahara?

Hopefully I can clear my doubts, because I think that is on the cover of the album, The Helpful Soul, is Nakahara and that is the same as the album cover of Too much and the single, but the text mentions that it is Juni lush that has the afro.

or both had afro? that in the photo of the band there is only one

I hope is not a nuisance.
thank you very much.
Posted by massiosare89, Sep 20, 2011
doubt
Hello

very interesting information, but I have a question

who is the one on the cover of the album and single? is this Juni Lush? or Junio Nakahara?

I saw the album cover of The Helpful Soul, and there also appears a man with afro hairstyle, is this Junio Nakahara?

Hopefully I can clear my doubts, because I think that is on the cover of the album, The Helpful Soul, is Nakahara and that is the same as the album cover of Too much and the single, but the text mentions that it is Juni lush that has the afro.

or both had afro? that in the photo of the band there is only one

I hope is not a nuisance.
thank you very much.
Posted by massiosare89, Sep 20, 2011
Juni Rush
All recording cover sleeves of the Too Much records featured Juni Rush who was the lead singer and front man of the band. Mr. Rush had a natural Afro as he was half African American and half Japanese.
I hope this answers your question.
Junko
Posted by JunSuzuki, May 29, 2013
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