Someone asked me about rock.. specifically Korean rock but oh, I think I’ve got to share with you one of my deepest loves.
Hyde is a complicated and busy kind of guy. He’s the lead singer and a founding member of L’arc-en-Ciel, a foundational rock group in Japan. They’re also known as Laruku but that’s kind of a nickname but if you hear it, that’s the group they’re talking about. They were formed in 1991 and pretty much laid down a can of whoop-ass on Japan’s music scene.
Laruku’s stuff covers a wide range. They experiment sometimes and have even drifted off into punk. But they pretty much are a rock band.
L’arc-en-Ciel playing Madison Square Garden. I love this song. Ready Steady Go.
Hyde also decided he wanted a bit more… hard rock. So he went and did a solo album. One of my favourites of these is 666. Now, 6 in Japanese is roku. So the album’s name pretty much isn’t just the “number of the beast” but also ROCK ROCK ROCK.. or Roku Roku Roku.
This is Hello from Hyde’s solo efforts.
Not satisfied with being lazy and only doing L’arc and solo work, he’s done a few side projects, most notably, a power group called VAMPS with guitarist Kaz. Their stuff is probably the closest to bar rock as you’ll find in Japan.
Now people LOVE Hyde. Really, he’s a very sweet guy and well, on stage, he’s liquid sex. I can attest to this. I’ve seen him in concert and we were right up against the stage. He works the crowd and loves his fans. I think we all left the place very pregnant.
Here’s a few things from VAMPS.
One day, I’ll talk to you about one of Hyde’s friends in debauchery…Gackt.