22 September 2011 0 Comments

The Haniwa All-Stars

The Haniwa All-Stars were a delightfully bizarre 1980s musical freak show, created by master drummer and musical provocateur Kiyohiko Senba. While their musical style was all over the map, their costuming was consistent:  pajamas or nurse uniforms.

Guitarist and fellow experimentalist Henry Kaiser describes on the Mutant Sounds blog thusly:

“Many of the members are big pop and/or jazz stars in Japan. Senba is the writer-arranger-conductor-madman behind this band. I suppose that the only person that you might compare Senba to in America, in terms of scale of ambition, is Frank Zappa. (Although Senba’s music has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Zappa or his musical interests.) Senba is spectacularly successful with his truly insane, giant, all style-encompassing musical vision. It’s too bad you will never ever see this release in any American record shop. Too bad that we are so culture-bound over here.”

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