Tenjo Sajiki 天井桟敷 - 薔薇門 [BaraMon]

Country: Japan
Label: Tenjo Sajiki Records
Released: Apr 2004
Genre: Japanese-Underground

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1972年に故寺山修司氏(天井桟敷)と東郷健氏(雑民党)が共同で企画、音楽をJ・A・シーザー氏、クニ河内とハプニングスフォー、山谷初男氏らが務め、東郷健氏を初めとするオカマ達が総出演したゲイ・リヴォリューションのためのレコード「薔薇門」!J・A・シーザー自らボーカルを取った楽曲で聞ける彼の絶叫および、全編で繰り広げられるオカマさん達の珠玉の発狂エンターテイメントはもはや伝説。発売当初は一部のマニアおよび知人に行き渡ったのみで、世間にはほとんど流通しなかった幻の一枚(現在ではプレミア価格10万円以上!)。ゆらゆら帝国の坂本慎太郎氏を始め、D.M.B.Q、ロマンポルシェ。等、多くのアーティスト達がこの作品への賛辞を惜しまないサイケデリック史上に残る名盤。当時(72年)のゲイシーンを知る上でも歴史的、資料的価値を持つ貴重な1枚。
Tracklisting:
1. おかまの政治演説
2. 薔薇の刺青
3. 転落詩集
4. 告白録
5. 天国と地獄
6. 青少年のための男色入門
7. 白浪五人男
8. 男娼巡礼歌
9. 毛皮のマリー
10. 聖なるジャック
11. どろぼうたちのキリスト
12. きびくぶのぼごぼもぼんば
13. 健さん愛してる
14. 性解放宣言
15. 君は答えよ
Edited By, Producer – 天井桟敷*
Lyrics By – 鵜館正英* (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 12, 15) , 寺山修司* (tracks: 6, 8, 10, 13)
Music By – 加藤ヒロシ* , 田中未知* (tracks: 6, 8, 10)
Music By, Performer – J.A. シーザー*
Other [Director] – Eiko Kujo
Other [Liner Notes] – Yuji Yamada
Performer – ハプニングス・フォー* , ヘンドリックス* , 森岳史* , 佐々木友行*
Photography – Kishin Shinoyama

“This is a limited reissue of the ultra rare privately released Tenjo Sajiki record Baramon. This identical reissue dates from 2003 and was released in a tiny edition of 500 copies, which sold out in a matter of weeks. But about the music: ‘Some of the most exciting and evocative music of the early ’70s in Japan was born out of the avant-garde theatre groups that had played such a central role in the ’60s ferment. One of the most important was the Tenjo Sajiki Company formed by poet, film maker, boxing fan and all-around agent provocateur Terayama Shuji. Renowned for Living-Theatre inspired audience participation happenings and extreme street theatre designed to shock the bourgeois; by 1970 the group had already become a haven for runaway teens, and a focus for police investigation. Terayama was canny enough to realize that co-opting their music was an ideal way to hijack adolescent energies and he consistently used heavy amplified rock to jump-start his chaotic, socially critical acid operas. By 1972,Baramon saw J.A. Seazer and Kuni Kawauchi (of the Happenings Four and Kirikyogen) splitting the compositional scores on a bizarre musical manifesto for sexual liberation. So far so Hair, but rather than a tribute to free love, Terayama instead composed an eloquent plea for the liberation of the sexual underclass suffering discrimination, in the form of a ‘gay revolution.’ It wasn’t Terayama’s first engagement with the Tokyo queer scene — one of the earliest plays he wrote for the Tenjo Sajiki was a vehicle for transvestite actress and chanson singer Akihiro Miwa, who was rumored to have had a dalliance with Yukio Mishima. Baramon’s opening is a blast — a densely narrated and impassioned call to arms set to a Nazi military march that links sexual second class citizenship to imperialist social control and warmongering. Featuring the actual voices of numerous smutty, cross-dressing scene queens, the record’s content was deemed so subversive that it was only sold under the counter of Tokyo gay bars. Like a biker backstage at the Cage Aux Folles, fuzzed out guitar riffs and heavy swelling organ-based psych rock tracks rub shoulders with the lachrymose ballads and tawdry, mascara smudging chanson still favored in certain Shinjuku nighteries.’” - The Wire, Alan Cummings.

Tracklisting:
1. おかまの政治演説
2. 薔薇の刺青
3. 転落詩集
4. 告白録
5. 天国と地獄
6. 青少年のための男色入門
7. 白浪五人男
8. 男娼巡礼歌
9. 毛皮のマリー
10. 聖なるジャック
11. どろぼうたちのキリスト
12. きびくぶのぼごぼもぼんば
13. 健さん愛してる
14. 性解放宣言
15. 君は答えよ



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