JOKERS - Jokers

Hiroshi Nar: (vocals, guitar, organ, chorus); Yohkai Takahashi: (bass, chorus); Toshi Ishizuka: (drums, percussion, chorus). "Accelerated senility, inspired lunacy, and grotesque rock-pranks from a trio of Japanese underground veterans who should really know better. If meaningful Pete Frame musical histories are what youre after, then this trio has it in spades. Ritalin-huffing vocalist and smeary-fingered guitarist Hiroshi Na was a member of both acid-goth mystery group Les Rallizes Denudes and seminal anarcho-folk-punkers Zuno Keisatsu during their heaviest periods in the seventies. Hairy, speaker-shaking bassist Yokai Takahashi was in a bunch of no-wave carcrash groups like Bunretsu before serving a lengthy stint in Rallizes during the eighties and nineties. More recently hes been a central plank in Gyaatees, which throws mentally-challenged priests together with hoary rock improvisers to chaotic ends. Wildman drummer Toshi Ishizuka was a founder member of Zuno Keisatsu and Vajra, a constant presence behind folk legends Kazuki Tomokawa and Kan Mikami, as well as leading his own group Cinorama. But instead of a full-frontal assault, the Jokers have decided to tunnel under the gates of perception with an arsenal of rhythmic pratfalls, riffing slapstick and spluttering vocal raspberries. Theirs is an indescribably freaky but endearingly unaffected universe, where village idiot vocalizations happily rub up against stop-start rhythmic Morse code and some very wild and fuzzy guitar soloing. Against all the odds, this convinces, entertains and thrills. Adult rock from a group who never grew up." - Alan Cummings.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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