Along Ago: 1981-1989 Pre-OrderOXZ
Your pre-order will ship by Mar 13, 2020. Please note that ALL items included in your order will ship at the same time. If you wish to have a partial order shipped, you will need to make two separate orders.
|MP3/320||$ 9.99||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|FLAC||$ 9.99||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|WAV||$ 9.99||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Lavender Vinyl||$ 18.00|
|Fall In The Night||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Along Ago||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Life And Death||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Touching My Heart||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Vivian||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Be Run Down||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Etranger (1985)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Etranger (1988)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Is Life||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Teenage B||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|（我等は何して）老ひぬらん||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Blue Sing (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Bleed Love (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Down Easy (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Angel||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Orgel Bony (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Truth (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
|Baby Again (Bonus Track)||Available Mar 13, 2020|
- First pressing on lavender vinyl. Limited to 1500 copies.
The mid '80s were an exciting time for music in Kansai (Osaka-Kyoto), Japan. There were more stages for bands to play on, more releases by independent labels and a variety of bands playing in different styles. The 80s were also a time when women’s rights in Japan, though a topic of conversation, were not widely visible in the real world. There were very few women in the underground music scene at the time, but none of them dressed like punks or dyed their hair, or outwardly showed much interest in declaring independence from the usual rules. So, in 1981, when Hikko, Mika, and Emiko (aka Chasen-maru) first appeared together as OXZ, they were intentionally shocking.
Nothing happens in a vacuum, however. It was already acceptable for young women to form bands in the safety of their high school music clubs. They generally played cover songs at school events. However, actually stepping out into the dirty world of live houses was for the adventurous and compelled. To do so in OXZ’s overtly provocative, dramatic way was unheard of. Contemporaries of Shonen Knife, OXZ were known for the intensity of their live performances. Releasing their first EP in 1984 – an 8" EP – their catalog belies their reputation for moody, dark post-punk ahead of its time. The bass and drums dominate; the guitars are angular and spiky – punk, but with something extra. Along Ago: 1981-1989 collects the band’s entire catalog – three EPs and a single – alongside unearthed, unreleased demos.
Then, 1989, it ended as the band went their separate ways. And the name? No one seems to remember how it came about, but it should be noted that in Japan, O means acceptable and X means rejected, so maybe OXZ means "going beyond all usual standards."
- David Hopkins (Public Bath Press)