Group Sounds

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Group Sounds, often abbreviated as G.S. or G-Sound, is a genre of Japanese rock music which became popular in the mid to late 1960s and initiated the fusion of Japanese kayōkyoku music and Western rock music.[1] Their music production techniques were regarded as playing a pioneering role in modern Japanese popular music.[1]

Fōku (folk) and new music became famous in Japan in the 1970s, but new rock bands survived as new rock in Japanese underground music.[2] The origin of modern Japanese rock music was usually regarded as new rock. Videos of New Rock bands' concerts were very rare.[3]

Notable Group Sounds bands

The Spiders in 1966.

Notable new rock bands (1969–1972)

See also


  1. ^ a b 第38回 ─ グループ・サウンズ (in Japanese). 2004-12-16. Archived from the original on August 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  2. ^ ""70'sニュー・ロック"コンピ盤、登場!" (in Japanese). CD Journal. 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  3. ^ ニュー・ロックの貴重映像発掘!映画「ロック誕生」 (in Japanese). natalie. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2009-03-07.

External links

  • Cutie Morning Moon - Dedicated to Japanese 1960s garage punk
  • The Video Beat - What are the Group Sounds?
  • Showapop - Group Sounds Record & CD articles in English
  • Trans World '60s Punk:Cutie Morning Moon - Provides Information Mostly About Garage Bands From Outside the United States
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