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Black Lovers (Early Lost Tapes 1988)

(My Fiance’s Lifework) Used CD $20.00

“Far noisier than later efforts,” notes All Music Guide. “Brutal assaults of feedback, sometimes with distorted voices screaming ... suddenly veer[ing] to some sweet little pop melody for several seconds or even a minute before the electro assault drowns it out, or stolen bits of funk music or a quiet piano plinking…. There are plenty of abrupt transitions that VOG is known for, and their usual junk-culture-in-a-blender collage style becomes more refined as the CD progresses to less noisy tape collage that is more in the patchwork style of later albums.” With obi

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Cry Baby Killer

(My Fiance’s Lifework) Used Cassette $100.00

“Something like this is probably being played in Satan’s waiting room,” muses a Russian incel. First edition from 1989, with painted sticker collage on plastic box. C46

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Excrete Music

(Vanilla) Used CD $40.00

Bloated Slutbag “wouldn’t call [this 1991 disc] disturbing so much as surreal; very odd, and (then) very unique, when taken together with the total package of the artwork and project name…. However raw and punishing the sound, it is also quite well-composed, the hour-long disc flowing through a sparsely humored series of properly harsh episodes to achieve a very sound compositional whole.”

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Midnight Gambler

(Pure) Used CD $10.00

Bleak Bliss’s right-on summation: “It starts. It stops. There’s part of a loungecore version of ‘Foxy Lady’. Some things get smashed up. That’s just the first two or three minutes.”

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Nation Of Rhythm Slaves

(Rail Recordings) Used CD $12.00

“Classic bouncy and unhinged VOG,” marvels Bleak Bliss. “I’m sure there is a bit of Consolidated in the first track, Japanese covers of Canned Heat interfered with, twisted easy-listening salaryman karaoke and other such senses of false security, and then you hit the middle section. From there it’s all ‘oh shit, here we go!’ ” In screen-printed box

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Otis

(Endorphine Factory) Used CD $25.00

“This is not an album as much as it is a musical collage [of] … pop culture nods and strange mash-ups,” asserts Female Trouble. “To call Nakahara just another noise artist is almost undermining his finely tuned ear for the absurd. One notable song that fairly represents his humor is a loop of the main guitar riff from Lenny Kravitz’s, ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way?’ combined with his signature frenzied screams and some bells and whistles to boot.”

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Que Sera Sera

(Rail Recordings) Used CD $25.00

Noisy collages from 1995, according to a zine called The New York Times, punctuated by disco beats and a grab bag of sounds, songs and ideas that does not exclude the mooing of cows.

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

Shocks! Shocks! Shocks! Remix ’93

(Ring Music) Used CD $25.00

“Sly and ironic, bizarre and sarcastic,” is how Bleak Bliss characterizes the 1993 reissue of Vanilla’s cassette from 1991. “Kitsch soundtracks and hippetty hop and blasts of disco and found sound and field recordings and spoken word and noise.” Includes a 23-minute bonus track “Anal Machine Music.” Sealed

VIOLENT ONSEN GEISHA

U.S. Tour ’95

(Japan Overseas) Used CD $8.00

Three collaboration tracks recorded with Smegma, Trumans Water, and Thurston Moore, respectively. Heavy rock improv with incoherent screaming, keyboard / tape noise, atonal guitar, and electronics in all the places you’d expect to find ’em.

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Violent Onsen Geisha

(Bloody Butterfly) Used 3xCD + 3-inch CD $30.00

Material from Tenderly (My Fiancé’s Lifework 1993), minus three tracks and an edit of another; Wagamama No Ofukuro (My Fiancé’s Lifework 1993), minus one track; Cry Baby Killer (My Fiancé’s Lifework 1989), minus one track. Three-inch disc contains six Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet collaboration tracks. Color print affixed to silver bag.