History Music / Loudness

7th Nov '15 7:59:25 AM Inspeps
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* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Akira Takasaki
** TheLancer: Minoru Niihara
** TheSmartGuy: Masayoshi Yamashita
** TheBigGuy: Masayuki "Ampan" Suzuki
** TheHeart: Munetaka Higuchi
31st Jul '15 2:00:18 PM phoenix
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** "Crazy Doctor" (1983-84) seems to be a condemnation of both Japanese mental health care/hospitalization (which at the time ''was'' in need of major reforms) and a cry for help from someone suffering mental illness yet trapped in the system, referencing [[NaziGermany Josef Mengele]].

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** "Crazy Doctor" (1983-84) seems to be a condemnation of both Japanese mental health care/hospitalization (which at the time ''was'' in need of major reforms) and a cry for help from someone suffering mental illness yet trapped in the system, referencing [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Josef Mengele]].
8th May '15 8:40:47 PM nombretomado
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** "Racing" (2004) has "Misleading Man" which is a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush and has "Unknown Civilians" which is yet another WarIsHell song that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as well as a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush too.

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** "Racing" (2004) has "Misleading Man" which is a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and has "Unknown Civilians" which is yet another WarIsHell song that is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, as well as a TakeThat at GeorgeWBush UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush too.
19th Apr '15 9:22:24 PM nombretomado
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** "S.D.I." (1987) which is a protest against the ColdWar arms race, which became a general anti-war anthem and one of the band's top songs. Minoru Niihara actually performed it as the opening song of a 2010 rock festival set.

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** "S.D.I." (1987) which is a protest against the ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar arms race, which became a general anti-war anthem and one of the band's top songs. Minoru Niihara actually performed it as the opening song of a 2010 rock festival set.
10th Mar '15 4:11:07 AM tenryufan
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: "Soldier Of Fortune." It's most likely a StealthParody of the BloodKnight and WarIsGlorious, but sometimes this is missed in how cool it sounds and what a rocking song it is.
5th Oct '14 3:28:21 AM m8e
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Loudness is a Music/{{heavy metal}} band, founded in 1981 in Osaka, Japan.

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Loudness is a Music/{{heavy metal}} HeavyMetal band, founded in 1981 in Osaka, Japan.
5th Oct '14 2:47:13 AM m8e
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** Yet another song from "Thunder In The East," "The Lines Are Down" is something incredibly unusual for 1980s Music/HeavyMetal by a male band (and sadly, for the band itself, see later): an anti-rape song, seeming to start from the rapist's perspective then flipping to encourage the [[FinalGirl victim]] to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kill her rapist]] and escape.

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** Yet another song from "Thunder In The East," "The Lines Are Down" is something incredibly unusual for 1980s Music/HeavyMetal HeavyMetal by a male band (and sadly, for the band itself, see later): an anti-rape song, seeming to start from the rapist's perspective then flipping to encourage the [[FinalGirl victim]] to [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil kill her rapist]] and escape.
20th Aug '14 9:49:57 AM Willbyr
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* CoverVersion: During the time when Masaki Yamada was in the band, "House of 1000 Pleasures" by Yamada's previous band EZO was in their live repertoire (featured on the 1993 live album ''Once and for All'' and on the 1992 concert video ''Welcome to the Slaughter House''). 1994 live album ''Loud 'n' Raw'' includes a cover of DeepPurple's "Speed King". As for other bands covering Loudness songs, {{Therion}} covered "Crazy Nights" on their 1999 album ''Crowning of Atlantis'', and there have also been two Loudness tribute albums (one from 2001, the other from 2003). One of XJapan's very first live performances in the 80s (when the band consisted only of Yoshiki and Toshi) was "In The Mirror," and {{Galneryus}} once covered "Soldier of Fortune" in the Yama-B days.

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* CoverVersion: During the time when Masaki Yamada was in the band, "House of 1000 Pleasures" by Yamada's previous band EZO was in their live repertoire (featured on the 1993 live album ''Once and for All'' and on the 1992 concert video ''Welcome to the Slaughter House''). 1994 live album ''Loud 'n' Raw'' includes a cover of DeepPurple's "Speed King". As for other bands covering Loudness songs, {{Therion}} Music/{{Therion}} covered "Crazy Nights" on their 1999 album ''Crowning of Atlantis'', and there have also been two Loudness tribute albums (one from 2001, the other from 2003). One of XJapan's very first live performances in the 80s (when the band consisted only of Yoshiki and Toshi) was "In The Mirror," and {{Galneryus}} once covered "Soldier of Fortune" in the Yama-B days.
17th Jul '14 3:43:33 AM RevolutionStone
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* {{Fanservice}}: While, aside from the IntercourseWithYou songs, the band was generally ''not'' known for it, they've had their moments. [[http://youtu.be/sCJ1r7yudss This video from the 1992-93 period]] literally encompasses every variety of fanservice known to HeavyMetal and one brought in from VisualKei: guitar solo, bass solo, drum solo, AudienceParticipationSong, and HomoeroticSubtext.
2nd Jul '14 5:13:36 PM AndyLA
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* Mike Vescera - Vocals (1988-1992)

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* Mike Vescera - Vocals (1988-1992)(1988-1992, went on to briefly join Music/YngwieMalmsteen after his tenure)



* AuthorAppeal: For Niihara, IntercourseWithYou and anti-war songs mainly. For Yamada, much of his lyrics were ReligionRantSong, OdeToIntoxication, or RoadSong. For Takasaki and Higuchi, anti-war songs and other types of the ProtestSong and AuthorFilibuster.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Munetaka Higuchi was one of the founders of the band as well as being its drummer, and had written/composed some of the lyrics and much of the drum sections before 2008. He was also a very deep inspiration to at least Niihara, as you can tell from the lyrics of the songs on "The Everlasting," the tribute to him, and every year the band holds a tribute concert for him.
** And now TaijiSawada is gone as well.

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* AuthorAppeal: For Niihara, IntercourseWithYou and anti-war songs mainly. For Yamada, much of his lyrics were ReligionRantSong, OdeToIntoxication, or RoadSong. For Takasaki and Higuchi, anti-war songs and other types of the ProtestSong and AuthorFilibuster. \n* AuthorExistenceFailure: Munetaka Higuchi was one of the founders of the band as well as being its drummer, and had written/composed some of the lyrics and much of the drum sections before 2008. He was also a very deep inspiration to at least Niihara, as you can tell from the lyrics of the songs on "The Everlasting," the tribute to him, and every year the band holds a tribute concert for him.\n** And now TaijiSawada is gone as well.



* NoExportForYou: Some albums have been released in the US and elsewhere other than Japan. Others have not, which leaves fans wanting to complete the discography or who like all eras stuck with the choices of EBay, piracy, or going to Japan and searching used record shops.



* OutlivedItsCreator: Munetaka Higuchi was one of the founders of the band.



** In the 1992-94 era, almost everyone was a WalkingShirtlessScene at times. AkiraTakasaki was in the Once And For All live, and TaijiSawada was in at least one photoshoot (which is the only place all of his tattoos can be seen).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before Masaki Yamada was landed as Loudness's vocalist in 1992, Mitsuo Takeuchi and Eizo Sakamoto were both considered.
** What if Taiji wasn't forced to leave Loudness by the record label?
** What if Taiji had somehow rejoined Loudness as a 2nd bassist or alternating bassist?
** What if MinoruNiihara had never left?

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** In the 1992-94 era, almost everyone was a WalkingShirtlessScene at times. AkiraTakasaki was in the Once ''Once And For All All'' live, and TaijiSawada was in at least one photoshoot (which is the only place all of his tattoos can be seen).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before Masaki Yamada was landed as Loudness's vocalist in 1992, Mitsuo Takeuchi and Eizo Sakamoto were both considered.
** What if Taiji wasn't forced to leave Loudness by the record label?
** What if Taiji had somehow rejoined Loudness as a 2nd bassist or alternating bassist?
** What if MinoruNiihara had never left?
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