Luci'fer Luscious Violenoue
is one of the very few female (yes, that's
a female) artists of the Visual Kei
movement in the late 80s
and early 90s
. As an androgynous
Japanese vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, photographer, video director, writer, jewelry designer, and model, it wouldn't hurt to have some diversity in a musical movement that has been Always Male
, right?. And she happened to be one of the most well-known amongst obscure female VK acts, which is kind of a pity
From 1986 to 1998 she led Visual Gothic rock band, GILLE'LOVES. Renamed to "fiction
" in 1997. She has however started releasing her own solo works in 1994, which was before they disbanded. Though afterwards, she has been drifting to her own waters while not losing some influences with her old band's music and it's still somewhat visible in her songs.
She has cited her musical influences as David Bowie
, The Cure
, and Bauhaus
. fiction contributed cover track "In The Flat Field" to the internationally released compilation album Satori: A Tribute to Bauhaus
During her years, she's probably been best recognized for her naturally androgynous appearance. While most Visual Kei artists try to look like women, she tries to look like a man
. Also, she tends to use male pronouns and play male roles in her monologues. Also a known trait is her style in music. Though simplistic, it is still rather elegant and has an "easy to listen" feel in it. Her vocals are not limited to singing and have released tracks in spoken word. Some sounding like a Sprechgesang
(speech-song) as they can sometimes have spoken lyrics inserted along the way.
Then there's her anonymity—As of now, nobody knows her real name, rumors aside. Her age as well (born July 7, 19XX).
In 2006, she disappeared from the music scene and closed her official fan club, though noting in the final issue that she may "be seen again". Since that time, she has worked in Tokyo as a fortune teller in group La Miste Yasuragi under the name Nana Tarot-sensei. It is rumored that "Nana" may be her real given name—though unconfirmed, it is a popular name for girls born on July 7, as one of the name's possible meanings is "seven".
Then in 2011, she seems to have made a comeback: under her YouTube
account, she posted one song that is supposed to be one of the tracks in her upcoming album called Iyashi no Tsuki
, to be released in November. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of some fans, this was a fraud and the tracks were plagiarized from another obscure VK band, DIE RAUM KUNST.
As for the real Lucifer, it is unknown whether she'll decide to come back into the music scene or not.
Albums With GILLE'LOVES/fiction
- [1993.10.30] Barairo no kyuuketsuki
- [1995.02.14] My Bloody Valentine -RARE:TRACKS- (compilation album)
- [1997.03.24] Lucifer to iu na no oningyou (as fiction)
- [1994.12.20] Yameru bara, arui wa iyasani kizuguchi
- [1997.07.24] Kusari ni tsunagareta tenshi
- [2000.09.30] Do you Remember the Rosegarden of Haunted Realm? -Yuureikan no Bara Niwa wo Oboeteru?-
- [2002.05.23] Hana no tetsugaku, tsuki no bigaku
- [2002.05.23] Moshuu wo Houmuri Saru Tame no Requiem Files - WORLD e'ND COMPILATION
VHS With GILLE'LOVES/fiction
- [1993.10.30] Shinku no Decadence -DECADENCE OF ROSE-
- [1996.10.XX] Kyuuketsuki Gekijou -THEATRE OF VAMPIRE-
- [1997.03.24] Akuma no Koi -DIZZINESS OF LUCIFER-
- [1997.07.24] LILLIE MARLENE
- [2000.03.09] Violenoue no Hanzai
Provides examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: Her name. Yeah.
- Ambiguous Gender: This goes without saying.
- Bifauxnen: Seriously, even a girl (or gay man) would find her hot.
- Bokukko: An artistic variant, given her image.
- Breakup Breakout: Besides her, what ever happened to fiction?
- Concept Album: "Kusari ni Tsunagareta Tenshi" is an album that contains songs of experimental length and centered around the themes of World War II, Nazi Germany, and a deconstruction of "Lili Marleen", a famous love song at the time. It is about a girl in Germany in World War II. She had the dream of running away with her lover, but he was drafted, and she couldn’t go to war with him since she was a woman.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Her GILLE'LOVES' songs' recordings haven't had the recording technology then.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Her 2000 album has two of them in song. "Sleeping Beauty" and "Usotsuki Cinderella" (Lying Cinderella).
- Gratuitous English: When it comes to making the titles of her work but not so much when considering her lyrics in the songs.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Her GILLE'LOVES vids and her LILLIE MARLENE VHS as a solo artist are hard to find online. Though a number of them are sold in Amazon.jp which some have bought, its content is still not in public domain
- Lady Looks Like a Dude
- Lighter and Softer: The materials released particularly from 2000-2002, in contrast with the ethereal and echo laden songs she's made in the 1990s.
- Mysterious Past: Perhaps, we might not know about her life too soon.
- Narrative Poem: One of her unique qualities. Some songs of hers, in fact.
- The Nineties: Is when her fame started to grow.
- Petite Pride: She seems to flaunt her small-breasted state quite all the time by wearing exclusively male garment. Her chests are just too invisible, even for a female.
- Purple Prose: In Japanese! Abundant kanji, deep words, detailed sentence structures. What her PVs so minimally show, she makes up for it with flowery lyrics and narrations.
- Something about a Rose
- Spell My Name with an S: Her name is stylized in different ways: Lucifer Luscious Violenoue, Luci'fer Luscious Violenoue and LUCI'FER LUSCIOUS Violenoue
- Spoken Word
- The Unpronounceable: "Violenoue", eh? It's pronounced, 'viola-new' or 'viola-nu'... whatever floats your boat.
- Visual Kei
- X Meets Y: There's an interview between Mana and Lucifer. One of the most awesome things to happen in VK history.