Solo project by Yoshiki Hayashi that has spanned over 10 years of work. Arguably a Casting Couch, but has produced some very interesting solo music. Violet UK has produced music for, among others, the movies "Catacombs" ("Blue Butterfly,"), Repo! The Genetic Opera ("VUK-R"), Goemon ("Rosa"), a Japanese news station ("Blue Sky Heaven"), as well as a series of previous songs that were performed in a 2002 symphonic concert (one of which, "Unnamed Song," was Covered Up by X Japan vocalist Toshi in his 2010 farewell solo live).Provides Examples of:
Angst: It wouldn't *be* a Yoshiki Hayashi project without it. Much of the angst is about lost love...
Anyone Can Die: Originally Violet UK was meant to be the "Second X Japan," X Japan with hide as the lead vocalist. When hide died, these plans for the fusion fell apart, and Yoshiki reinvisioned the project to be fashion and music, with each new song being his experience with Love Hurts, written for Toshi's voice but given to a group of female singers.
Brains and Bondage: Blind Dance, and Blue and Blind are not your usual Obligatory Bondage Songs. They are far more subtle and nuanced than the usual take on this trope, and Blind Dance full version is comparable to Art of Life.
But Not Too Foreign: Played straight and defied at the same time. Violet UK has had only one Japanese vocalist (two if you count Toshi's covering two songs), and it seems a prerequisite for vocalists to be female, thin, modelesque, European, and preferably blonde (though Nicole Scherzinger was an exception for European and blonde) almost to the degree of Unfortunate Implications. Therefore the trope is played straight for Hollywood, but defied for Japan.
The Immodest Orgasm: In the full version of Blind Dance, someone's having this complete with a Cluster F-Bomb. Yoshiki's moaning/panting during the drum solo in Sex And Religion might also qualify.
Improbably Female Cast: In regard to Visual Kei at least - aside from Yoshiki himself, Toshi covering a couple of songs, and Sugizo guest starring on guitar once, Violet UK is mostly female members at least in stage performance.
Performance Video: Only one actual one exists - Confusion/White Poem II, and it's more of a video full of film clips than performance. There is a video for Sex and Religion that is allegedly fanmade but has some very high production value and has archival footage from Yoshiki's collection that hadn't widely circulated the internet outside it - leading to some speculation that the video was either made by Yoshiki himself/his in-house video staff and given to a staffer posing as a fan to post/the account posting it was his Sock Puppet, or that the fan was a high-level kankeisha who was either given the footage or the video.