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The band's current lineup

Ogre You Asshole are a Japanese Post-Punk band, formed in 2001 and named after a quote from Revenge of the Nerds. Though they have certainly garnered attention for their outlandish name, they've maintained a loyal fanbase with their dreamy, melodic guitar pop and their consistent album and EP release schedule since 2005. The band are heavily influenced by Modest Mouse, as well as Fugazi, Talking Heads, and Gang of Four, among others.


Independent Releases

  • 1st Demo (Demo EP, 2005)
  • Tanishi (Single, 2005)
  • Ogre You Asshole (Full-length LP, 2005)
  • Heiken wa Sayuu Gyaku no Kitai (Mini-album, 2006)
  • Alphabeta vs. Lambda (Full-length LP, 2007)
  • Shiranai Aizu Shiraseru Ko (Mini-album, 2008)

Signed with VAP

  • Pinhole (Single, 2009)
  • Foglamp (Full-length LP, 2009)
  • Ukarete Iru Hito (Mini-album, 2010)
  • Homely (Full-length, 2011)
  • 100 Nengo (Full-length, 2012)
  • Confidential (B-sides and remixes compilation, 2013)
  • Papercraft (Full-length, 2014)
  • everythingsomethingnothing (Full-length, 2016)

This band provides examples of:

  • Alternative Rock
  • Dull Surprise: Singer Manabu Deto sounds somewhat tired when he sings. And it works.
  • Epic Rocking:
    • "Wiper" from Foglamp lasts a good 8 and 1/2 minutes. Half of it is a repetitious instrumental outro.
    • They call live versions of "Rope" the "long version" for a reason.
  • Gratuitous English: Surprisingly, only certain album and song titles are English words (E.G. "Coin Laundry", "Balance", Foglamp, Homely). Their lyrics almost exclusively stick to Japanese.
  • Japanese Pop Music: An occasional comment around the internet will cite them as proof that Japan can rock.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Manabu Deto's singing voice is sleepy and monotone.
  • Post-Punk
  • Self-Titled Album: The band's eponymous debut.
  • Shout-Out: The band is named after a quote from Revenge of the Nerds, though this was not intentional. Original drummer Arata Nishi asked Modest Mouse bassist Eric Judy after a gig to name his band, but Judy was too drunk, so he just wrote "Ogre You Asshole" on Nishi's arm. OYA wouldn't find out the origin of the statement until six years later at the latest, when they also named their second full-length album, Alphabeta vs. Lambda, after the Revenge of the Nerds films.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Wiper" and "Balance" do this in their latter halves.