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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Maids in Japan


And now...

Weekend Update

with Chevy Chase!

 Why don't we do 
 that thing where 
 I'm blindfolded on 
 the kitchen floor 
 and you feed me 
 seven sweets and 
 and seven sours... 
 and we let Scruffy 

 Ooops... gotta go! 

 Hello, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not. 

 Our top story tonight... 
 Scientists admit that after decades 
 of space exploration there is no 
 sign of intelligent life anywhere in 
 our solar system... earth included. 

 And now, in keeping with our policy to 
 present responsible opposing viewpoints, 
 here with an editorial reply is Emily Litella. 

What's all this fuss I keep hearing...
about "Made in Japan"? Why, there
are many nice things made right here
in the USA, like the cute embroidered
doily I found at a garage sale...

 Miss Litella... 

 and the adorable little
bumble bee brooch
I bought on Etsy.

 Miss Litella... 


 Miss Litella!  

What?... What???

 The topic of this post is 
 Japanese girl bands and the 
 title is Maids in Japan, 
 not made in Japan... 
 Maids in Japan. 

From J-pop to J-rock to J-metal...

Japanese all girl bands are

conquering the Western World.

Here are some of my faves!


Formed in 2005 by guitarist Mina, with Lisa
currently on lead vocals, Tokyo-based
girl band Destrose dishes hard rock
and metal in the grandiose style
of Iron Maiden and Helloween.

"Maze" - Destrose 
(from November 2013
Maxi-single Rin / Maze)



Led by vocalist Saki, another Tokyo
heavy metal girl band called Cyntia
has been making the earth quake
since 2011.

"Run To the Future" - Cyntia
(April 2012 single)


Osaka-based girl band Galmet cranks out
melodic death metal and features the
harsh vocal style of lead singer Mikki.

"Promised Dawn" - Galmet
(from October 2012 album
Dawn of the Rebellion)



Rocking since 2013 and hailing from Fukuoka,
the J-rockers of Bridear deliver power metal
behind the pipes of lead vocalist Kimi.

"Thread of the Light" - Bridear
(from December 2013 album
Overturn the Doom)


Formed in 2008, Osaka band Aldious
performs an electifying brand of
heavy power metal behind their
current lead singer Re:NO.

"Dominator" - Aldious
(from Oct. 2013 Mini-CD
Dominator/I Don't Like Me)


Launched in 2013, the 5-piece Tokyo-based
rock group BAND-MAID called their 2013
debut album MAID IN JAPAN and their
second LP New Beginning. With Saiki on
lead vocals, BAND-MAID aims to thrill.

"Thrill" - BAND-MAID
(November 2015 single
from New Beginning album)

 So you see, Miss Litella... 

 The subject is Japanese girl bands 
 that rock... hence the name 
 Maids in Japan, not Made 
 in Japan... Maids in Japan. 

Oh, well that's quite different...

Never mind!


  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 13, 2017 at 3:13 AM

    This is hilarious! I remember you posting a Saturday Night Live— Weekend Update bit a few years ago when you introduced an Australian girl band. This is another great one— taking us back to SNL's early years in the 70s when the cast contained many future stars and the sketches were truly funny. You did a great job having Chevy Chase and Emily Litella set up the musical guests.

    As you might expect I never heard of any of these Japanese girl bands— and I was all set to turn thumbs down on them— until I listened and realized how good they are. Those women really rock. It’s a shame they don't sing in English but the rock vibe is solid. I think only one of the bands does a death growl— the others rock hard without coming across as too heavy. This was a lot of fun— a clever mix of nostalgic humor and brand new—to—me rock sounds from Maids in Japan!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you very much for being the lead-off hitter for this post.

      You have an excellent memory. Two years ago, I used Chevy and Gilda to introduce the Australian sister band known as Stonefield:

      Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella was one of my favorite recurring characters on the original SNL and her drop-ins on the Weekend Update news segment were consistently funny. In today's episode, Chevy’s proposed reenactment of the iconic feeding frenzy scene from 9½ Weeks (consuming seven sweets and seven sours) leads me to believe that his girlfriend is Pennsylvania Dutch. :)

      I'm delighted that you chose to give these J-metal bands a fair shake and found that you like them. Yessum, the lead singer of the melodic death metal band Galmet sings with a death growl and the other acts use clean lead vocals. These women have pretty voices and, if you stripped away the heavy metal instrumental backing, they would easily fit into the J-Pop ensembles that cater to the younger set. My favorite bands in this batch are the last four - Galmet, Bridear, Aldious and Band-Maid, because they rock a little harder and heavier than the first two - with an aggressive style of metal that is music to my ears.

      Thank you again for being the early bird, Kathryn, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  2. I miss Gilda Radner.
    I've heard of most of those bands. Funny how a couple of them have a definite 80's metal vibe. The others are very thrash. Good for them!
    Fun choices for today, Shady.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks a lot for popping over today, good buddy. I was hoping you'd like what you see and hear in this post and I am excited to know I was right.

      While I admire the first band, Destrose, for following in the footsteps of classic bands that include Iron Maiden, the Brit band that helped pioneer the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the German metal band Helloween, founded in the mid 80s, I do prefer the sound of the thrashers in this bunch.

      Yep, Gilda Radner left us much too soon. She was an extraordinary comedic actress and is missed.

      I'm delighted to know you dug these sounds and had fun, Alex. Thanks again for coming!

  3. Gilda Radner! I loved her. My favorite character was Rosanna Roaseannadanna. I still think those were SNL's best years. The Coneheads! The show now just is not anywhere close to being as funny as it was in the 70s, in my opinion.

    Re: these Japanese girl bands: wow, they are sure heavy metal! I think too heavy for me this early in the morning. I did like Aldious: lead singer Re:NO is good. And the last group, Band-Maid I enjoyed. Cyntia was good too: the lead singer Saki has a nice voice.
    I was impressed with Galmet's guitar work and was really starting to get into it...and then the death growling started and it lost me. I just can't handle that vocal styling.

    I must say, this post sure woke me up this morning! :)
    Thanks for the introduction to these adventurous Japanese girl bands!

    Have a great Thursday...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thanks so much for coming by, dear friend. I am happy to see you!

      Yessum, I watched SNL from the very beginning, and I agree that the 70s and 80s were great years for the show.
      There were some classic sketches during that period and the series spawned many major stars. Remember Gilda in "The Nerds" sketch as Lisa Loopner opposite Bill Murray as Todd and the great line "That's so funny I forgot to laugh"?

      So who needs strong black coffee first thing in the morning when you have these J-metal girl bands to wake you up? :) I realize that in some cases, it was a rude awakening, like having a bucket of ice water poured over your head. :) Whenever I post heavy metal I keep expectations low. I am actually pleased that you enjoyed a few of the bands and their songs. The death growling is music to my ears, but I realize it is not to everybody's liking.

      I'm so pleased you checked in and checked out these Maids In Japan, dear friend Michele. Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. I don't think Japanese girls bands are going to be something I'll run across in my everyday listening!

    Those early years of SNL were the only ones I ever watched. Priceless! :D

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for dropping in for a heaping helping of Japanese girl metal. I don't think I will be listening to these specific artists on a regular basis either, but I enjoyed being exposed to them. I do enjoy metal, have a growing collection of it, and especially like all girl metal bands like Kittie and female-fronted "beauty and the beasts" lineups like those found in many European bands and a few here in the U.S. such as Butcher Babies and In This Moment. (ITM has a highly anticipated new album coming out this month.)

      I'm glad you have fond memories of the golden years of Saturday Night Live. Mrs. Shady and I bailed out on the series at the end of the 80s.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Kelly!

    2. I'll admit that some Kittie has ended up in my music library! Not really by my choice, but there are a few songs I enjoy. :)

    3. Hi, Kelly!

      That's mysterious. Are you saying that a phantom heavy metal fan added Kittie to your playlist without your knowledge and consent? :) Don't be surprised if you find yourself liking this stuff someday. For decades I stuck to my Shady Dell oldies of the 50s and 60s and never even dreamed that I'd like extreme metal or gangsta rap. Yet it happened. I caught the fever and now those two categories are represented in my personal CD collection. :)

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend Kelly, and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

    4. There was a time when I obliged a "death metal" fan in my family by downloading music for them. While I still struggle with "vocals" (and I use that term loosely), I love many of the instrumental pieces. My favorite is probably Elysium by Chelsea Grin.

      I'm always open-minded, especially when it comes to music!

    5. Hi again, Kelly!

      Thanks for explaining what happened. It's good to know you are open-minded when it comes to music. Some of my most exciting discoveries have come in recent years after I opened my mind and decided to explore music categories I had avoided all my life. These include modern dance-pop, rap, metal and British girl groups of the 60s.

      I really appreciate your willingness to share here on SDMM, dear friend Kelly. Thanks again and have a fantastic day!

  5. Sheesh, Shady! You really socked it to us today! These Japanese girl bands rock! Great guitar players and drummers! And, I like the big hair styles, especially in the group, Cyntia.

    Although, I don't like the 'growling' vocals, Galmet's "Promised Dawn" is a good tune. The guitar work is very impressive, and the drummer in Bridear is fantastic. I've always heard that the drummer actually carries the rhythm and beat of a song, and the rest of the group has to maintain and keep the beat. Good job on "Thread of the Light"!

    All of these groups are pretty great, even in another language, and, do give back to some of the 80's power groups! I do have a favorite...Destrose girls have such a powerful energy and stage presence! The vocals are perfect, and the band is musically sound! These girls RULE!

    Loved, seeing Chevy and Gilda together. What a great group of entertainers during those days on SNL! Gilda is so missed, she was always a favorite of mine.

    This is one fantastic post, Shady! You found a pretty talented bunch of ladies! Thank you for presenting us with some of the best music there is! And, thank you for being a great blogmate! Have a great evening! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging by for a heaping helping of metal served up by these iron maidens from various parts of Japan!

      I am astounded to be getting so many favorable comments about this type of music. Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised. When I met Mrs. Shady in the 80s she was strictly a folk music kind of person - Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul & Mary, etc. She seemed to hate everything else I was into. When 90s grunge and alternative rock came along, she shocked me by embracing bands like Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails. Now she seems open to just about any style except the most extreme forms of metal. These girl bands certainly do not fit into that category. I am happy to know that you appreciated the drumming and guitar work turned in by these J-girls (along with their big hair :).

      I am also pleased to know that you enjoyed this flashback to the golden years of Saturday Night Live when Chevy Chase looked young and boyish and Gilda Radner was still with us. John Belushi and Phil Hartman are two other great SNL comic legends who died too soon and are greatly missed today.

      Talk about great blogmates... you must be looking in the mirror, dearie, because I was thinking the exact same thing about you. Thanks a million for hustling over here on day one and for composing this wonderful comment, Suzanne. Give Scootie a big hug for me and enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!

  6. Wow you really stepped up or out in the music game.
    These bands are so different from the sweet sailor or school outfits pretty girl bands of today.
    I miss the good old talented SNL, Gilda, John Belushi Dan Aykroyd, The Blues Brothers and my family favorite Land Shark ! ! !

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      I'm very pleased to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming over for a visit as I present Band-Maid and an assortment of other rockin' girl bands from Japan.

      Yessum, these ladies pull no punches.
      They play authentic hard rock and metal. Yet, if you took 5 of those 6 lead singers, dressed them in schoolgirl costumes and placed them in one of the Japanese "baby" bands, their pretty voices would fit right in. They are basically pop singers with hard rockin' instrumental backing.

      I'm happy to know you remember and miss the glory years of Saturday Night Live. Land Shark was one of my favorite bits, too, and Dan Aykroyd was one of my very favorite performers of the troupe. His imitation of Jack Webb in Dragnet was priceless.

      Thanks again for coming over to experience the post and chat awhile, dear friend Gayle. Please give thehamish a big smooch for me!

  7. Late 1960's and Early 1970's and all of 1980's was still very funny to me ... But not so much the following ... Glad you enjoyed, friend Shady ... Love always, chris.

    1. Hi cat!

      I am very happy to see you, my dear Canadian friend. Welcome back!

      I'm glad you agree with Mrs. Shady and me that SNL was at its funniest and best in its early years, the 70s and 80s. FYI - some of the top SNL players during those glory years were Canadian: Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman and Martin Short.

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at the post, dear friend cat, and have a safe and happy weekend!

    2. I have stopped watching TV about 4 years ago ... and am quite happy with my choice so far, friend Shady ... as I refuse to be contaminated ... I like good humor though ... a lot ... will never forget The Church Lady Dana ... smiles ... Love always, cat.

    3. Hi, cat!

      Thanks for returning to chat, dear friend!

      You will be happy to know that I have SNL favorite Dana Carvey scheduled to appear in several upcoming posts on SDMM, so stay tuned.

      Enjoy your week, dear friend cat!

  8. Tom,

    Loved the SNL take-off! Those were the good ole days for late night TV with Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner. :) Heavy metal isn't my thang but I gave these "Maids in Japan" bands a listen. All of them are excellent musicians. My least favorite vocally speaking is Galmet. Maybe it's just this song or do they use that voice changing gizmo for all their songs? I really don't like that. It sounds evil. *pull covers over head* The cutest lead singer is Saki of Cynthia. I think my favorite vocalist might be Aldious leader singer Re:No. Really super interesting introduction to all new-to-me groups. Thanks for sharing and excellent job, my friend. Have a good weekend!

    1. Hi, Cathy!

      I am very excited to see you, dear friend. Thank you for coming by!

      Your comment is excellent, Cathy. I believe it is a valuable experience to study different styles of mewsic, foreign and domestic, not only our favorite ones. To some (like me) heavy metal was an acquired taste. To others it will never be palatable. It doesn't help that these songs are performed in Japanese rather than English but, as I stated, it is educational to learn about the popular bands and songs in other countries. These J-girl bands were all brand new to me as well. I am delighted to know that you found value in some aspects of their performances.

      i am also tickled to know that you share my fond memories of the early years of SNL when the cast included all those talented young comics, some of them destined to become super stars and, sadly, some destined to die young.

      Thank you again for taking time for a visit this week, dear friend Cathy. I wish you and DH a safe and happy weekend!

    2. Tom,

      I agree mewsic of all genres is educational and one shouldn't be quick to cast judgement on the unknown. That's all too easy to do, too. I'm guilty of doing it but am trying to remain open-minded to new experiences through sound. Have a good week, my friend!

    3. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for adding to our conversation. When I think back to how little I knew about mewsic when I started this blog it makes me shudder. I enjoy learning right along with you. Over the years I have greatly expanded my mewsical horizons.

      Thanks again and enjoy your week, dear Cathy!

  9. Thanks for the smile and laugh, dear friend Shady. I love the classic Saturday Night Live, especially Chevy and Gilda Radner. They always cheer me up.

    I can't say I've ever listened to any of these J-bands, but I definitely want to check out more! I love J-metal and J-pop. Have you listened to Dir En Grey and Baby Metal? Chek them out. :)

    Have a great weekend, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for coming over to see and hear these J-rockers. It's good to know you like the genre. Yessum, I am familiar with Babymetal and have seen some of their videos, but I did not know about the extreme horror rock of Dir En Grey. Having just watched their videos for "Obscure" and "Agitated Screams of Maggots" I have all the proof I need that the metal I post on SDMM is mild and mainstream compared to the highly disturbing images presented in those Dir En Grey videos. The list of music categories into which Dir En Grey falls includes "experimental metal" and "extreme metal" and I can understand why. It's art to me, however. Many of today's horror movies contain similar images as does the hit TV series American Horror Story.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoy the classic lineup of talent that made SNL great in those early years.

      Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend JM, and enjoy your weekend!

  10. Hi Tom! I've never heard nor thought about Japanese girl bands, how did you find them? The only time I listened to an Asian singer was during college at Korean language class, a friend of mine had a crush for a Korean pop star ,Kim Jong-Kook ,very handsome indeed,and was always singing his song at class😄 Thanks for sharing this piece of music completely unknown to me. Have a beautiful weekend!

  11. Hi, Katia!

    I am very happy to see you, my dear Italian friend. Thank you for joining me today!

    I love to expose you to new types of music.
    Keep in mind that I am learning along with you because these J-girl bands were all new to me until a few months ago when I found them on YouTube. I forget what I was originally searching for, but I am glad I discovered and explored this music category.

    A few months ago I introduced the Korean girl group KARA. It marked the first time I posted K-pop on SDMM. In the months before you rejoined my blog circle, I also posted Romanian dance-pop for the very first time, and I have also posted quite a lot of European heavy metal, mainly Scandinavian and German bands.

    I'm happy to know you had fun learning something new today, dear friend Katia. Thank you again for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  12. Chevy Chase, were you really that young? Oh yes, I remember that time know, when we were all that young! You manage to find the different music to expand our minds and these ladies fit the bill! Heavy metal is not my fav as you know but I listened to each and the talent is there along with the costumes! Thanks for bringing something new on board. I hope your weekend was great and this coming week is good too. Take care Shady!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you very much for spending part of your weekend with me here in the Shady.

      I appreciate the fact that you took time to sample each of these Japanese girl bands and found value in them, even though metal isn't your style.

      I am also happy to know you remember boyish Chevy Chase and the other young and talented players who made SNL great in its early years. Mrs. Shady and I haven't watched the program since the period when Tina Fey was doing the news, so it has been quite a while.

      Thank you again for making time for a visit and for spreading cheer with your comment, dear friend YaYa. I wish you and your clan a safe and happy week ahead!

  13. That was one amazing segue in your post, Shady. Chevy and Gilda were quite a team, weren't they? I haven't heard of these Maids in Japan, but I did ask my Google Home to play some Japanese music the other night and there wasn't a lute in a single song. Thanks for the names of the bands. I'll have some specific albums to ask Google Home for now.

    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      Thank you very much for reporting in this week and especially for this great comment. I love it when friends take a little extra time to share a bit more about their lives and tastes.

      Yessum, the chemistry among the various players and characters on SNL in its early years yielded classic sketches like the Emily Litella drop-ins on Weekend Update With Chevy Chase. Emily Litella was an older, hard-of-hearing woman but, as you probably recall, Gilda was also sensational at portraying girls in their teens and pre-teens.

      It must be fun to play "stump the band" with your Google Home and find out what it does and does not know about bands such as these.

      I'm glad you had fun today and I thank you once again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend C-Lee!

  14. I love your SNL skit here which made me remember how good the weekend update was back then. These songs are not my cup of tea but I am surprised how some are quite good and good for you to showcase not only women in this genre but women from Japan

    1. Hi, BB!

      I just found your comment and appreciate it very much, dear friend!

      I'm happy to know you remember those great early years of Weekend Update With Chevy Chase and that you got a giggle out of my latest version of the sketch.

      I am also pleased to know you found value in some of these Japanese girl rock bands.

      Thank you very much for taking a look and a listen, dear friend Birgit!


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