by carl wilson

Well, So Much for That Idea

Yuki: In Japan, they have understood 'bad bands' all along.

Bad Bands: An Idea Whose Time Has Come - To Be Mangled Beyond Recognition. It's all right, though. I think only a couple-dozen people ever got this one. (The dismemberment of Torontopia, an idea hundreds of people understood, has been much more painful.) Double-capital-B Bad Bands should be much less like Bunchoffuckingoofs and much more like White Noise.

Everyone: Stop telling the Internet your good ideas. They're not safe there.

Coca-Cola: Stop stealing whatever is left. (Although the Jack White Coke ad is very good - perhaps my favourite White Stripes anything since the Gondry Lego video, and even better than the same director's original take on the idea, which you still ought to watch. Who can tell me more about Yuki?)

| Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, April 19 at 04:32 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (12)




Posted by KarlikSuka1 on May 18, 2006 02:13 PM



My comment was a joke too, Carl. It was a too-subtle reference to the later-mentioned thread re: Final Fantasy's album title, wherein somebody said they liked it better after Carl from Zoilus explained it to them, and somebody else responded by posting photos of brain-washing cult-leaders. Which was the funniest part of that whole thread, outrageous as that charge is.

Posted by David on April 24, 2006 11:26 AM



I have a burned copy of the Yuki album that video is from. The album is called Commune and unfortuntately the single doesn't do justice to the rest of the record. The steel guitar may give a hint that it is a melange but a couple of songs actually rock out and my favourite is a lovely dubbly reggae tune.

Posted by Kevin on April 20, 2006 02:54 PM



My comment was a joke :) It'd be hell of ironic if I believed what I wrote.

Posted by Greg on April 20, 2006 02:53 PM



PS - Actually, "The End of Shite" is indeed a better album title than "He Poos Clouds." But only because it's my new favourite album title of ever.

Posted by zoilus on April 20, 2006 01:20 PM



Huh? Somewhere here the comments took an ugly turn. Believe what you believe, kids, that's what me and my camp counsellors always said.

And the Internet thing was, um, kind of an obvious joke, wasn't it? What is this site but somebody telling their ideas to the Internet?


Posted by zoilus on April 20, 2006 01:18 PM



"The End of Shite" is arguably a better album title than "He Poos Clouds". But the jury is still out - at least until Carl tells us what to believe. . .

Posted by David on April 20, 2006 12:10 PM



"Everyone: Stop telling the Internet your good ideas. They're not safe there."

Seconded. In fact, if you ever have a good idea, don't tell anyone ever. Then when it's "stolen" you can brood quietly to yourself about how you had that idea first, and you would've executed it better anyways.

Posted by Greg on April 20, 2006 12:55 AM



Just for you Carl, today's translation practice has been aimed at Yuki's entry on the Japanese edition of Wikipedia. (

The information is as creditable as any other wikipedia entry, but in this case any errors are likely my own.


Yuki (born Feb 17, 1972) is a singer/songwriter from the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido, and formerly vocalist with “Judy and Mary”. Her real name is Yuki Kuramochi (born Isoya). She graduated from a private girl’s school. Her blood type is A. She has worked as a bus tour guide. Her father is a former elementary school principal. She is attached to Epic Records Japan, and Sony Music Artists, Inc.

With an inimitable vocal style and powerful singing voice, Yuki has won popularity across a wide range of age-groups. More than a few [Japanese] female indie-rock vocalists got started out of the desire to _be like Yuki_.

After the dissolution of Judy and Mary, Yuki made her solo debut in 2002, attracting public attention with moves such as slashing her hair for a new image and putting her own orthondontic work on the jacket of a CD single.

Her husband is Yo-King (Yōichi Kuramochi) of the Magokoro Brothers, who she married in September, 2000. In 2003, she gave birth to a son, but the child died in March, 2005, at the age of 1 year, 11 months. The death was diagnosed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Refusing to bow to her loss, Yuki sank her energies into her singing career and in 2005 released more singles than any other year on average.

(discography etc.)

Yuki’s solo debut “the end of shite” carried on the legacy of rock-influenced music from Judy and Mary, but she has since moved in a pop direction. Since “Harogubai (Hello Goodbye)” songwriting duties have been handed over to Kōichi Tsutaya of Cannabis (Warner).

(backup musicians etc.)

Related Projects:
• NiNa
• Chara
• Glay


For more in English, you can check out these fansites

Posted by Stephen Robertson on April 19, 2006 11:44 PM



I can tell you this about Yuki.

She fucking rules.

Not only is the song the best slice of japanese pop this side of Shokichi Kina (the best thing to ever come of okinawa after pickled piglet tripe). But that video is so fucking awasome. Now where can i get the X-rated version......

SO sad about the village voice Chuck E. writing is terrific and i've always found the dean of american rock critics entertaining. Maybe they can get a job writing for pitchfork.

Posted by guy tanentzapf on April 19, 2006 06:40 PM



Sorry, yes, "the same director" is exactly what I meant. In fact I am now going to change it to read that way.

Posted by zoilus on April 19, 2006 05:55 PM



I almost fell off my chair when I hit your site and saw that Yuki video. I had forgotten all about since seeing it on some Res magazine DVD ages ago. The song is just so annoying, but I kept watching to see how the video would turn out.

Is that Coke ad by the same director? Like the Apple/Postal Service episode that tuened out, as I suspected, to be the same director, I can't imagine someone would steal a concept this completely.

Posted by angryrobot on April 19, 2006 05:54 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson