When did Angura Kei started?
On the whole, the founding finger gets pointed at the band Kin'niku Shoujo-tai (198X-1996), and its leader Ootsuki Kenji. At the same time as Buck-tick, X and Boowy, Kin-shou were melting their deranged sense of humour over happy pop and heavy rock songs, and this in turn gave rise to not only a brand new genre of Japanese music, but a cult following and an "underground" status. The band, like many others that followed, was immensely popular, but the subject matter was usually deemed to lurid or too bizarre for the mainstream market.
Over the years, "veteran" bands such as Gargoyle and Ningen Isu have helped ground a style of music and image. Towards the end of the 90s, new bands began to incorporate traditional music styles such as enka, min'you, and lullabies into rock and pop music. The result was not only a distinctly "Japanese" sound, but a clear-cut concept of what angura-kei actually was.
Terayama Shuuji (1935-1983) also seems to have had a lot to do with things. As far as the history books are concerned, he was one of Japan's most celebrated tanka poets and playwrights. He was also a cult avant-garde film director, though his fame in this area has mainly stayed underground, and your average Japanese person nowadays has never heard of him. Terayama came out with some of the most surreal and controversial productions this side of WWII, and was one of the first to deal openly with notorious Japanese taboo subjects such as emotional repression, sexual freedom, and the actual war itself.
He also coined phrases such as "atashi wa anata no byouki" (tr: I'm your disease) years before bandage-clad visual fangirls picked up on them and splattered them across the live-house scene. He dealt primarily with the "dark" side of life - the fear, the hate, the revolt and the sheer passion; the primal human emotions that many were afraid to acknowledge. Consequencially, many people at the time turned a blind eye to his works, but there were a few who found a link between what Terayama was striving for, and what they themselves sought to create.
Here, you can start to see where the puzzle fits together. The core of angura-kei, as many see it, is the expression of emotions which are in other ways repressed. To a degree, Terayama's time-trascending works sparked a revival of interest in traditional Japanese art forms and culture amongst younger generations. Bear in mind that we're dealing with a country that's been home to thousands of years of religious, cultural and artistic development. Once people start looking back and digging into traditionalism and occultism, there's almost no limit to the fascinating things they bring up. Now, combine this with music, and... you begin to see where the attraction lies in angura-kei.
Cut to the late 80's, and you find the manga artist Kusumoto Maki creating the visual-hallmark "KissXXXX" series, which ultimately lead to the naming of "visual-kei" and "underground-kei", and a much clearer concept of what both actually were. Clear-cut sub-genres within these two came a little later, and by the mid 90's, bands such as Guruguru Eigakan and Inugami Circus-dan had emerged, bringing with them a successful fusion of the original Kin-shou-style underground style with the Terayama's slightly offbeat view of traditional Japan. Not only does this explain the abundance of geta, kimono, 1940's school uniforms and kabuki paint, but it also makes sense of the presence of all that archaiac Japanese.
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