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Boredoms (Contrary to popular belief, the band's name is just Boredoms, not The Boredoms) are an avant-garde band from Osaka, Japan formed in 1986. Their wildly varied output is notoriously difficult to pigeonhole, but is usually referred to as noise rock. Like some of Naked City's music, the Boredoms tend to offer sudden and drastic shifts in tempo, genre and mood.

One critic describes the Boredoms as a bit like "a head-on collision between ... free-form Sun Ra's Arkestra and the scatological nihilism of early Butthole Surfers fronted by the hollers and gibbers of a couple of guys who can't decide whether they'd rather be Beastie Boys or Residents. But even that doesn't really describe the sheer sense of otherness that pervades the Boredoms aesthetic"[1] (

They have had a fair amount of success in Japan, but only fleeting popularity in the United States where their style of music is less popular. However, members of Sonic Youth and Nirvana were fans of the band, and they played on the Lollapolooza tour in 1995.

The Boredoms have a vast and sometimes confusing discography. Many band members have rotated through the group over the years, often using a number of various stage names. Singer Yamataka Eye is the closest they have to a front man; his output includes a range of baffling screams, babbling, electronic effects and very heavy post-production. Drummer/singer/trumpeter Yoshimi P-We has been featured on many Boredoms recordings as well.

Having gained much notice in the west after opening for Nirvana for eight consecutive shows in late October and early November of 1993. Two members, Yamatsuka Eye and Yamamoto Seichii, formed a collaboration with Yamazaki Maso of Masonna calling themselves "Triple Yama's."

They once performed a concert where mid-way through a set a bulldozer knocked down half of the building and a dead cow was dumped on stage.


Current activities

The Boredoms have been relatively quiet since the release of Vision Creation Newsun, with members pursuing other projects. Eye oversaw a series of remixes of the Boredoms catologue by guest DJ's, contributing one album himself. In late 2004 the Boredoms released their first album as a group in 4 years, Seadrum/House of Sun, which consists of just two extended tracks, both clocking at around 20 minutes. Along with changing the groups name to V∞redoms (double o written as an infinity symbol), the group's format has changed considerably stripping down to a four person ensemble, with Eye and Yoshimi using keyboards, electronics and singing over two drummers.

It is also to be noted that Yamatsuka Eye has changed his name three times, from Yamatsuka Eye, to Yamantaka Eye, to Yamataka Eye. He also founded the noise band Hanatarash in the 1980s.

Partial Discography

  • 1988 Onanie Bomb Meets the Sex Pistols
  • 1988 Boretronix 1
  • 1989 Boretronix 2
  • 1989 Soul Discharge
  • 1990 Boretronix 3
  • 1992 Wow 2
  • 1993 Pop Tatari
  • 1993 Super Roots
  • 1994 Super Roots 2
  • 1994 Super Roots 3
  • 1995 Chocolate Synthesizer
  • 1995 Super Roots 5
  • 1996 Super Roots 6
  • 1997 Super Roots 7
  • 1998 Super Ae
  • 1999 Super Roots 8
  • 2000 Vision Creation Newsun
  • 2000 Rebore Vol.1
  • 2001 Rebore Vol.2
  • 2001 Rebore Vol.3
  • 2001 Rebore 0: Vision Recreation
  • 2004 Seadrum/House of Sun

Related groups

Akabushi, AOA, Audio Sports, Children Coup d'Etat, Concrete Octopus, Dendoba, Destroy 2, DJ Pica Pica Pica, DMV, Dowser, the Dramatics, Elvis Dust, Flare, Free Kitten, the Geisha Girls, Gong Derby, Goonies, Grind Orchestra, Guillotine Kyodai, Guitoo, Dekoboko Hajime/Yamantaka Eye, Hanadensha, Hanatarash, the Hattifatteners, Hijokaidan, Live Under the Sky, MC Hellshit & DJ Carhouse, Melt-Banana, Minga & Eye, Mystic Fugu Orchestra, Naked City, Nankai Hawkwind, Nimrod, Noise Ramones, Novo Tono, Oh!Moro Video Series, Shinro Ohtake + Eye, Omoide Hatoba, OOIOO, Psycho Baba, solo Yoshimi P-We, Rashinban, Rise from the Dead, Roughage, Rovo, Ruins-Hatoba, Alice Sailor, S.O.B.-Kaidan, Sound Hero, Standing Earth & Touching Air, Sun Kich, Sun PM0:00, Tent, Three Day Stubble, Torture Garden, Tribal Circus, U.F.O. or Die, Universal Errors, the Vickly & the Ohdorockanize, Woods, XOX, solo Yamamoto Seiichi, solo Yamatsuka Eye, Yellowhouse, Yoshimi and Yuka, Z-Rock Hawaii, Karera Musication.

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