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ELEKI NO WAKADAISHO (The Young General's Electric Guitar) 1965

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ELEKI NO WAKADAISHO (The Young General's Electric Guitar) 1965
JPN film. Also known as CAMPUS A-GO-GO. "Eleki" is the instrumental electric guitar boom that happened in Japan during the early 1960s. The two biggest stars of Eleki were Yuzo Kayama and Takeshi Terauchi, both of whom star in this film as members of the "Young Beats," a surf-beat combo in the tradition of the Ventures, Dick Dale, the Astronauts, etc.

Yuzo Kayama and Takeshi Terauchi are backed by the Launchers. Their sound is heavily reverbed, overdriven and very aggressive, with lots of pull-offs and hammer-ons and wild, extreme bends. If you dig machine-gun fired 16th and 32nd notes, this is it!

Standout scenes include: a battle of the bands competition (the whole movie revolves around the competition) where a wild girl group in mini skirts and go-go boots look and sound teriffic! Also, a Beatle-wig-wearing group who play great but are up to no good!

Look for several fantastic record store scenes that feature tons of cool looking LP covers, Beatles "Help" posters and totally bitchin' electric guitars on display. The top ten at the record store includes "Help" and "The Cruel Sea" (a Dakotas, sans Billy J., instrumental).

Lots of performance scenes including on stage, in a bus, in a back room, at a restaurant, etc. Tons of songs including, "Yozora no Hoshi," "Black Sand Beach," "Kimi to Itsumademo," "Blonde Jennie," "Blues of Wakadaisyo," and several others. Yuzo Kayama, Takeshi Terauchi, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Yuriko Hoshi, Machiko Naka, Kunie Tanaka. [In Japanese. No Subtitles.] Eleki No Wakadaisho!

NOTE: A Japanese person told me the literal translation of "Wakadaisho" means "Young General" but in the 1960's Yuzo Kayama starred a series of movies now referred to in the west as the "Young Guy" series or... Wakadaisho. Maybe in the 1960s Wakadaisho had an altered meaning when used by kids to refer to "leaders" of rock and roll." If you have legitimate information about this, please let us know.

Update: A Japanese-to-English translation application shows the title to be: "Young the Leader of the Electricity."

Plus this bonus selection...

1960s JAPANESE GROUP SOUNDS MOVIE TRAILERS
Wacky and wild movie trailers for several "Spiders" films. The Spiders were a prominent 1960s "GS" group.


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Yuzo Kayama and Teisco Guitars! Review by Analog-Surf
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I dont know where The Video Beat got the title listed, but "Wakadaisho" means the young man or slang "guy"...Eleki is a 60s slang for electric guitar. Eleki No Wakadaisho - The Young Guy's Electric Guitar.

"The Young Guy" was a series of movies in the 1960s featuring the adventures of Yuichi Tanuma played by actor and idol Yuzo Kayama. "The Young Guy's Electric Guitar" features the character Yuichi Tanuma and his college buddies busy trying to win the college football season, yes - American football and on the side they form a guitar band (The Young Beats) and compete against the college cheer leader's Eleki band and the comedy relief band (The Sharks) which pretend to be the Beatles and are always up to no good.

The movie is in Japanese but don't let that stop you because the plot is real easy to understand. The main attraction of the movie is the focuses on Eleki Music and features 99% Teisco guitars drums and amps. At the end Yuzo breaks out his Mosrite for the final song.

Terauchi Takeshi along with his band The Bunny's pop in and out in the movie but he is not a lead character and the drummer of the (Young Beats) "Yuzo's College Band" was one of the guys on the 1967 Ultraman series...In fact seeing this is a Toho Movie you will see a few actors from the Godzilla series too!

Fun, light on the brain and a trip to the local 1960s record store full of Teisco guitars and the local girls makes it worth watching.

Analog-Surf



(Posted on 12/27/11)

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