Kiyoaki Iwamoto [ SOUGI+ ] CD [EM1193CD]
December 1982, Tokyo. Kiyoaki Iwamoto has a guitar, a simple rhythm box, a friend with a bass guitar, and some stripped-down songs, brazen in their post-punk simplicity, irritation and controlled aggression, yet full of sadness and resignation. Five songs, including a rearranged version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” are recorded and released on a now extremely rare 7” record. This release, available on 10” vinyl, CD, or digital download, features those five songs, along with a previously unreleased 1980 live performance by his duo Birei, as well as a 2020 reworking of “Love…”, by the Japanese duo Chisako and Junta. Iwamoto was an enigma, active in the post-punk scene in Japan in the late 70s and early 80s, a member of Birei and founding member of Guys & Dolls with Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz); in the mid-80s he cut contact with his friends, disavowing his name and later performing under a different moniker.
+ Standard jewel case
+ 12-page booklet, obi
+ English liner notes
02. Even If You Can See Hell
03. In the Sad Town
04. Don’t Go Too Far Away
05. Love Will Tear Us Apart
06. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Chisako and Junta Rework)
07. Untitles (Performed by Birei at Shinjuku Koft in April 22, 1980)
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