Japan has a reputation for being strange and eccentric, which is really shown in their music industry. While there are "normal" acts with bland videos, Japanese artists really know how to crank up the wackiness.
Let's check out some of the strange music videos to have come out of Japan.
My Dragon is the playful alter ego for the Kiryu visual kei band. "Nijigen Complex" features the group crossdressing as characters from fairy tales. It's pretty hypnotic.
"Nice Peace" is a nice, sentimental song about world peace...that is sung by an older gentleman in a sailor school dress frolicking around with children.
It's not often that a parody song has a lot of effort put into it, but who can so no to those green leaves?
You don't associate Japan with yodeling about chickens.
Aka, the "Numa Numa Song." This Romanian song became a worldwide meme during the infancy of the internet, but there were plenty of music video parodies. This one features cats getting drunk off milk to the song, because that has to be the secret meaning.
Some people really love vegetables.
I don't really know, but the distubing baby thing is something else.
There is a lot of things happening visually and sonically. The song and music video changes genres at least 3 times, but the weirdest has to be when the group sprouts extra heads.
What sets WORLD ORDER apart is their visual performances, which are hypnotic.
Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu is everyone's first experience to the world strange Japanese music videos. She has a high energy style that is hard to match. Like, just pick any of her videos and you'll be in for a strange ride.
These blokes are very bizarre, but they make some really catchy music.
What are your favorite strange Japanese music videos?
Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry. Feel free to connect with him on GoBoiano Social.