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Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Dec. 4, 2016! David Bowie, Su Ko D Koi (Japan), Lover, David and The Curse!

It’s time once again for the Top 3 Indies Artist Video Countdown. The Top 3 best Indies and Alternative Music artists for the week of Dec. 4, 2016!

First up is a band named David and The Curse. David Stücken is the driving force behind LA-based rock band David and The Curse. Their debut album entitled, “An Epitaph For Love” is due out in early 2017. This is a hot track that’s getting lots of airplay on my radio show, Rakuten Superrr Radio. This song is a bonafide hit (and the video features some hot babes!) Here’s their Facebook page too, if you’re interested:

#3) David and The Curse – She Loves The Night

At #2 is a band from London named Lover. This is the second time they have appeared on the countdown this year. This is their latest single called, “White Bears.” Lover is fronted by Sarah and the goal of the band is to, “Make dark and strange appealing.” I like this a lot as it has a definite glam streak to it. They have a Facebook page and it has lots of interesting content. Go check it out:

#2) Lover – White Bears

At #1 this week is a video by Mick Rock. It is a rework of the 1973 Life on Mars video. Normally, I wouldn’t put this on the Top 3 because it is not a new song or artist, but , well. It’s BOWIE! David Bowie! Bowie is god! So what else is there to say? Of course there’s a tons of Bowie fan sites on Facebook and all over the map. Go check it out. This remix/remaster is OK… Interesting… But I think I still prefer the original.

#1) David Bowie – Life On Mars (2016 Mix)

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today’s Spotlight Artist is one of my favorite Japanese girl’s punk band’s of all time. Their name is Su凸ko D凹koi (Just say, “Su Ko D Koi”) They are releasing their first full album on Jan. 11, 2017! AND they are going to be guests on my radio show, “WTF?” tomorrow morning (Dec. 4, 2016)… Not only that, they will headline at our free New Year’s Party (tickets are free, but you have to have a reservation! If you want to g, see information below the video! 

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Su凸ko D凹koi (すっとこどっこい) 「ブス」    

That’s all for today! See you next week when we return to the Top 3 Indies Artist Videos Countdown. See ya! – Mike in Tokyo Rogers

Mike & Taro’s New Year’s party! Jan 23, 2017 from 7 pm at Shibuya Milkyway. Featuring Su Ko D Koi, The Stephanies, The Pats Pats. Tons of presents and surprises too! Wanna go? It’s free but you need to reserve a ticket

Mike & Taro とパーティーしましょう!「2017!新年会!」
2017年月1月23日(月)@Shibuya Milkyway
OPEN/START 18:30 / 19:15
ADV/DAY Invitation Only 1D¥600
お問い合わせ:Shibuya Milkyway 03-6416-3227

Get one here:

2017 New Year's Party

                                         2017 New Year’s Party


About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties. He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the crappy but legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.). As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.) Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs and several of Japan’s highest rated and most famous radio programs. A recent hit program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.  He is currently producing and hostingWTF?” the hugely popular Sunday live show on InterFM 89.7 as well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s  Power Morning everyday Mon. ~ Fri. 6 am ~ 10 am. As well as Rakuten Superrr Radio’s Power Evening Mon. ~ Fri. 5 pm ~ 8 pm. And His life’s dream is “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story” which will be released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan in Oct. 2017.

Oh, and Mike drinks too much.




Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Nov. 27, 2016! Flyying Colours! The Regrettes, The Future Babes, Twinkle Twinkles (Japan)!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Nov. 19, 2016! Garage Rockin’ Craze (Japan)! Spitfires! Orwells! Maddy Jane!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Nov. 12, 2016! Suzy Blu, Candy Ditches (Japan), RPMs, Seth Bogart!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Oct. 29, 2016! Love Zombies, Louise Distras, NØISE, Shonen Knife!

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Oct. 22, 2016! The Shit, Honeyblood, Black Honey, Spam69 (Japan)

Top 3 Indies Artist Videos for Oct. 15, 2016! Chris Catalyst, Suzy Blu, Garbage, Su Ko D Koi (Japan)

Top 3 Videos for Oct. 2, 2016! Dwarf! Sandinistas! Pats Pats (Japan), The Coathangers!

Top 3 Videos for Sept. 24, 2016! The Rock N Roll Summit 2016 at Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan!

Top 3 Videos for Sept. 17, 2016! Dog Party, Kinoko Hotel (Japan) Lovely Eggs, Peach Kelli Pop!

Top 3 Videos for Sept. 3, 2016! Big Jesus, Suzy Blu, Peach Kelli Pop, The Mackshow (Japan)!

Top 3 Videos for Aug. 27, 2016! Hands Off Gretel, Death Valley Girls, Stephanies (Japan), Summer Twins!

Top 3 Videos for Aug. 13, 2016! Black Honey, Mirror Trap, Spam 69 (Japan), Rock ‘n’ Roll Monkey & the Robots!

Top 3 Videos for Aug. 6, 2016! The Whereabouts, Guitarwolf, Mirror Trap, Dog Party!


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Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Jan. 14, 2015 – David Bowie Tribute!

Welcome friends! It’s time once again for the Cool & Strange Music Countdown! It’s been a sad week this week due to the passing of one of the greatest stars of the 20th and 21st centuries. You all know I am talking about the death of David Bowie.

Bowie so influenced my life. When I was a teenager, David Bowie was just about all I ever listened to. I did listen to other music, of course, but no one ever touched my life or enthralled me like Bowie did. I wanted to be like him and even look like him.

He taught me that it was OK to be different and that everyone is special. I got high with him, laughed and screamed with him, sang with him and dreamed with him…

And, on Jan. 11, 2016, Bowie made me remember how to cry again.

This is the Cool & Strange Music countdown. And what could be cooler than David Bowie or stranger than he? Today, I want to share with you some of David Bowie’s music, art, fashions and some of the really fantastic and bizarre videos he made.

There’s so many great Bowie videos that I couldn’t possibly list them all. This first video is a great start as it has an interesting story. It was 1972 and David Bowie was breaking big in England. David Bowie was the first rock star of the seventies. Before him, all the bands were remainders from the sixties and the Vietnam War and the Hippie movement. Bowie came out with outrageous red hair, and androgynous look and spandex clothes. He looked totally different from all other rock stars. He appeared on “Top of the Pops” with the Spiders from Mars (His band from “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”). This was the moment the Bowie became a superstar. Watch carefully as he captured an entire nation of British girls when he points at the camera (at about 1:35) and sings, “I had to phone someone so I picked on you-u-u-u!” Every girl in the UK fell in love with him at that very moment because he was talking directly to them. A heart-throb not seen since the likes of silent film superstar Rudolph Valentino was born.

#4) David Bowie – Starman

In the late eighties, I was programming the music videos for a TV show here in Japan. When I received the list of possible videos that I could select from, I found this official version of “Jean Genie.” I inserted it into the playlist. Later, I would receive complaints from some people at the station for “playing too many old videos.” I also received massive accolades (mostly from women viewers) about this video and how, even after all those years, Bowie was still so fashionable and cool. I was redeemed. It’s still way cool now! Check it

#3) David Bowie – Jean Genie

Many Bowie videos were so artistically done that they belong in a category by themselves. Here is a classic Bowie track with the bizarre video that looks like something out of a dream. Pay special attention to the characters in this video. Who are they? Why are they there? What does it all mean? I especially was floored by the appearance of his “mom”(?) at about 3:12. It seems like an experience we all had in our lives; our mothers trying to convince us to change our ways. Or, maybe in Bowie’s case, she is trying to convince him to “come back to earth.” Wow! What an imagination!

#2) David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes

Last night, as I lay in bed. I could hear my son practicing piano upstairs. He won second place in the All-Japan Piano Finals so he is no slouch on the keyboard. He will be playing at Japan’s version of Carnegie Hall in March. You can imagine the tears I shed when I heard him playing this next song and singing. He only plays classical piano, but I think, someday, it will matter that the first rock song he has ever played on the piano in his life is Bowie’s “Life on Mars.”

“Life on Mars” was directed by the world famous photographer, Mick Rock. I guess I can say that the closest I ever came to Bowie was that Mick Rock’s wife, Sheila Rock, a famous photographer in her own right, has also taken my photo! I think if there ever just one Bowie song I could take to heaven, it would be this. What style and fashion! What great lyrics and what a touching song.

#1) David Bowie – Life On Mars

Thank you David Bowie! I love you! Even in your death, you are with me and a guiding light to do greater things than myself.

See you next week!


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Past issues of:

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 29, 2015 – Eddie Murphy, Messer Chups, Vladimir Putin!

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 21, 2015 – Bennie Melwin, Cambodian Space Project, The Rebel Scumbags

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 15, 2015 – Hexstatic, Stan Freberg, Mary Schneider, The Fancs Brothers!

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 8, 2015 (Messer Fur Frau Muller, Eliert Pilarm, Zlad)

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 1, 2015 (Mrs. Miller, Ray Stevens, Barnes & Barnes)


Goodbye David Bowie

Goodbye, David Bowie….

You were the very first that made me crazy about one rock star and not just one song…

You were the first one that made me understand what “music makes me high” meant…

You were the one that made me hate my dark and wavy hair: I wanted to have straight blonde hair so I could make it orange…

Because of you, I stayed indoors and never got a suntan in my entire life; that is why at nearly 60 today, I have no wrinkles.

You were also the one who showed me that it was OK not to be the most popular boy in school and to be different and to be myself. ……..

For many years, David Bowie made me laugh and scream and sing and dream… Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, he made me remember how to cry again.

David Bowie, I love you.

You changed my life.

I will never forget.


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