Rockbrat Live Review: Show-Ya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan – Saturday 17 December 2011

Being a girl-band geek lifer, it was only a matter of time before I zeroed in on Show-Ya. Although I had picked up one of their CD's some years back, they had vanished from my rock n roll radar - until I relocated back to Japan about a year ago. There is much to like … Continue reading Rockbrat Live Review: Show-Ya, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan – Saturday 17 December 2011

What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Show-Ya Touch the Sun (1995)

‘Touch the Sun’ was the ninth album to be released by Japan’s premier all girl rock band Show-Ya. The album was released on 21 February 1995, and only in Japan. It would be their only album with singer Steffanie Borges and the only one sung entirely in English. With lyrics in English, Show-Ya clearly had … Continue reading What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? Show-Ya Touch the Sun (1995)

Rockbrat Remembers: Classic Heavy Metal Bands – Steffanie

My two favourite Japanese artists are Pink Sapphire, an all girl hard rock/ J Pop band from the late 80s, early 90s, and one Steffanie Reiko Borges, more commonly known as Steffanie. Born in San Francisco in 1961, but raised in Hawaii, Steffanie was American Japanese who made a name for herself in Japan, firstly … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Classic Heavy Metal Bands – Steffanie

Rockbrat Remembers: Munetaka Higuchi (December 24, 1958 – November 30, 2008)

It's a wet Thursday, the 30th of November, and the Cowboy is sitting in my office amongst a sea of drones overdosing on apathy. My one salvation is that I'm wired to the sounds of Miss Metal, Mari Hamada, one of only a handful of hard rockin' Japanese female artists worth listening to (the others … Continue reading Rockbrat Remembers: Munetaka Higuchi (December 24, 1958 – November 30, 2008)