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The internet is a terrible place and it is a remarkable place.
Staying in one place long enough leads to discoveries of the less and more savory characters of life. If you’re lucky, that sort of rabbit hole leads to a treasure of time capsules we never expected to unearth.

It’s time to go back in time for a bit. A rock and roll family history that remains not entirely written. The CroMagnons and associated members have been around for quite some time in various acts. …


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This photo is a characteristic Mashima Masatoshi, once upon a time guitarist of The Blue Hearts and now of The CroMagnons.
One of his trademark looks.

If the eyes are the mirror to the soul is a smirk the reflection of your spirit?

The many expressions we wear are a wardrobe of fanciful tales.


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Yoshio realizes it’s not easy being a punching bag.

Typhoon Hagibis swirled afar, later touted as Japan’s worst storm in 60 years. Under these challenging circumstances, this time last year Tower Records Japan was planning on a promotional event. Due to such a threat of nature the big event was moved (from a then earlier date to October 19, 2019) but fortunately it all came together in the end.

To some degree these things are probably best experienced as they happen but I’ll try my best to share a fraction of the feeling. …


Punk isn’t always pretty, but it’s usually pretty fun.

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Hiroto Kohmoto Of The Cromagnons ~ Limited Edition Punch Live Photobook

Thought I’d keep this going with a photo now and then, although I probably won’t share much from this collection. Here’s a thought: I read a quote somewhere about a guy asking about an older gentleman’s stylish hat.

When asked where he could get one the older man replied,

“You had to be there when they passed them out.”

It’s kinda like that.


How much for that limited edition import in the window?

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To use the word expert for oneself is commonly seen as reaching for a high pedestal. A bit presumptuous. In the days of early web before even Napster existed folks would say there’s always someone who knows more than you on the internet. Today when it comes to The Cro-Magnons, outside of Wikipedia, which I myself have lended a hand to when band info needed updating, that person must be pretty deeply intrenched in a wormhole somewhere.

Currently, there’s just not a lot of background stories of the band written in English. Occasionally I’ll come across a rare article from five or ten years ago, a comment on a video, or a brief highlight from the indie music magazine project of a few college friends. Mostly it’s just me driving this train and keeping the tracks all in order. …


When I moved this year and our moving boxes were less than organized, the first major thing I hunted for was my records(plus player)and tapes(yes TAPES). The second thing my clothes and the third…my cd collection. Maybe a few of those are still hiding in the ruckus but the bulk of it is safely set up.

Everything else…eh…it can wait.

So I guess you can say physical music collections are pretty important to me.Which is the long way of saying hey I’ve known some pretty cool bands and that’s going be a major plot point here.

Flashback two or three years ago. Through the wonders of old and new technology, their powers united and I discovered one of the greatest Japanese punk bands. …

About

Beth Annotated

Pretend writer. Poems maybe. The only English fan info outside of wiki for The CroMagnons from Japan. Sweets. Twitter@magnonrockcave

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