The lead singer Hiromitu Suzuki was deeply influenced by
Originally they played beat-style number, but when they sought out management, they were advised to became a psychedelic band. The band agreed.
In November '67 Mops debuted as the ' First Psychedelic band in Japan' ! . They released a single "Asamade Matenai" on the Japanese Victor Label.(JVC) It made # 38 on the Japanese charts. They became one of famous GS bands.(Group Sounds=Japanese beat combo) .
By the time, the GS boom (Japanese Beat explosion)had passed it's peak and listeners wanted something new .
In April '68 they released their first album "Psychedelic Sound In Japan". The title may sound silly , but they did faithful psychedelic covers, yet their original songs were real garage in nature.The word of GS songs were mainly simple love songs.But they sung more serious. In "Blind Bird",Mops sung about terrible dark world and said "Please Kill Me".
In '69 bassist Murakami quit the band, and Miyuki switched to base from guiter.
After released 3 singles and an album , they moved to Toshiba Liberty label. It was late '69, the GS boom had all but disappeared , some GS bands switched to moody pop, many other unknown GS bands disbanded.
At this time ,a new era was ushered in. It was called "New Rock" shich waas reminiscent of such bands as Cream, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad. However, the Japanese New l Rock market was very small and this movement became underground.
The Mops changed their sound to heavy Rock'n'Roll. They were no longer psychedelic band ,but this is another story. They released 13singles and 8 albums on Liberty until they disbanded in May '74.
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'67 promo shot
Glynis Ward's review : courtesy of Feline Flenzy
Although the Mops sported the most American sound of all the Japanese
teen bands, their number one idols were the Animals. Their 1968 album features
two vocalists, both trying to out do each other for the best Eric Burdon
sound alike. And to prove their love of the Animals , the Mops recorded
a version of the New Animals " San Francisco Nights "where the lead Mop
tells us in English why the band chose to cover this song! Wonder if the
band ever saved the bread to buy a ticket?
The Mops themselves single handedly introduced Japan to the psychedelic sounds of San Francisco covering both " White Rabbit " which is rather poor, and " Somebody To Love "which they turn into a punk/psych masterpiece Live ,the Mops used psychedelic lighting effects and played blindfolded to stimulate themselves to hallucinogenic heights (obtaining LSD was next to impossible in Japan at the time).Flanging, phasing and other studio techniques were also introduced to Japan by the Mops who experimented in various ways to achieve their psychedelic sounds. Most of their material was originally recorded for the Victor label.
The Mops not only displayed an amazing adeptness at copying psychedelia but also American punk. I'm sure this is a total coincidence(?) ,but classic teen punk songs like " I Am Just A Mops "which would have made Ar4mand Schaubroeck proud , and " Pleas Kill Me" which appears on Boulders # 7 sound like so many of the garagedelic tunes penned by their teenage American counterparts. At the very end of their album is a very slow fuzz-punker, sung in Japanese ( I don't know the title as it is written in Japanese) with a mourngul repetitive chorus of " I Love You" making it a real mood piece. The Mops where one of Japan's wildest groups!
Unfortunately on Japanese reissued CD, Blind Bird ("Please Kill
Me") was omitted because it has terrible words). On Planest X trilogy,
some titeles is wrong "Haiku" is "Bera Yo Isoge" in correct, "Yosabite"
is "Asahi Yo Saraba".