January 3, 2011

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Kazuhiko and Mika Kato of The Sadistic Mika Band - gave Glam a run for its money.


One of my favorite 70's bands tonight. The Sadistic Mika Band were a wildly successful Japanese group who managed to make a big mark on the European Glam-Rock scene from 1972 until roughly 1975. Fronted by Mika Kato, who was the wife of founder Kazuhiko Kato, the band made huge inroads when they were booked as opening act for Roxy Music and pretty much made London their home base for a while.

Barely known in the States, they did manage to garnish a following based on sales of their imported albums and create cult status in various corners.

Although they went through several breakups and reunions (including a divorce between Mika and Kazuhiko), they did remain together in various forms until the untimely death in 2009 of Kazuhiko Kato.

Tonight it's a track off their 1974 album Black Ship - a ten minute cut; 2nd June, 3rd June, 4th June and ample proof they were an innovative and extraordinary band who have weathered very well over the years.

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