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Music Video Filmed in Japan #5: Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness

The Manic Street Preachers are an alternative rock band that was formed in 1986. The band is a 3 man band at the moment, in the past there where 4 members, but the last member, Richey Edwards, disappeared and later on declared deceased. The current 3 members are James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore. The band originally comes from Blackwood in Wales.

Motorcycle Emptiness

The video to the 1992 song Motorcycle Emptiness was first released on the 13th of June 1992 and the song reached place 17 in the UK singles chart. The video was shot on different location, mostly based in or close to Tokyo. Places that can be spotted are the Shibuya crossing and Shiba-koen park with the Tokyo Tower in the background. They also filmed some of the video in a neighbouring city called Yokohama, where you can see the large Ferris wheel with a clock on. That was also the largets Ferris wheel in the world when it first opened. They also filmed at the Shomyoji Temple that lies outside of Yokohama.

Manic Street Preacher’s official homepage: http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com


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Music Video Filmed In Japan #4: Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs – Man On Mars

The Kaiser Chiefs are a British indie rock band that as of present consists of Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix and Nick Baines. This song, Man On Mars, also has Nick Hodgson in the video, who has left the bad now. The band started in  in Leeds 1996.

The video for the song Man On Mars was filmed while the band was visting Japan to play at the 2011 Fuji Rock Festival. The video shows different clips of around Tokyo
and some of their performance from the Fuji Rock Festival. The video also consists of some of the fans singing to their songs at a karaoke bar and the video also follows one of their fans on his trip from Tokyo to the gig at the  Fuji Rock Festival.

One bit of the video to listen to is when the audio cuts out at the train station and you can hear the platform melody.

The video was first relased on to YouTube on August 11, 2011.

The Kaiser Chiefs official homepage: http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/

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Music videos filmed in Japan #3: Katy Perry

Katy Perry – Simple

Before Katy Perry was a well known pop star to the world with her first album “One of the boys”, she had already released other songs before that. One of them being a song called “Simple”. This was originally going to be realised on Katy’s first album, but this album was never released. In the end the song ended up being used in the 2006 movie “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and was also featured on the soundtrack of said movie. The music video was also apart of the 2012 film documentry Katy Perry: Part of Me.

The music video to the song premiered on YouTube and the video stars Katy Perry running around the streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo.

Katy Perry’s official site: http://www.katyperry.com

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Music videos filmed in Japan #2: Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

Intergalactic is a song by the American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys. The video was filmed mostly in Tokyo with scenes in both Shibuya and Shinjuku train stations. The video has a large robot that can be seen in the video, which is very Japanese. In the video the guys can be seen wearing street construction workers clothes that are called “koji” in Japanese. The video made is premier on may the 12th 1998.

The members of the band at the time of making of the video were Michael “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, and Adam Yauch, who sadly past away last year.

Here is the official site for the Beastie Boys: http://www.beastieboys.com

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Music videos filmed in Japan #1: The killers

Music videos filmed in Japan

There have been quite a few music videos filmed in Japan for some well know and some not well known international artists over the years. Some of the videos have been Japanese inspired by using using different asbescts of Japan, other videos have purely used Japan as a  awesome backdrop to its videos.

Over the next month or so I will post some of the videos that I’ve seen on the Internet. Some of the videos are songs that I like and some are songs that Ive never even heard of or seen before I started researching.

The Killers – Read my Mind

The first music video is “Read my mind” by the rock band The Killers. The group is from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States and has four members: Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.

This video was shot in Tokyo with shots from Shinjuku video game aracde and a capsule hotel. The video was directed by Diane Martel. It had its premier on February 8, 2007, on the MTV show Total Request Live.

Check out The Killers website at http://www.thekillersmusic.com

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