Bands who appear in the monthly music magazines "ROCKIN'ON" and "ROCKIN'ON JAPAN" are generalized as "ROCKIN'ON-kei", or "ROKINON-kei". These are the bands that rarely get exposure on TV music programs and are almost never on the major hit charts, but focus their activities on rock festivals. Fans of such bands are called "ROKINON-kei boy (or girl)" and "ROKINON-chu".
And just like Mr. Akira, there are a lot of ROKINON-chus who aren't too hunky-dory with their favorite bands making TV appearances. Why is that? Here are some reasons according to the fans.
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"Most fans are not pleased with the cut distribution. They just mainly focus their cameras on the vocalist. I'm dissatisfied since the bassist that I like doesn't get any airtime." (21 y/o male - 9mm Parabellum Bullet fan)
2) Dissatisfied with the song selection.
"I always think 'This isn't the kind of song that will justify the abilities of this band! This producer just chose a song that's suited for TV!' and feel a kind of anger." (25 y/o male - MAXIMUM THE HORMONE fan)
3) They don't sing the bridge of the songs most of the time.
"I hate it how they have to cut the songs short on TV due to the time constraints. I think that the bridge is the part where the vocalist's emotions are at its peak, and that's were the gist of the message lies in. And for that part to be cut..." (32 y/o male - Mr. Children fan)
4) There's a sound register that cannot be heard through the TV.
"The sound coming from the rhythm group (drum and bass) aren't recreated faithfully. Well, that's the fault of the speakers, but that means I just have to buy an expensive surround system (LOL)" (25 y/o SPECIAL OTHERS fan)
And there are of course the more common reasons aside from these musical factors here, just like what Mr. Akira who opened this article said, "As a long-time fan of this band, it makes me sad to see them 'sell-out' and be liked by the general public".
Which goes to show how Bump of Chicken are pretty consistent in their beliefs
(* Bump has continuously declined offers to appear on Music Station and the like since they didn't like the idea of their songs being cut short, and they don't want attracting attention even if they're just walking down the street.)
It's the same as the otakus who hate it when TV reports about their favorite mangas or animes, huh
>1) The favorite members don't get focused on by the camera.
Isn't that the same as the wotas of these idol groups with a large number of members?
But I was happy when Spiral Life, Cornelius, and SUNNY DAY SERVICE appeared on Tamori-Station, though
I couldn't care less about the musician whom I used to be a fan of once he becomes popular
People just need to calm down and think of it as something like a promotional video or something.
Why are these fans against these bands promoting their songs? LOL
If they don't sell enough records, their contracts will be cancelled which will lead to the band breaking up. Do they think that these bands will keep on existing for all of eternity?
The people who liked listening to folk music 40 years ago were like this as well
Sakanaction's all over TV, and at this rate, they're also going to the Kouhaku. They're great!
And even with all that, the songs they release are all high-quality.
I don't think there are people who still say things like this these days.
To think that you can't even sell CDs anymore in these times.
"Look, I'm so cool since I promote such minor, manic bands"
But what about progressive rock bands who can't even get on broadcasts due to their lengthy songs.
I'll quit being a fan if POLYSICS appears on TV.
For some reason though, they were in a Pocky commercial last year, but I'm glad it didn't become too popular.
I don't mind these fans hating on TV appearances, but that in itself questions how big of a fan one person is. These artists will cease to stay active if no one buys their CDs which is the bulk source of their income. And no matter how big the concerts are, these won't earn them that much; just like their videos and stuff. If fans still have the mindset of wanting to hear their song but have no intention of buying their CDs, then these singers themselves will have no choice but to depend on the talent fees they'll receive from TV.
HEY!HEY!HEY! was the best when they were featuring all these ROKINON-kei bands
So let's ignore these pathetic fans like the one in >>1. I'm fine with them going on TV, but people probably don't want these bands being joked around by the comedians so they'd rather not see them there. And the sense of gratefulness one holds towards these artists will decrease if you see them too much on TV. I think that's the normal reaction.
Yeah, especially when foreign musicians guest on our music shows, I'm the one who feels embarassed. Especially when they're with idols, I just can't bear to watch that. LOL
Because their cover will be blown if they sing live on TV.
That's what I think.
There's this strange theory that the bands who don't appear on TV are cool.
And it's mostly the highschoolers who think that way.
I was also like that back then so I think I understand these fans.
Because these people won't be able to brag that they know these minor bands anymore
It seems that there are always these half-a$$ed fans who just always want to prevent people becoming new fans.
There's actually no more need to appear on TV since it's already considered a thing of the past
Until a while back, the term ROKINON-chu used to refer to these kids who liked Nirvana, Radiohead, Primal Scream, Sonic Youth, and the like, though
When I was a ROKINON-chu, I used to feel so disappointed when U2 appeared on Hit Studio. I think that was about 20 years ago.
I bet these bands actually want to be on TV and provide songs for Johnny's and such. Especially these bands who have debuted on major labels, they definitely think that way even if they aren't talking about it.
There are a lot of cases where even these world class bands who usually play as the final act at various music festivals appear on Music Station. Yup, even those big name bands. That's because there's no worry of them making any kind of mistake. They won't dare sing live if the vocalist is horrible.
I do wish for the bands to at least appear on TV whenever they have a new song.
There wasn't any problem even when bands like TMGE, BLANKEY, and Guitar Wolf went on TV.
They should be able to balance their projects well like Yazawa and Nagabuchi.
I hope these passionate fans realize that they're not the ones who bring food to the tables of these bands, and that they still need these bandwagoners in order to survive.
But it's a totally different thing from bands like MAXIMUM THE HORMONE and DIR EN GREY never being talked about on TV programs, right?
People are badmouthing these bands who don't appear on TV but consider the fact that there aren't that many music programs anymore these days.
Money, agency authority, and sponsor's demands speak volumes when there's something you want to feature on your program.
I don't really think it's that easy... What do you think?
If you don't want to see them on TV then just don't tune in. I don't get it.
I got shocked when Mongol800 played "Chiisana koi no uta" on Music Station...
I started to like MICHELLE when they played in place of tatu though
Bands who just blast the volume of their instruments during festivals and cover up their shortcomings will more often than not disappoint on TV once the volume of the vocals is mixed properly with the other instruments. I think those bands just lack ability and the effort to hone their craft.
I understand how they feel.
They're scared the bands might f*ck up.
TV definitely has the power to influence people.
So these people don't want their favorite bands appearing on TV yet they complain about the recent music charts.
They're just contradicting themselves. How would these bands sell more unless they get some exposure?
In the past, artists who didn't appear on TV = hidden talents.
Now it's more simple: artists who didn't appear on TV = talentless.
That's especially the case for ROKINON.
This was the normal way of thinking in the past.
The singers appear on TV while artists don't.
The philosophy of these ROKINONs these days used to be supported.
About the song selection, I totally get that. I sometimes think "Gimme a break!" when all these similar musicians play similar types of songs. I know that there ought to be better songs in their repertoire. The producers just decide on what they'll play by choosing a song that slightly made waves on the music charts, but even if you say so, that's only a few thousand copies sold. It's still considered minor. It's just a few thousands out of millions and billions of records sold out there. That's why I'm with the guy who said that they should play the truly good songs on the programs. The producers are just too desperate for ratings, and yet they aren't getting any.
"I'm so cool since I listen to this!!!!!!!!!!!!"