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ROCK OF ASIAN: X Japan And The Pursuit Of World Dominasian

July 28th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Yoshiki at an X Japan performance in 2009

The LA Times just published a lengthy profile about X Japan, a wildly successful J-rock metal band led by charismatic pianist-drummer Yoshiki (pictured above), that will attempt the leap from Japanese superstardom to American mainstream when they join the Lollapalooza tour this summer.

Why I know I already ♥ X Japan:

  • The band flanks a HEAVY METAL PIANIST-DRUMMER.
  • Hello Kitty produced a likeness of said heavy metal pianist-drummer, the only so far created for a human being. (Ed. note—Hi Sanrio! Jen and I are tooooootally open to having Kitty versions of ourselves!)
  • Yoshiki is apparently Bono-esque, and X Japan aspires to be Metallica-esque, yet they’re probably–most accurately–KISS-esque.
  • The early X Japan aesthetic appears to be a hybrid of early Mötley Crüe and Poison, but with almond eyes, so they look like the rockstars I wanted to be when I was a kid.
  • Every time I hear the words, “Arena Rock,” my personal areas get warm.
  • LAT refers to Yoshiki as a “fevered multitasker and established brand unto himself in Asia,” which means he is a) totally Asian and b) pretty AMAZIAN!
  • We need somebody to freak out over other than Rain.

Read the whole X Japan LAT feature here. Check out the Lollapalooza lineup here.

[LAT: America, Meet Yoshiki]

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Elton John

March 25th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Happy birthday to honorasian Elton John, who turned 63 today!

Why Hardass Asian ladies love Elton:


* He, like all grownup Asian ladies, loves bedazzled evening outfits.

* File Under: Easy Listening

* 5 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. (Who cares if you don’t watch the Tonys? It’s an award!)

* A distinct love for tiny dancers.

* Five important words: Was friends with Princess Diana.

* He turned those piano lessons into somethin‘!

* Guaranteed to rally for karaoke.

* He gives songs as gifts. And by jove, H.A.L.s love presents!!!

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