Food Brain
Food Brain
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock
Years active 1969 - 1970
Labels Polydor, Solid Records
Associated acts Speed, Glue & Shinki, The Mannheim Rock Ensemble, Flied Egg, Jap's Gap's, Strawberry Path, Yasumi No Kuni, Apryl Fool, Love Live Life, Sons of Sun, The Floral, Pink Cloud, The Golden Cups

Food Brain was named by Shinki Chen - a charismatic Japanese guitarist - and is known as a novel rock project by Polydor Japan (according to rumour the project was originally to be named Brain Food - but Shinki made a mistake).

Ikuzo Orita, a director of Polydor, had pictured some projects of Japanese progressive rock in his mind. To realize one of them, he persuaded Shinki to be the front man, and gathered some renowned Japanese musicians - Hiro Tsunoda (drums & percussion), Hiro Yanagida (keyboard & organ), Masayoshi Kabe (bass) - around him.

As this was in the early 70's and the dawn of Japanese rock, a topic that can't be overlooked is the DRUG culture...The group with these four talented men - some serious session musicians and others junkie travelers - might be lacking in unity but they had no problem in dropping a breaking-Japanese-pop-dream bomb. Their only one piece Bansan was the sunrise of Japanese psychedelic rock and paved way for the younger generation.

Sadly their remarkable flexibility and technique couldn't prevent the project from breaking up after the short blooming period, in spite of Ikuzo's dream. Ultimately the band released on studio album in 1970 via Polydor, with reissues following since (Notably a CD and LP reissue in 1989 as part of the "Revenge of Nippon Rock" series). The band also contributed a sound score in collaboration with radical Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu for the 1970 film "Shinjuku Maddo" (Shinjuku Mad). This soundtrack was released via Solid Records on 4 October 2008.

Food Brain - Social Gathering (1970) - Full Album

Food Brain - Social Gathering (1970) - Full Album


  • Social Gathering (1970, Polydor)
  • 新宿マッド (2008, Solid Records; Recorded 1970)


  • Shinki Chen - Guitar (1969 - 1970)
  • Masayoshi Kabe - Bass (1969 - 1970)
  • Hiro Yanagida - Keyboards (1969 - 1970)
  • Hiro Tsunoda - Drums (1969 - 1970)

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