The band Vodka Collins’ 1990 “Practice Of Silence” reunion tour, after a 17 year hiatus.
Band members (top photo) left to right: Cheryl Lee Poirier, Janique Svedberg, Adriana Kaegi, Donnie Kisselbach, Alan Merrill, Hiroshi Oguchi, Shinohara Nobuhiko, Robin Lemesurier. Photos by Yuji Hashimoto, Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
As it races into hyperspace stereo “War Pigs” tape-sped warp conclusion, the soothing Shinki Chen instrumental “Don’t Say No” wafts in like a summer breeze through opened window. In your head. Forever. Shinki collaborates here with drummer Hiroshi Oguchi and keyboardist Shigeki Watanabe (two musicians he’d team up with the following year in the short-lived and unrecorded band, Orange.)
The double A-side hit single “Sands Of Time” & “Automatic Pilot” by Vodka Collins released in 1972 Japan, from the album Tokyo New York, although the single mix is a bit different than the album. Vodka Collins was Alan Merrill and Hiroshi Oguchi.
Vodka Collins founding members Alan Merrill and Hiroshi Oguchi in front of the Miyako Hotel, Shirokane Tokyo Japan, summer 1995. They were recording the “Chemical Reaction” (Polystar records) album that year.
Japan’s first glam rock band, Vodka Collins. Alan Merrill (guitar) Hiroshi Oguchi (drums) and Take Yokouchi (bass). Their 1972 debut single “Sands Of Time”/Automatic Pilot" (EMI Japan) was a double a-sided hit record in Japanese.