hiroshi oguchi


This is the band Vodka Collins’ unofficial reunion tour. The performance was on Radio Gomen (ごめん ラジオ) television show, Jan. 1990 Osaka. They were promoting a series of shows that week at the Osaka Apollo Theater. 

Founding members of Vodka Collins are singer/songwriter Alan Merrill and drummer Hiroshi Oguchi. Joining them on this tour were the Coconuts Janique Svedberg, Cheryl Poirier and Adriana Kaegi, Robin Lemesurier, Donnie Kisselbach, Shinohara Nobuhiko and the Upskirt Horns, Johan, Toshi and Hiro.

Vodka Collins ウォッカコリンズ, glam rock from 1972 Tokyo! The first Japanese glam rock single “Sands Of Time/Automatic Pilot” and it was sung by an American, Alan Merrill who wrote the song! With Japanese lyrics by the band’s drummer Hiroshi Oguchi.  Original band members Alan Merrill アラン・メリル  and Hiroshi Oguchi  大口 広司 are pictured here (left to right).


Alan Merrill and Hiroshi Oguchi’s first meeting in 17 years at the Plaza hotel New York 1989 planning the first Vodka Collins reunion as “Practice Of Silence,” a covert name for the old band. 

The Japanese rock band Vodka Collins broke up as a band in 1974 and started up again in 1990. The team of Oguchi and Merrill were the band’s founding members in 1971.

Photos by Kimie Shingyoji.


At the lI Palazzo hotel in Hakata, Japan 1996. One of the strangest looking hotels I’ve ever stayed in on tour. No windows! Vodka Collins band “Chemical Reaction” tour of Japan, August 1996.

Below photo, the show that night in Hakata. 

Photos by Jun Kaneko.

かまやつひろし - アラン・メリル - 1996  -  ウォッカコリンズ