Vodka Collins ウォッカ・コリンズ phase 2, 1990 line up. Left to right Hiroshi Oguchi, Shinohara Nobuhiko, Adriana Kaegi, Donnie Kisselbach, Janique Svedberg, Cheryl Lee Poirier, Robin Lemesurier, Alan Merrill. The “Practice Of Silence” tour of Japan.
Alan Merrill performs his composition “Motor Running” (A.Merrill / T.Taylor) live in Japan in 1990. The band is a fabulous unit, featuring Hiroshi Oguchi on drums, Robin LeMesurier on lead guitar, Donnie Kisselbach on bass, The Coconuts on backing vocals (Adriana Kaegi, Janique Svedberg, Cheryl Lee Poirier), Shinohara Nobuhiko on keyboards, The Upskirt Horns (Toshi, Yohan and Hiro) on brass. Alan Merrill sings lead vocal and plays rhythm guitar in this clip.
Under the covert name Practice Of Silence, this was secretly the first of a series of reunions of the band Vodka Collins. The venue is club Ink Stick in Shibaura Tokyo.
I feel my motor running I hear my engine humming I feel the hot blood flowing I need some white kicks to get me going Oh, my knees are weak My tongue’s tired And I can’t speak I know what’s in it for me Got to kick down the door If you can’t find the key!
I feel my motor running I hear my engine humming I feel the hot blood flowing I need some white kicks to get me going
So hot! I can’t even think I need just one last drink Walk a tightrope It’s the finest line I’m all shagged out What’d she say? She said “do it one more time” Do it do it!
I feel my motor running I hear my engine humming I feel the hot blood flowing I need some white kicks to get me going I feel my motor running
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.
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.
In 1989 the band Vodka Collins had it’s first reunion tour of Japan. The band had taken a 17 years hiatus. Because of legal wrangles we toured under the pseudonym of Practice Of Silence.
One of the side effects was being offered to do an ad for Nikka Whisky. The photo below was featured in Brutus magazine in Japan, 1990.
Here are some photos of the reunion tour of Japan, 1990.
This was an all star big band with Alan Merrill, Hiroshi Oguchi, Donnie Kisselbach, Robin Lemesurier, The Coconuts (Adriana, Cheryl, Janique) Shinohara Nobuhiko, and The Upskirt Horns (Hiro, Toshi and Yohan).
It was a successful tour but legal issues that plagued the band stopped the reunion abruptly for another 5 years, when it started up again with a pared down four piece lineup in 1995. The band still featured founding members Hiroshi Oguchi and Alan Merrill, with Monsieur Kamayatsu and Masayoshi Kabe added on as full band members for the project.
Below photo by Shinoyama Kishin.
The original Vodka Collins live line up 1972- Alan Merrill, Take Yokouchi, Hiroshi Oguchi and Monsieur Kamayatsu.
Above two photos from 1972 and 1973 featuring Vodka Collins founding members Alan Merrill and Hiroshi Oguchi. The first ever act in history to release a glam rock recording in Japanese.
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.