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“Motor Running” Japan tour 1990

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.

Lyrics:

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

Words and Music Alan Merrill and Terry Taylor 

 (c) Tugboat Music & WyTel Publishing.

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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.

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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

Vodka Collins for Nikka, Japan 1990

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.