Alan Merrill in Tokyo 1973, then with the glam rock band Vodka Collins. Merrill, an American and New York born, wrote and sang the first glam rock recordings in Japanese (“Automatic Pilot” and “Sand Of Time” on the “Tokyo New York” LP) with lyrics by the band’s drummer Hiroshi Oguchi.
Below recording the “Tokyo New York” album (EMI) with my band Vodka Collins. I left Japan during the recording in a dispute over money and it was released unfinished as I left it, and was still a chart hit! I was the lead singer, lead guitarist and songwriter.
Tokyo-New York by Vodka Collins has been re-issued by EMI as recently as November 2011. I still am unpaid for this album I created. They should have paid me back then, I would have made it an even better album had I stayed. But then there would have been no Arrows in England, a chart hit band I started there in 1974 as a result of my leaving Japan over the money dispute. They (Vodka Collins’ management) could have at least given me enough to pay my rent in Tokyo. I would have stayed. But then there would have been no classic “I Love Rock N Roll” by the Arrows (a song I wrote and recorded in 1975 in the UK with Mickie Most producing) and a swath of rock 'n roll history would have been altered a bit -
(photo below from Shinuhoso fans 1973, a Japanese music magazine)-
Alan Merrill interview on NBC New York in 2011 with host Joey Reynolds talking about “I Love Rock N Roll” and debunking myths. A Youtube clip (below)-
E il silenzio è così profondo che mi arriva il leggero ticchettio degli otto orologi sopra il lungo bancone della reception che contano i secondi a Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Londra, Il Cairo, Mosca, Singapore e Keflavìk. Ciascuno ticchetta nel proprio orario e lo mostra a chiunque entri, come per ricordarci che ogni secondo nel mondo accade qualcosa di completamente svincolato dalla nostra esistenza, per farci capire che abbiamo ben poco rilievo, ben poco peso.
“This is the city. Paris, France. It is just like any other big city, London, New York, Tokyo…except for two little things. In Paris, people eat better and in Paris people make love, well, perhaps not better, but certainly more often.”
— Love in the Afternoon (1957)
This is my restaurant. We serve cheeseburgers. None of that New York Tokyo truffles and gold flake crap. We make what I say we make, and we serve it to you. Want mushrooms on your burger? Too crappin’ bad. Meat patty, grilled onions, and American cheese, on a bun. Plain. This ain’t some Paris France crap. This is my restaurant.
You told Rumplestiltskin a while ago that you've always wanted to travel. Where specifically would you like to go, do you intend on traveling in the near future and who would you bring with you?
I–I’d like to see everything I’ve read about in my books. London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong–so full of legends and stories. And if I could safely, I’d like to visit other realms, too.
Obviously my child would come with me…I…I could show him or her all the things I always wanted to see…
…and if I’m very honest with myself, I’d want Rumple to come too…that’s…that’s why I came back when he sent me to see the world. Despite everything he’s done, he’s the one I wanted to see the world with from the start. It…it wouldn’t be quite as wonderful without him.
It’s something I suppose we’ll have to talk about…along with everything…everything else…once our child is–is safe.
Chez les koehler, on ne se pose jamais très longtemps. On crapahute beaucoup. Mais la, après être passé par l'Inde, Pekin, Tokyo, New York, nous redécouvrons le plaisir d être au calme, dans la nature, face à la mer. Il faut dire que notre appart est un véritable petit coin de paradis. Nous sommes là pour deux jours, à lire, se reposer et espérer voir des baleines
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