April 13, 2006


GOSPERATS! A Japanese rhythm and blues blackface sensation formed from left over members of 80's bands Gospellers and Rats&Star

God bless the polluted brain wave patterns of Dr. Patrick Macias. He brings us news and glad tidings of the GOSPERATS! A Japanese rhythm and blues blackface sensation formed from left over members of 80's bands Gospellers and Rats&Star. These guys made a great debut on Fuji TV's HEY HEY HEY MUSIC CHAMP and tore up the stage. As one member put it:

Q: "It's been a while since you guys put on blackface. How does it make you feel?"

A: "Strong. Like a light that's been turned on."

Q: "But back in the old days, you were the only guy who didn't put on make-up."

A: "Yeah. I was supposed to be the white guy."

(Cue laughter. Applause.)

Check out videos and music at their official website. It's blackface-errific!

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Oh dear lord. I pray for a US tour soon.

Posted by: Rich Drees | Apr 13, 2006 10:26:46 AM

It's important to note that they are the best blackface band in Japan. It wouldn't do to cofuse them with all the lesser blackface groups Japan apparently has.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 13, 2006 11:25:31 AM

But would it surprise any of us if it turned out Japan had a ton of blackface bands?

Posted by: Justin Slotman | Apr 13, 2006 6:17:27 PM

I wish I could say I would be... but I'd be lying.

I'm not sure what's most bizarre about this group -- how awful the music is, how lame their dancing is, or that they though "Gosperats" was a good name.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 14, 2006 6:26:05 AM

Former Rats & Star member and sex offender Masashi Tashiro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masashi_Tashiro , please come back!!

Posted by: Tashirock is God | May 10, 2006 6:20:48 AM

do you know how freaking insulting...racist..and godammed derogatory it is to see this. WOW...i mean seriously. The most ironic thing is that when a japanese person encounters a real person of black descent..they feel uncomfortable around that person. Here is a direct quote from Reggie Life, author of “Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan". He says "These guys and people like them that don blackface and then proceed to act ‘black’ are just perpetrators who do it for only one reason — to make money,” Life says. “These groups know what they are doing and unfortunately many, not all, but many don’t do this because they have any great admiration or love for black culture." and “They only want a superficial ‘blackness,’” he explains. “Around real (African Americans), they are uncomfortable and only want to find a way to be superior.”

Posted by: matt | Sep 19, 2006 7:24:56 PM

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