Gaijin à Go-Go brings an infectious Japanese pop sound to the rhythms of 1960s style gogo music. The band quickly signed to Sony Music International and released two albums, Happy55Lucky and Merry55Round, and their latest album, GoGo Boot Camp, premiered at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival in 2006. Gaijin à Go-Go has played venues throughout New York City including the Knitting Factory, CBGB, Sine, SOBs, Central Park, Prospect Park, at the top of the World Trade Center, RUBULAD, and New Lost City.
But they were bona fide BIG in Japan. Don't let their off-beat, humble charm fool you; Gaijin à Go-Go have earned serious accolades — Mark Ribot, and Charley Drayton, have performed on their albums, produced by Joe Blaney. Carlos Alomar has honed musical arrangements on numerous songs for Go Go Bootcamp. They've collaborated with world-renowned artists: Ursula1000, Konishi (Pizzicato Five), King Britt, and Skeewiff. They've toured with Puffy Ami Yumi, and opened for Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (SOBs), and also, ? and the Mysterians (CBGBs main stage).
If you missed them on their first go-go around, they are back — Gaijin's 2017 reunion with original members features a bonus tribute to Pizzicato Five, and a mix of original songs. If you're not convinced, read the reviews:
"GO GO see Gaijin à Go Go! Loved their first CD. Looking forward to their next album." -Fred Schneider, The B-52s
“The grooves are intensely infectious for those that like their ham heavily glazed… ace costumes too.” - The Onion
“…quite anime…sixties-stylin’…frilly, shiny, booty-twitchin’,” - The Village Voice
“Infamous . . . gleefully ersatz” - The New York Times