01.24.2016: Monster Music Mania Part 1

Dive into the Showa era's monster music and its composers with this special episode of the Kaijucast!

Dive into the Showa era’s monster music and its composers with this special episode of the Kaijucast!

As many know, the original reason I launched this podcast seven years ago was to learn more about kaiju soundtracks and their composers. Very soon after the kick-off episode, however, it became clear that my sound studies were secondary to the format of the podcast as I continued to interview (and enjoy interviewing) more and more people. As music fans out there have no doubt noticed, we rarely play much music on the podcast anymore. Regardless, I thought that I’d take some time to deliberately plan out and do some research on the music makers who have emboldened our favorite monsters.

This is just part one of the coverage; part two will be recorded soon and should be online next month.

1. Godzilla Comes Ashore Again by Akira Ifukube from Gojira (1954)
2. Rebirth of Varan by Akira Ifukube from Daikaiju Varan (1958)
3. The Self Defense Force Scrambles by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
4. White Horse Lodge by Masaru Sato from Yojimbo (1961)
5. Sleeping Godzilla II by Masaru Satoh from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
6. Embodiment of Slavery to Money – Kanegon’s Cocoon by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
7. Ichiro Goes to Monster Island by Kuniyo Miyauchi from All Monsters Attack (1969)
8. Godzilla Goes Flying by Riichiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971)
9. Godzilla’s One Angry Attack by Riichiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
10. Defeat Megalon! by Masato Shimon from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
11. Godzilla Akimbo by Motorhead from Tear Ya Down: The Rarities (2002)

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3/11 – 3/13 Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ w/Kenpachiro Satsuma & Mizuho Yoshida
4/22 – 4/24 Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, CA w/Haruo Nakajima, Keizo Murase & Shinichi Wakasa


We’re just a week away from the 5th Annual Emergency Broadcast! This is a two+ hour show where we broadcast live, have a chatroom for the listeners, ask trivia questions with prize pack give aways, interview guests, and generally have an awesome time.

Big thanks to Kodoja, Shout Factory, Diamond Select Toys, Flossie’s Gifts and X-Plus for donating to the broadcast. We’ll also have a number of other items that I’ve been gathering all year long, including patches from Lance Thingmaker, some radness that I picked up from the Godzilla hotel in Shinjuku, and a Godzilla sketch by me on a Japanese shikishi board. I also secured a Shin Gojira sketch by Matt Frank for one of the giveaways. And there’s more coming!

It all starts at 2pm on Sunday, so don’t miss it!

Oh yeah, and if you use Snapchat….