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 ワッツ・ラヴ?もこれで結成10周年を迎えたんだそうな。それを記念してライヴが開かれたのは4月10日の火曜日。彼等が好きな「歌謡曲」に引っかけているんだそうだ。ちなみに、和田アキ子の誕生日もこの日らしく、背後に飾られたイラストにはそれらしき人物の踊って歌っている姿が描かれていた。

 彼等と最初に遭遇したのは2000年前後で、きっかけは自分が制作に関わったイギリスのバンド、ジャズ・ジャマイカの来日公演があったときだったと思えている。このライヴに関して「退屈だ」と評したことに反論したのがドラムスの菅野君。それから交流が始まったんだが、その頃に受け取ったシングルCDに収められていた「みちのく一人旅」のレゲエ・ヴァージョンにぶっ飛ばされることになる。ディープな演歌をこれまたディープなレゲエ、オーガスタス・パブロを想起させるルーツ・レゲエのスタイルでカバーするというもので、これほどまでハードコアで日本的なレゲエは、あれ以来耳にしたことはない。今もって、自分にとって日本レゲエ史上に残る傑作中の傑作がこれだと思っているし、少なくとも自分の仲間の誰もがこの完成度にシャッポを脱いでいるのだ。

 とはいっても、彼等自身があれをそれほどは気に入ってはないらしく、これまでライヴでこの曲を聴いたのは一度か二度だった。おそらく、そこに若干の失望感を持っていたんだと思うが、良いメロディに良い言葉を持つという「歌」の原則に忠実な彼等の作品の数々は、どれも甲乙つけがたい傑作そろいだと思っている。

 その礎を作った3人のメンバーがひさびさに勢揃いしたのがこの日。歴代のベース奏者が、それぞれユニークなスタイルで演奏してくれるんだが、申し訳ないが、当時からのワッツを知るものにとって、この3人こそがワッツであったと思う。とはいっても、それはすでに戻ることのできない昔のこと。これから新しいベース奏者と共に、彼等がどんな「歌」を作ってくれるのか、期待に胸をふくらませて待っていようと思う。「歌」に対する思い入れたっぷりなのがワッツ。きっと誰もが口ずさめる、それでいてユニークで、同時に、ほろりと泣かせて、希望も少し抱くことができる「歌」を作ってくれるに違いない。



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"バイナラ"(国内盤 / What's Love? - バイナラ)"異国の海" (What's Love? - 異国の海 - Single)
"シャララ" (What's Love? - シャララ - Single)
"裏打刑事" (What's Love? - 裏打刑事)
"本気の馬鹿" (国内盤)
"夢もなく果てしなく/トラック・ドライヴィング・ブギ [MAXI]" (国内盤)
"ヘッドライトが唄い出す [MAXI] " (国内盤)
"桜のころに - compilation" (国内盤)
"恋の味 [MAXI] " (国内盤)
"あの鐘を鳴らすのはあなた [MAXI]" (国内盤)
"口笛 [MAXI]" (国内盤)
"かえり路 [MAXI]" (国内盤)
"泣けるほど [MAXI]" (国内盤)
"brazil - compilation" (国内盤)
"明けゆく空に" (国内盤)
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button2007

buttonTony Joe White (16th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonWhat's Love? (10th Apr. @ Shimokitazawa 251)
buttonJoss Stone (9th Apr. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonBaba Zula & Double Famous (4th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonThe Slakcers (27th Mar. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonBerri Txarrak (25th Mar. @ Roppongi Rock Factory)
buttonHappy Dispatch (25th Mar. @ Aoyama Tsuki Miru Kimi Omou)
buttonLakatos Ensemble : 目を閉じれば世界が見える (22nd Mar. @ Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall)
buttonThe Slakcers with Oi-Skallmates (21st Mar. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonVic Ruggiero with Toshimi Watanabe (20th Mar. @ Shimokitazawa 440)
buttonSouth by Southwest Music Festival + Conference feat. Lily Allen, A.J. Croce, owkmj (ore wa konna mon janai), Alina Simone, Bobby Witlock with Coco Carmel, Cho Sister Brothers : Pianica & Magic Orchestra, Go!Go!7188, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals , Casa De Chihuahua, John Hammond, Rickie Lee Jones, Ozomatli , Buzzcocks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Andrew Winton, YB(13th to 18th Mar. @ Austin, Texas)
buttonPeace Music Festa! Henoko2007 : photo document : pre opening day / the 1st day feat. Jicchaku Orchestra / Cyclub / Yoko Utsumi / Trinity Club Band / Akiko Noma (Go!Go!7188), CocotaboYoul & Amina, Shaolong To The Sky, kotobuki, Masao Taruya + Koji Nakamoto, Donal Lunny + Kazutoki Umezu + Hiromi Kondo, Duty Free Shopp., Soul Flower Mononoke Summit & Misako Oshiro / photo document : the 2nd day feat. Hana Band, Yambaru Reggae Brothers, King Jam Session,KZ [G.A.C], Kakumakushaka, Papa U-Gee with Zion High Playaz, Yukihito Ara, Kachimba 1551, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Soul Flower Union, Ryukyu Lion, Nanjaman & U-Dou & Platy / over all view(23rd to 25th Feb. @ Henoko Beach, Okinawa)
buttonBloodest Saxophone (17th Feb. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonDonavon Frankenreiter with Timmy Curran (6th Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonSt. Vicious Day feat. Stance PunksThe Star ClubTokyo Shock BoysMichiro EndoSorrow (2nd Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonCalexico with Overground Acoustic Underground & Sly Mongoose (22nd Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonKotobuki : 寿は幸せを呼ぶ (20th Jan. @ Shin Okubo R7S Art Court)
buttonLily Allen (12th Jan. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)

button2006

buttonTheatre Brook (23rd Dec. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonWaht's Love? (23rd Dec. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonCeltic Xmas feat. Paul Brady, Lunasa, Tim O'Brien & Dirk Powell with Cara Butler & Jon Pilatzke & session of all(9th Dec. @ Sumida Triphony Hall)
buttonTokyo Crossover Jazz Festival 2006 with overall photo document feat. Shuya Okino / Sleep Walker / Koop / Kyoto Jazz Massive / Jam Session (8th Dec. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonGoro Nakagawa (4th Dec. @ Shimokitazawa La Cana)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (18th Nov. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonEdgar"Jones"Jones & The Joneses (17th Nov. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonHappy & Artie Traum (2nd Nov. @ Yokohama Thumb's Up)
buttonBleach (1st Nov. @ Sangenchaya Heaven's Door)
buttonUri Nakayama (10th Oct. @ Yoyogi Zher the Zoo)
buttonClammbon, Ron Sezsmith, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Chris Pierce, Cool Wise Men, Zion Train, Brinsley Forde (7th to 8th Oct. @ Asagiri Arena)
buttonMichael Franti & Spearhead (5th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonFaiz Ali Faiz, Kayhan Kalhor, DuOud with Abdulatif Yagoub, Gnawa Diffusion & Mercan Dede & Secret Tribe (2nd to 4th Oct. @ Tokyu Bunkamura Theater Cocoon)
buttonSsamZie Sound Festival feat. moonlight a fairy a hard desperate full base home run / Cool Age / Golden Pops / Cockrasher / Cocore / The Emeralds / Starbow / Prana / Loro's / Vanilla Unity, photo document & Transfixion, Biuret, Nicotine, Fortune Cookie, Sugardonut, Lee Sang Eun (Lee-tzsche), Lee Ji Hyung, YB (Yoon Do Hyun Band), No Brain, Ellegarden, PIA, Hajji and TJ with Sim Soo Bong, Schizo+Hyun Jin Young, Morning of all + Kim Jang Hoon (30th Sept. @ Olympic Park, Seoul)
buttonAsylum Street Spankers with Uri Nakayama (17th Sept. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonFumio Ito and Gen Ueda, Magnolia, Keison, Caravan, Pocaskajan, Eye Don't Nose, Hige, Moon Riders, Ban Ban Bazar, The Blues Power with Monsieur Kamayatu, Kodama & The Dub Station Band, Marcos Suzano, Takashi Numazawa with Haruka Sakota, Leyona, Taiji All Stars, Kemuri (18th to 19th Aug. @ Rising Sun Rock Festival)
buttonSleep Walker (11th Aug. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonSoul Flowwer Mononoke Summit with Kotobuki (15th Jul. @ Tokyo Kinema Club)
buttonSleep Walker (23rd Jun. @ Shibuya Club Asia)
buttonSoul Flower Union (11th Jun. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Shinkiba Studio Coast)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (9th Jun. @ Nagoya Diamond Hall)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (7th Jun. @ Namba Hatch)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (6th Jun. @ Hiroshima Club Quattro)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (5th Jun. @ Fukuoka Drum Logos)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (3rd Jun. @ Zepp Tokyo)
buttonBen Harper & The Innocent Criminals (2nd Jun. @ Yokohama Blitz)
buttonAllen Toussaint (1st Jun. @ Harajuku Blue Jay Way)
buttonMishka (27th May. @ Yokohama Osanbashi Hall)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (6th May. @ Nagoya Up Set)
buttonRico Rodriguez with Cool Wise Men (5th May. @ Esaka Muse Hall)
buttonDown Beat Ruler feat. Bagdad Cafe The Trench Town & The Ska Flames with Rico Rodriguez (3rd May. @ Ebis Garden Hall)
buttonSka Cubano (2nd May. @ Roppongi Hills Arena)
buttonJanet Klein (24th Apr. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)
buttonBanda Bassotti (17th Apr. @ Parco Degli Acquedotti, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (8th Apr. @ Zapata, Genova)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Talco (7th Apr. @ C.S.A. Paciana, Bergamo)
buttonBanda Bassotti (4th Apr. @ Piazza Mercato, Marghera)
buttonBanda Bassotti with Brigada Flores Magon (1st Apr. @ Villagio Globale, Rome)
buttonBanda Bassotti (29th Mar. @ Auditorium Flog, Firenze)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (23rd Mar. @ McCabe's Guitar Shop, Santa Monica)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (22nd Mar. @ Yoshi's Bar, Oakland)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (20th Mar. @ Schubas Tavern, Chicago)
buttonShamisen Nite : Mika Uchizato, Keisho Ohno, Umekichi, Yasukatsu Oshima & Takeharu Kunimoto : (18th Mar. @ Joe's Pub, N.Y.C.)

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