Hey old school JRock kids, remember these guys? Guniw Tools were one of the more unique Japanese bands around during the late 90s boom of Japanese music. Because of the internet, a lot of these bands were getting exposure around the world, and teens such as myself were eating it up. Guniw Tools’ first few albums were during their trio-period, where guitarist Jake wrote a majority of the material. After Jake’s departure, Full (vocals) and Asaki (guitar, bass, programming) took over songwriting duties, and produced two of my all-time favorite albums- DAZZLE and Fickle Boon. DAZZLE was especially breathtaking at the time, as the styles on the album were all over the place, incorporating elements of shoegaze, industrial, pop, and trip-hop.
Today, all those feelings I have for those albums (in particular DAZZLE) have been shattered. A few years ago I discovered that the Looser Sugar, a song from Fickle Boon, was directly lifted from Yo La Tengo’s Sugarcube. I thought nothing of it, as it was common to find a few Japanese songs that were either direct “covers” or lifted riffs from Western music. What I didn’t realize was that 50% (that I know of at this point) of DAZZLE is blatantly plagiarized with no attribution in the liner notes to the original writers. I will first embed the Guniw Tools song, followed by the Western song it plagiarizes. This is a sad day for me, indeed.
GUNIW TOOLS – BABY’S ONE DO vs THE STONE ROSES – FOOLS GOLD
GUNIW TOOLS – VANITY vs NINE INCH NAILS – HERESY
GUNIW TOOLS – Tooi Kari vs PJ HARVEY – SEND HIS LOVE TO ME
GUNIW TOOLS – DROP an OAR vs Curve – Cuckoo
If you want to include tracks on DAZZLE’s re-issue, which includes the DADA single and b-side STEEL LEAF, here you go.
GUNIW TOOLS – DADA vs Duran Duran – IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?
GUNIW TOOLS – STEEL LEAF vs Curve – Men are from mars, Women are from venus
And here it the one most Guniw Tools fans were already familiar with.
GUNIW TOOLS – LOOSER SUGAR vs Yo La Tengo – Sugarcube