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大江戸の火消し — Firemen of Edo

From the bizzare covers department The Highway Star is proud to present you this gem:


This is our very own Smoke on the Water retitled “Oedo No Hikeshi” (Firemen of Edo; Edo is the old name of Tokyo), performed on a Japanese show called “Tokiwazubushi Is Rock”. Tokiwazubushi is a school of Joruri, and developed alongside Kabuki theatre, which it was played to accompany. The concert was part of TV Asahi’s weekly series “Daimei No Nai Ongakukai” (Concert Without a Title).

On the “Tokiwazubushi Is Rock” show they also did “Jailhouse Rock aka Denmacho Soodori” (Everyone Dance in Denmacho):
where lyrics are arranged/modified to fit the Edo era imagery, while retaining the original theme/subject matter – as with SOTW, while We Will Rock You was done in English, with a section of a traditional song inserted in the middle:


Thanks to Andrey Gusenkov for bringing it up and to Akiko Hada for her expertise.

11 Comments to “大江戸の火消し — Firemen of Edo”:

  1. 1
    Martin Salazar says:


    Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary definition of classic:

    Pronunciation: \kla-sik\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: French or Latin; French classique, from Latin classicus of the highest class of Roman citizens, of the first rank, from classis
    Date: circa 1604
    1 a: serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value b: traditional enduring c: characterized by simple tailored lines in fashion year after year
    2: of or relating to the ancient Greeks and Romans or their culture : classical
    3 a: historically memorable
    b: noted because of special literary or historical associations
    4 a: authentic authoritative b: typical

    Any Doubt?

  2. 2
    micke says:

    Big in Japan.. this is great!

  3. 3
    stoffer says:

    Bizzare indeed!! really could have done as an instrumental and I would have enjoyed it.

  4. 4
    Joanna says:

    Original! The Japanese are very inventive indeed :).

  5. 5
    Roberto says:

    I would understand what they say!

  6. 6
    T says:

    優良 歌謡. 興味津津!

  7. 7
    BILL MAJOR says:

    !@$%#^&+)*&?. AND NOT ONLY THAT,~!~@@%^&??.. !!!!!!!!SSSSSS

  8. 8
    Stefan says:

    Oooh…not clap…yes?

  9. 9
    Eddie says:

    And we thought that DP were pushing boundaries to the limit when they pulled the original out of Mr Blackmore’s Hat!!

    How wrong were we!!!


  10. 10
    George says:

    Why these videos are already unavailable? I had the chante to see only the first one on YouTube.

    Couldn’t they be back for a few more weeks?


  11. 11
    keigu suzume says:

    There are copies in YouTube. Though each one is lossy of course. I have this downloaded as a music track for myself. If it would be even possible to retrieve the original record and publish it in better quality, that would be great.

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