Friday, December 10, 2021

Hide - Hide Your Face (1994)


Hide - Hide Your Face (1994)


Tracklist front / back album covers


1. "Psychommunity"   4:04

2. "Dice"   3:03

3. "Scanner"   3:23

4. "Eyes Love You (T.T. Version)"   5:57

5. "D.O.D. (Drink Or Die)"   2:17

6. "Crime of Breen St."   1:17

7. "Doubt (Remix Version)"   4:42

8. "A Story"   3:13

9. "Frozen Bug '93 (Diggers Version)"   4:44

10. "T.T. Groove"   0:31

11. "Blue Sky Complex"   5:35

12. "Oblaat (Remix Version)"   4:47

13. "Tell Me"   4:44

14. "Honey Blade"   4:31

15. "50% & 50% (Crystal Lake Version)"   5:33

16. "Psychommunity Exit"   19:57



Hide Band Members / Musicians

hide – vocals, guitar, arranger, producer

Kazuhiko Inada – co-producer, synthesizer programming

Terry Bozzio – drums on tracks 2, 4, 10, 11, 14

Mitsuko Akai – drums on tracks 8, 13

Junji Ikehata – drums on track 15

T. M. Stevens – bass on tracks 2, 4, 10, 11, 14

Michiaki Suzuki – bass on track 12

Toshihiro Nara – bass on track 15

Rich Breen – Rhodes on track 6, recording engineer, mixing engineer

Neil Larson – organ on track 11

Jerry Hey, Gary E. Grant, William F. Reichenbach – horn on track 11

Maxine Waters, Julia Waters, Carmen Twillie – chorus on track 11

Byron Berline – fiddle on track 15

Tsuneo Tomono – recording engineer, mixing engineer on tracks 6, 10, 15 (band section), 16

Kazushige Yamazaki – mastering engineer


Cover versions

Yoshiki composed a piece based on "Psychommunity Exit" as the intro for the 1999 hide tribute album Tribute Spirits. American bassist T.M. Stevens, who plays on the album, recorded a cover of "Blue Sky Complex" for his 1999 album Radioactive. Nightmare guitarist Hitsuji covered "D.O.D. (Drink Or Die)" for Tribute II -Visual Spirits-, while Dezert covered it for Tribute III -Visual Spirits-. Both albums were released on July 3, 2013. The Cherry Coke$ also recorded a version of the same song for Tribute VII -Rock Spirits-, released on December 18, 2013. "D.O.D. (Drink Or Die)" was covered by FLOW firstly at hide present MIXED LEMONed JELLY 2016 in Maihama Amphitheater then recorded the studio version for June 6, 2018 Tribute Impulse album.



Hide Your Face is the debut album by Japanese musician hide, released on February 23, 1994. It reached number 9 on the Oricon Albums Chart and was certified Double Platinum by the RIAJ for sales over 500,000 copies. It was named one of the top albums from 1989-1998 in a 2004 issue of the music magazine Band Yarouze.

Hideto Matsumoto (Japanese: 松本 秀人, Hepburn: Matsumoto Hideto, December 13, 1964 – May 2, 1998), also known as hide, was a Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He was the lead guitarist of the rock band X Japan from 1987 to 1997 and a solo artist from 1993 onward. He also formed the United States-based rock supergroup Zilch in 1996.

Hide sold millions of records, both solo and as a member of X Japan. X Japan rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s, credited as founders of the Japanese visual kei movement. When they disbanded in 1997, he focused on his solo career which started four years prior and went on to enjoy significant popularity. At the height of his fame, while recording his third studio album and about to launch an international career with the newly formed Zilch, he died in 1998 of what was ruled a suicide by hanging. He was seen as an icon for Japanese youth rebelling against their country's conformist society, and his death was labeled "the end of an era".



Hide Band Members / Musicians

Kazuhiko "I.N.A." Inada (稲田和彦) – percussion, programming, backing vocals 1993–1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (Zilch, Dope HEADz, Sonic Storage)

Toshiya "Ran" Matsukawa (松川敏也) – guitar, backing vocals 1994–1996 (Blizard, X-Ray, Twinzer)

Hiroshi "Chirolyn" Watanabe (渡邊紘士) – bass, acoustic guitar, backing and lead vocals 1994–1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (Debonair, Madbeavers, Chirolyn & The Angels)

Satoshi "Joe" Miyawaki (宮脇知史) – drums 1994–1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (44Magnum, Ziggy, Madbeavers, Rider Chips)

Daijiro "D.I.E." Nozawa (野澤大二郎) – keyboards, piano, guitar, backing and lead vocals 1994–1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (Loopus, Ra:IN, Minimum Rockets)

Kiyoshi Honma (本間清司) – guitar, backing vocals 1996–1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (Jewel, Virus, Media Youth, R, machine, Madbeavers, Lucy)

Kazuhito "K.A.Z" Iwaike (岩池一仁) – guitar, backing vocals 1998, 2008, 2016, 2018 (Oblivion Dust, Spin Aqua, Sonic Storage, Vamps)

X Japan guitarist Pata made numerous live appearances with the band and also appears on a couple studio recordings. Jennifer Finch and Demetra "Dee" Plakas, of American all-girl grunge band L7, supported Hide on a couple of TV performances in 1993 before Spread Beaver was formed, they also appear in the original promotional video for "Doubt".



Hide Discography Full

Hide Your Face (1994)

Psyence (1996)

Ja, Zoo (1998)

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