Melon / Watermelon

9-1-10             Melon / Watermelon

The works of Toshio Nakanishi!


CD DEEP CUT                                                          SONY JPN            MHCL 636

1987 17 TRKS (’05 issue) kami sleeve (7 x bonus tracks)

CD DEEP CUT REMIX                                             SONY JPN            SRCL 2516

1992 10 TRKS remixes

12″ DO THE PITHECAN-HAPPY AGE                   PICK UP NL         TPU 0016

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD DO YOU LIKE JAPAN?                                      SONY JPN            MHCL 634

1982 11 TRKS (’05 issue) kami sleeve (2 x bonus tracks)

12″ FUNKASIA / ONLY TONIGHT                           EPIC UK                MELON T1

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ GATE OF JAPONESIA                                       EPIC UK                MELON T2

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ HARDCORE HAWAIIAN                                    CBS/SONY JPN   12AP 3309

1987 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CDx2 RIPE                                                                     EGD JPN              EGD 13/14

2005 29 TRK Collection, wooden box

12″ SERIOUS JAPANESE                                       CBS/SONY JPN   12AP 3056

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD SHINJUKU BLADERUNNER (Collection)    ALFA JPN              ALCA-5153

1997 12 TRK Collection

12″ TERIMAKASHE                                                   ALFA JPN              MEL-1

1997 6 TRK EP; sticker on sleeve

Melon & Watermelon

CD PITHECANTHROPUS ERECTUS                  SONY JPN            MHCL 326

1983 17 TRKS (’03 issue) kami sleeve (6 x bonus tracks)


CD COOL MUSIC                                                     SONY JPN            MHCL 635

1984 12 TRKS (’05 issue) kami sleeve (2 x bonus tracks)

CD FIELD TRIP                                                         MAJOR FORCE   MFCD 067

1999 15 TRKS

CD IN PERSON                                                        BRIDGE JPN        EGD-025

2006 14 TRKS Live ’05, promo

CD OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE                         MAJOR FORCE   MFCD 055

1997 7 TRKS

12″ OUT OF BODY SESSIONS                              MAJOR FORCE   MFAD 062

1997 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5 OUT OF BODY SESSIONS                              MAJOR FORCE   MFCD 064

1997 3 TRKS

CD RUTA DE EVACUACION                                  MAJOR FORCE   MFCD 068

1999 7 TRKS

After The Plastics, Hajime Tachibana began making solo albums for Yen Records, and Toshio Nakanishi formed Melon with Chica Sato.  Within a year or two, Melon got an alter-ego, the easy listening band Watermelon.

Both bands went into retirement for most of the 90’s.  Toshi moved to England and separated from Chica – a different story.  In 2010, Melon, Watermelon and The Plastics have all been re-formed at various times.  I wrote the liner notes for the 2nd Watermelon album, “Out Of Body Experience”.  I am currently writing Nakanishi’s discography / biography.




Towards the end of July, 2010 – the list of titles in my collection hit 25,000.  I noticed this as I was entering new titles obtained at the Buena Park swap meet.  Some time ago, I made a decision to not let my “collection” grow beyond 25,000 titles.         In other words, new stuff comes in, but something must go out.

As does not need detailing here, I have monstrously over-collected; multiple copies of albums (usually variants), as well as trying / buying titles that end up being “not required”.  But I usually don’t so anything about it – Into the collection it goes!

I went to San Francisco over the weekend of my birthday, and got a few more titles – more titles had to come out of my list to accommodate them.  As of today, this system is working fairly well.  My list is at 25K, not under, not over.

In a perfect world, I would like to get my collection down to an unspecified number of titles – 20,000?  18,000?  I never decided.

Looking at this scenario from the opposite perspective, I have recently started my “Ultimate Collection” project (i.e. If I had to start over, it would be with these titles).  How big will this list get to be?  At one time, I thought my “List” would / should top out at about 8,000 titles (17,000 fewer titles than I now have?  Now that’s over-collecting!)

Where do I store all of this stuff?  I have filled shelving in two rooms, and there are many cartons of CD’s, 45’s, even LP’s in two additional rooms.  I would describe my storage condition as burdensome.

All of which is not of concern to anybody who reads this.  It’s my own fault for having too much stuff.  And certainly there are hundreds…thousands of titles that I do not really need, for any purpose – that are in my “list”.  Can I assemble the master file for “60’s singles that I remember and like”?  Probably.  How many titles of any given genre do I have to own to ‘understand’ it?  Who knows…

What am I going to do with my collection?  Well…what I am doing is writing about it, listening to it, sharing it a bit and attempting to clarify what I think about it (in writing).

The good news: I am fairly happy with my big collection and I love listening to it and playing with it.  The bad news: I want some floor space back – this collection takes up way too much room!

It is certainly my 21st century conundrum.  I want a large music collection, but I don’t want to have it take up too much space.  Yes, a good portion of my collection is of aesthetic value – even beyond the music contained therein.