We’re going to be honest: we were surprised by the quality of rock ‘n roll bars we found in Japan. Maybe it’s because we’re jaded or maybe it’s because we expected strangeness, but we spent a lot of time saying, “Hey, this place has cool music.” Do not laugh at our wide-eyed wonder — have you checked out the jukeboxes in Los Angeles clubs lately? Not good stuff at all.
Thus we were pleased to run across this review of Garage Land in Shibuya-ku. It sounds exactly like the kind of place Planet Tokyo would hang out after a long day of wandering the streets of Tokyo. There’s something comforting about knowing we can get a cold beer while listening to Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. Or The Clash. Or The Sex Pistols. Or The English Beat. Heck, there’s probably a good selection of X and the Ramones for all we know (and customers can bring their own tunes if they want).
We used to go out drinking a lot and think, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a bar that played exactly the kind of music we like,’ ” explains [co-owner Tsutomu] Saito.
If only more bar owners shared this sensibility. We might consider leaving PT‘s international headquarters more often. Of course, given the club’s location, it’s probably the only punk bar in the world packed with people.