Carrie, you're right - Polysics / Berryz Koubou = Apples / Oranges. True that.
BUT if what appears to be true, then Berryz Koubou, or any Hello Project ensemble, should be able to tour the world with no problem...right? So why don't they? That's actually not a rhetorical question because I believe B.K.'s lack of world success issues are quite different then those of Polysics.
I'm not talking about what appeals to US fanatical / loyal Polysics fans, I'm talking about the math. IF an idol band(s) can appeal to a broader audience, then WHY aren't they touring?
On the other hand, Polysics is arguably a "cult" band at the very least, and a band that appeals to a more discriminating world audience at its very best in the USA / Europe, right?
I would venture to offer Talking Heads as a business model...This was a band from the 70s / 80s that toured the world on a shoe string budget, forged a name for themselves, then proceeded to use their earnings to memorialize their accomplishments in a single concert film (Stop Making Sense). PS - If you didn't already notice, T.H. has had as much an influence on Polysics's stylings and presentation as DEVO, the B-52s, Kraftwerk and The Clash...but I digress...
From all evidence so far presented, I'm convinced that Polysics is as austere a band as Talking Heads - putting every single penny up on the stage and in to every video and every audio recording. Besides the economics, there is every reason in the world that Polysics should be a "world band" on the same level that Talking Heads was in their time - and they were / are still - very close to it, and they could still do it... (sidebar: It is not easy to ignore that Talking Heads's late 70s / early 80s stage presence is like four Kayos...)
How about a couple of T.H. numbers...right about now...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4uqBkiVV5A (Found a Job)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZYHP6IBoac (Don't Worry About the Government)
Let us take historic and factual note that there was a great deal of unspoken "coolness" that this band had a woman (Tina Weymouth) playing bass, and that the lead singer / song writer, David Byrne, is / was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome...but again I digress...
Polysics is a smokin' hot band, with a female bass player - but (as far as I know) nobody with Asperger's is in the line-up, and ironically like T.H. in a certain way, Polysics had / has a keyboard player issue; Talking Heads started as a trio, then GAINED a keyboard player - cut to 30 years later and we see a phenomenal band that LOST a keyboard player and is now a trio...
We can argue the minutia forever, but the fact is that this group of Heavy Polysick fans here in this forum KNOW P is a vital life force, and whether we choose to admit it or not, they could flourish just as easily as they could plunge into obscurity at the drop of a hat. I REALLY believe the trio has found their new groove, and now they have to find the confidence and support of the money people to bring it to the world.
Polysics is so beyond some bar-band workin' the islands of Japan. If they were something like that, then DEVO would NEVER have acknowledged them. I sincerely hope they find the launch switch and fire-up the candle - otherwise, they'll be into their 40s soon, and beside the Rolling Stones (who I'm not sure are human), they are likely to turn their hearts towards their own lives and the fleeting few moments life has to offer (kind of like the keyboard player already took note of, and hit the road for...)
Polysics has got it goin' on. All of our discussion about marketing, webshops, and random ideas doesn't mean much beyond this global tribe (us - brought together by the internet and our common interests...) unless they (Polysics), can bring it to the world.
OK, they would still be the world's GREATEST bar band, but we'd have to get our butts over there to enjoy happy hour!
HEY! Regardless of hopes and dreams of Polysics being able to continue making a living at their job AND forging a world name for themselves (and I sincerely hope they do), would it not be a moment to remember if somehow, all the fans in this forum were to end up at the same event and be able to share a drink / make a toast together - face to face? How cool would that be?
Now I know I'm really dreaming!!!
PS - a BONUS for the T.H. fans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA1oFSMwRDU (Psycho Killer)