Dude Hide was not "some jrock dude." He was the heart and soul of X Japan when they were in their prime. It was HIS idea for the crazy Punk/LA metal style get-ups which created an entire subgenre of music in Japan: Visual Kei. Sure Visual Kei AFTER X has been commercial garbage, but X Japan, in the late 80s-early 90s was awesome. Also, let's not forget that his last album before his death, a project called Zilch, had Paul fucking Raven in the band (Yes, THAT Paul Raven from Prong/Ministry).