Japanese new wave musical groups

Posted Jul 11, 2011
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  1. Cascade



    Cascade (stylized as CASCADE) is a Japanese visual kei rock band, with a sound not typical of others in the movement, in that it is strongly influenced by new wave music. The band formed in 1993 and disbanded in August 2002, but six years later the band reunited and released a new album in 2009, Vivo.

  2. Buck-Tick



    Buck-Tick (stylized as BUCK-TICK) is a Japanese rock band, formed in Fujioka, Gunma in 1983. The group has consisted of Atsushi Sakurai (lead vocals), Hisashi Imai (guitar), Hidehiko Hoshino (guitar), Yutaka Higuchi (bass) and Toll Yagami (drums) since 1985. In their three decade career, the band has released 19 studio albums, nearly all reaching the top ten on the charts, of which three in the late eighties and early nineties topped them. In addition to having experimented with many different genres of music, including punk, dark wave, electronic, industrial, gothic and straight rock, they are commonly credited as one of the founders of the visual kei movement.

  3. Polysics



    Polysics (ポリシックス Porishikkusu, typeset POLYSICS) is a Japanese new wave and rock band from Tokyo, who dubs its unique style as "technicolor pogo punk". It was named after a brand of synthesizer, the Korg Polysix. The band started in 1997, but got their big break in 1998 at a concert in Tokyo. They create high energy music, fusing conventional guitar music with synthesized and computer generated sound to create a unique mixture of punk and synthpop heavily inspired by the American bands Devo and The Tubes, as well as Japanese bands such as P-Model and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Their song lyrics often consist of Japanese, English, or just plain gibberish. The band has been noted for their extremely energetic live performances and their wild gimmicky outfits, notably their trademark orange boiler suits, with a simple "P" stamped on them, and their straight-bar sunglasses.

  4. P-Model



    P-Model (also spelled as "P-MODEL" and "P. Model") was a Japanese experimental/electronic rock band started in 1979 by frontman Susumu Hirasawa. The band has experienced many lineup revisions over the years but Hirasawa was always at the helm of operations. It went through various periods of inactivity, notably from 28 December 1988 to 23 November 1990 and from 11 October 1993 to 1 December 1994. P-MODEL officially disbanded on 20 December 2000, although many of its members continue to release solo albums and collaborate with each other on different projects.

  5. Soft Ballet

    Soft Ballet


    Soft Ballet was a Japanese electronic group formed in 1986. The group consisted of three members, Maki Fujii, Ken Morioka, Ryoichi Endo, though they employed extra support members for live shows. While Soft Ballet weren't necessarily chart toppers, they had a strong cult following and were considered pioneers of modern electronic music in Japan in the 90s.

  6. Shazna



    Shazna (stylized as SHAZNA) was a Japanese visual kei rock band originally active from 1993 to 2000. The band started on the relatively harder side of alternative rock, but upon signing to a major label switched to a softer pop sound mixed with new wave. They became one of the most popular visual kei bands of the 1990s, together with Malice Mizer, La'cryma Christi and Fanatic Crisis. Their 1998 major label debut album Gold Sun and Silver Moon reached the number two position on the Oricon chart, sold over a million copies and was named "Rock Album of the Year" at the Japan Gold Disc Awards. In 2006, Shazna reunited, though after releasing an album and a single they disbanded once again in 2009.

  7. Plastics



    Plastics, or The Plastics, were a short-lived Japanese new wave music group prominent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their music was a major influence on Japanese pop music and their songs have been covered by many bands, most notably Polysics, Pizzicato Five, and Stereo Total.

  8. Vola and the Oriental Machine

    Vola and the Oriental Machine


    Vola and the Oriental Machine (also known as Vola) is a four-member Japanese rock band formed by ex-Number Girl and Zazen Boys drummer Ahito Inazawa in 2005. The group is named after the soccer team Vola F.C., which was also the name of the short-lived band formed by Inazawa before Number Girl's disbandment in 2002.

  9. Shun (band)

    Shun (band)


    Shun () (later known as "Syun") was a Japanese experimental sampling unit created by Susumu Hirasawa. The unit, while essentially over, never officially ended, with its last work being released in 1996.

  10. Lillies and Remains

    Lillies and Remains


    Lilies and Remains is a Japanese New Wave/Post-Punk band. The band was formed in 2006, began performing together in 2007 and had its major debut in 2008.

  11. Ippu-Do



    Ippu-Do (一風堂) was a Japanese synthpop trio of the early 1980s led by singer/songwriter Masami Tsuchiya.

  12. Melon



    Melon was a group formed by former The Plastics members Toshio Nakanishi and Chica Sato. When The Plastics broke up in 1982, Toshio went to New York and formed Melon with friends Percy Jones of Brand X, Dougie Bowne of The Lounge Lizards, and Bernie Worrell of Funkadelic and Chica Sato, former vocalist of The Plastics, trying to merge funk with Japanese and became known as a quirky, exotic, pop band. Chica’s appearances in Toshi’s projects since Melon have dwindled, but Toshio continues collaborating music acts, changing sounds and names: Tycoon Tosh, Group of Gods, Love T.K.O., Major Force and Skylab being some of the most often used.

  13. Talizman


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    Talizman was a Japanese new wave group perhaps best known for performing the opening and closing songs of Ultraman 80 and the 1984 OVA Locke the Superman. They also did several songs for musicals such as the Japanese version of Hair. After the band broke up in 1981, Noboru Kimura, the lead vocalist, operated under the name Harry Kimura, doing several anime and tokusatsu themes.

  14. Frank Chickens

    Frank Chickens


    Frank Chickens are a female Japanese musical group based in London, who have performed songs mainly in English from 1982.

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