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Pizzicato Five

Godfathers of the Shibuya-kei scene, Tokyo kitsch-pop deconstructionists Pizzicato Five originally began taking shape as far back as 1979, when university students Yasuharu Konishi and Keitaro Takanami first met at a local music society meeting. Agreeing to form a band, they soon recruited fellow society member Ryo Kamamiya; their search for a suitable vocalist proved frustrating, however, and only in late 1984 did they settle on singer Mamiko Sasaki. The first Pizzicato Five single, "Audrey Hepburn Complex," followed a year later, and in 1986 the group issued its debut LP, Pizzicato Five in Action; a slew of subsequent records established the Pizzicato Five among the most popular acts in Japan, in spite of a series of lineup fluctuations that saw both Kamamiya and Sasaki exit in 1988, replaced soon after by vocalist Takao Tajima (who in turn quit the following year). Beginning with the 1990 single "Lovers Rock," Maki Nomiya was the new P5 vocalist; their popularity at home continued to soar, and in 1994 the American indie label Matador agreed to issue the compilation EP Five by Five. Takanami quit shortly after its release, however, reducing the group to a duo; after a pair of other U.S. compilations, Made in USA and The Sound of Music by Pizzicato Five, in 1997 they issued Happy End of the World, the first of their LPs to enjoy simultaneous Japanese and American release. The International Playboy and Playgirl Record followed two years later, and the group's last proper album of the '90s, Pizzicato Five (tm), appeared in November 1999. Soon after the turn of the millennium, Konishi and Nomiya announced that Pizzicato Five would disband after a final show in Tokyo on March 31, 2001. The group left a legacy of acclaimed recordings as well as the kitschy blueprint for J-pop used by many Japanese bands to the present day. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Playboy & Playgirl

1. La Depression

2. Rolls Royce

3. A New Song

4. Week-End

5. Magic Twin Candle Tale

6. Concerto

7. Such A Beautiful Girl Like You

8. Playboy Playgirl

10. I Hear A Symphony

11. Drinking Wine

12. The Great Invitations

13. Stars

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Track List: Made In USA

1. I

2. Sweet Soul Revue

3. Magic Carpet Ride

4. Readymade FM

5. Baby Love Child

6. Twiggy Twiggy / Twiggy Vs. James Bond

7. This Year's Girl #2

8. I Wanna Be Like You

9. Go Go Dancer

10. Catchy

11. Peace Music

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WTF Pandora - why is this sort of vitriolic TRASH appearing on my stevie ray vaughn station. I think my ears threw up.
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moleculematt
Drove a 80's McLaren Clarence around listening to this song by pizzacato 5. So much fun.
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We need more Pizzicato in our lives.... Le sigh...
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prochrld
another cool jpop
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Didn't know they sang Baby Love Child until I clicked a random one of tier videos :') so glad I did
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Love P5, also check out Nomoto Karia!!
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wussuptommy
If you like these guys...check out Bitter: Sweet!
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no !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! this is so stupid
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so cute
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I love this group.
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mickeybruce5 2
thank you so much, Pandora, for introducing me to Pizzicato Five. fabulous sounds!
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Perfect for my Lounge station. Really like this band, and never heard of them -- thank you!
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I love P5!!
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hooverlc
Thank you Futurama for introducing me to this fantastic band!
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sibog5622
I <3 shibuya kei!
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I don't even remember how I came across P5, but I'm so glad I did! Easily one of my favorite bands!
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Great Indie-Pop. I found them on my Pandora Stereolab channel.
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Catchy!!! I've been digging this band since 95 jammin in my aunts bedroom in Bloomsfield MI.
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madmod
Instant hapiness!
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I got introduced to P5 by a college roommate and from day 1 I was hooked. There's no easy way to describe what their music is, except wonderful! A friend once described this type of music as something you'd hear at Old Navy, the best description I've heard yet! Very fun and makes you feel happy no matter what. My roommate also introduced me to Fantastic Plastic Machine, another awesome act from Japan and sometime collaborator with Pizzicato Five. Two of my favorite music acts.
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I love P5!
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Fascinating!

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