|Origin||New York City, USA|
|Genres||Shibuya-kei, indie rock, indie pop, trip hop, bossa nova, acid jazz, ambient|
|Years active||1994–2002, 2011–present|
|Labels||Chimera Music, Warner Bros. Records|
|Associated acts||Butter 08
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
|Past members||Sean Lennon
Cibo Matto (meaning crazy food in Italian, and pronounced [ˈtʃiːbo ˈmatto]) is a New York City-based band formed by Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori in 1994. Initially, the lyrics in their songs were primarily concerned with food, before expanding into broader subject matter following the addition of Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis, and Duma Love to the band, showcased on their second studio album.
While the two founding members of the group are Japanese expatriates, the group is not especially popular in Japan; the group did not gain nearly as large a following in Japan as it did in the United States. According to Billboard, their first album Viva! La Woman sold only 20,000 copies in Japan but over 74,000 copies in the U.S. Japanese listeners did not understand the appeal of the group.
After close to 10 years spent pursuing other work, Honda and Hatori reunited as Cibo Matto in 2011, playing a series of concerts and recording new material, which culminated in the release of their third studio album Hotel Valentine on February 14, 2014.
- 1 History
- 2 Band members
- 3 Grand Royal involvement
- 4 Works featuring Cibo Matto music
- 5 Discography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Viva! La Woman: 1994–1996
After working together in the noise rock band Leitoh Lychee, Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda formed Cibo Matto in 1994 with Honda as the instrumentalist and Hatori as the vocalist (although occasionally Honda sang and Hatori contributed instrumentally). In 1995, Cibo Matto released a self titled EP on El Diablo Records. The EP caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records, which signed Cibo Matto later in the year. Through Warner Bros. the duo released its first major album, Viva! La Woman. Cibo Matto is an Italian phrase that translates to "Crazy Food" and many of the tracks from Viva! La Woman, which was produced by Mitchell Froom, featured lyrics related to food, including "Know Your Chicken", "Apple", and "Birthday Cake". The album's first single, "Sugar Water", was a modest college radio and dance hit. The song was accompanied by an innovative split screen music video that was directed by Michel Gondry, where each side showed the same footage—one side going forward, and one backward, meeting mid-song. After the music videos for "Know Your Chicken" and "Sugar Water" enjoyed success on MTV, Cibo Matto made appearances on various television shows such as Oddville, Viva Variety, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Birthday Cake" was heavily featured in the video game Jet Set Radio Future. in 1996, Cibo Matto contributed "Águas De Março (Waters of March)" to the AIDS benefit album Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin, which was produced by the Red Hot Organization.
Stereo ★ Type A: 1997–2001
In 1997, Cibo Matto released a new EP entitled Super Relax, which would complete the line-up by introducing new members Sean Lennon and Timo Ellis with Duma Love joining soon thereafter. In 1998 Lennon released his debut solo album Into the Sun, which featured Hatori ("Into the Sun", "Sean's Theme") and Ellis ("Mystery Juice", "Home", "Spaceship"). Into the Sun was produced and inspired by Honda (whom Lennon was dating at the time). Honda, Hatori, Ellis and Love appeared in the closing scene of the video for Lennon's single "Home". Cibo Matto went on to release its second album Stereo ★ Type A in 1999. Although it was a departure from the much-loved sound of Viva! La Woman, Stereo ★ Type A was well received by music critics.
Cibo Matto continued to play live and tour until disbanding in 2002. Honda said: "We felt the need to move to the next step. It was a healthy decision, though it was sad at the same time. Things just need to grow out of things sometimes." All of the members of Cibo Matto went on to release solo material.
2011 reunion and Hotel Valentine
Cibo Matto announced its reunion on March 18, 2011, to perform as part of a benefit concert for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The concert, which took place on March 27 at Columbia University in New York City, also included Yoko Ono, John Zorn, Sonic Youth, and Mike Patton. Following the success of this show, a second was added, this time featuring the Plastic Ono Band and Patti Smith along with Cibo Matto.
On May 16, 2011, Cibo Matto announced its US reunion tour titled "Yeah, Basically Cibo Matto" with a tour Web site  and promotional video. During the concerts, the band reportedly spoke about a new studio album that was to be released in 2012. On July 17, 2012, the band announced it would be opening for Wilco at one of its shows. The band's current live lineup includes Yuko Araki on drums.
On June 15, 2013, the band played the Meltdown Festival in London and announced that its new album will be released in 2014. While the performance also featured Yoko Ono on "Know Your Chicken", the group also played new songs titled "MFN", "Check In", and "Tenth Floor Ghost Girl". On December 11, Pitchfork reported that Hotel Valentine would be released on February 14, 2014 (Valentine's Day), and that Cibo Matto had shared its music video for "MFN".
- Yuka Honda: sampler, sequencer, keyboard, piano, organ, synthesizer, harpsichord, backing vocals (1994–2002, 2011–present)
- Miho Hatori: Lead vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar (1994–2002, 2011–present)
- Sean Lennon: Bass guitar, electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar, drums, percussion, synthesizer, backing vocals (1997–2002)
- Timo Ellis: Drums, percussion, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitar, backing vocals (1997–2002)
- Duma Love: Percussion, vocals, turntable, beat box (1997–2002)
- Yuko Araki: Drums (2011–present)
Grand Royal involvement
Although Cibo Matto was represented by Warner Bros. Records, they were also considered to be a major part of the Grand Royal Records family.
- Under Grand Royal, Honda and Hatori formed side-project band Butter 08 (1996) with Russell Simins, Rick Lee and Mike Mills.
- Hatori collaborated with the Beastie Boys (who founded Grand Royal) on their 1997 album, Hello Nasty.
- Sean Lennon released his debut album, Into the Sun (1998) on Grand Royal (which featured Honda, Hatori and Ellis).
- Yumiko Ōno of Buffalo Daughter (a former Grand Royal band) contributed moog synthesizer and backing vocals to Stereo-Type A (1999).
- In 2000, Grand Royal released a compilation album titled At Home with the Groove Box in which Lennon contributed the song "Winged Elephants", while Honda and Hatori contributed the song "We Love Our Lawyers". The compilation also featured artists such as Beck and Sonic Youth.
Works featuring Cibo Matto music
- (1996) "Birthday Cake" was featured in The Kids in the Hall's feature-length film, Brain Candy. Yoko Ono also released her EP Rising Mixes, featuring a remix of her song "Talking to the Universe" by Cibo Matto.
- (1997) The band guest-performed on the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer's second season premiere in the fictional club "The Bronze", performing "Spoon" and "Sugar Water", the latter being played during the infamous scene in which Buffy Summers teases Xander Harris with her dance.
- (1998) "Who's Got the Light" was featured in Half-Baked.
- (1999) "Sugar Water" appeared in Christopher Doyle's directorial debut, Away with Words.
- (2000) "Moonchild" was featured in the film Down to You.
- (2002) "Birthday Cake" was featured as part of the video game soundtrack for Jet Set Radio Future.
- (2006) Their music was featured in the M. Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water.
- (2010) "Sugar Water" appeared in the Nip/Tuck finale.
- (2012) "Know Your Chicken" was featured in "Keep Bushwick Beautiful! Colorful People" by Rafael Fuchs.
- "Birthday Cake" 7" (1995)
- "Know Your Chicken" 7" (1996)
- "Working for Vacation" (1999)
- "Moonchild" (1999)
- "Spoon" (1999)
- "Know Your Chicken" directed by Evan Bernard (1996)
- "Sugar Water" directed by Michel Gondry (1996)
- "MFN" directed by Georgia (2013)
- "Cibo Matto – Free listening, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- Jason Ankeny. "Cibo Matto | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Barnes & Noble - Cibo Matto Interview". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- Bell, Carrie. "Warner Bros. Positions Cibo Matto To Break Its 'Stereotype'". Billboard: 13. 1 May 1999.
- Considine, J. D. "Band Builds Lyrical Bridge Between Japan and the U.S.: Cibo Matto filters blues, funk, jazz through Asian aesthetic". Los Angeles Times. 11 Aug 1999.
- "Cibo Matto Announces Hotel Valentine, First Album in 15 Years, Share "MFN" Video". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Bogdanov, Vladimir (2001). All music guide to electronica: the definitive guide to electronic music. Backbeat Books. ISBN 0-87930-628-9.
- "Split Screen - Cibo Matto—Sugar Water". Splitscreen.us. 2005-07-04. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- HILBURN, ROBERT. "Q & A: Sean Lennon; Karma Boy". Los Angeles Times. 18 May 1998.
- "Stereotype A - Cibo Matto". W. Dire Wolff. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- "Cibo Matto: The Interview - Time Out Tokyo". Timeout.jp. 2011-04-03. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- Hollywood Bowl (2012-05-14). "Big in Japan: Yellow Magic Orchestra & Cibo Matto". Hollywood Bowl. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- "Yeah, Basically Cibo Matto Tour 2011". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-21.
- Wilks, Jon. "Cibo Matto at Meltdown: A Review". The Autojubilator. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
- Cibo Matto official website
- Sean Ono Lennon.com (Official)
- Timo Ellis official website
- J-pop.com review