Crazy Ken Band

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Crazy Ken Band
Genres Funk, rock and roll, pop
Years active 1997 (1997)–present
Labels Universal Sigma/Double Joy
Website crazykenband.com
universal-music.co.jp/CKB/
Members See members section

Crazy Ken Band (クレイジーケンバンド?), also referred to as CKB, is a Japanese musical group formed in 1997 by its lead vocalist, writer and composer Ken Yokoyama. The band first came together in 1991 under the name "CK's", with a four-member lineup: Ken Yokoyama, Keiichi Hiroishi, Masao Onose and Shinya Horaguchi.[1] This incarnation of the group was centred on a 15-man instrumental and vocal group. In 1997, Keiichi Nakanishi became the fifth member and the group's name was changed to "Crazy Ken Band".[2]

The band made its debut in June 1998 with the album Punch! Punch! Punch!. In 2000, support member Toraji Shingū became a full member of the band.[2] The group's first single, "Nikutai Kankei", was released in June 2001. In 2003, HMV Japan ranked the band at #98 in their "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists".[2] In 2005, their song "Tiger & Dragon" was used as the theme song of the critically acclaimed TBS drama of the same name.

The group's first compilation album, CKBB - Oldies But Goodies was released on March 3, 2004, reaching a chart position of #9 and remaining on the charts for forty-nine weeks.[2] A set of compilation albums, Best Tsuru and Best Kame, their third and fourth compilation albums respectively, were released on February 24, 2010. Both were successful; Tsuru charted at #10 on the Oricon weekly chart, selling 13,323 copies in its first week, while Kame charted at #11, selling 12,158 copies in its first week.[3]

"December 17" (12月17日?) and "Kuroi Kizuato no Blues" (黒い傷跡のブルース?), two songs from Galaxy, were featured in the 2006 video game Yakuza 2. "December 17" was later featured on Best Tsuru.

Members[edit]

  • Ken Yokoyama (横山 剣 Yokoyama Ken?) - lead vocalist, chorus, writer, composer, arrangement and keyboardist
  • Masao Onose (小野瀬 雅生 Onose Masao?) - electric guitar and chorus
  • Toraji Shingū (新宮 虎児 Shingū Toraji?) - electric guitar and keyboard
  • Keiichi Nakanishi (中西 圭一 Nakanishi Keiichi?) - saxophone, flute
  • Shinya Horaguchi (洞口 信也 Horaguchi Shinya?) - bass
  • Keiichi Hiroishi (廣石 恵一 Hiroishi Keiichi?) - drums, percussion, bandmaster
  • Toshimitsu Takahashi (高橋 利光 Takahashi Toshimitsu?) - keyboard, arrangement
  • Aiko Sugawara (菅原 愛子 Sugawara Aiko?) - vocals, chorus
  • Smokey Tetsuni (スモーキー・テツニ?) - vocals, chorus
  • Wakaba Kawai (河合 わかば Kawai Wakaba?) - trombone, flute
  • Hironori Sawano (澤野 博敬 Sawano Hironori?) - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Gen Date (伊達 弦 Date Gen?) - percussion

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

# Title Release date Chart position
1 "Nikutai Kankei" (肉体関係 Sex Friend?) June 25, 2001
2 "September" (せぷてんばぁ?) September 10, 2001
Jusy 23, 2003 (re-release)

187 (re-release)
3 "Mappira Rock" (まっぴらロック?) May 22, 2002 98
4 "GT" July 10, 2002 57
5 "Tiger & Dragon" (タイガー&ドラゴン?) December 4, 2002
April 27, 2005 (re-release)
17
6 "Christmas Nante Daikirai!! Nanchatte" (クリスマスなんて大嫌い!! なんちゃって♥ I Hate Christmas! Only Joking♥?) December 4, 2002 14
7 "Amai Hibi/A, Yaru to kya Yaranakya Dame na no yo." (甘い日々/あ、やるときゃやらなきゃダメなのよ。?) February 19, 2003 24
8 "Abuku" (あぶく Easy?) December 1, 2004 35
9 "Meri Meri (I Wanna Marry Marry You)" (メリメリ -I Wanna Marry Marry You-?) July 26, 2006 28
10 "Tenyawanya Desu yo" (てんやわんやですよ Hectic!?) February 21, 2007 10
11 "Girlfriend" (ガールフレンド?) July 22, 2009 12
12 1107 (イイオンナ Good Woman?) July 21, 2010 15
13 Ippai Ippai (いっぱい いっぱい Full Full?) July 6, 2011 20
14 Wairudo de Ikou!!! (ワイルドで行こう!!! Let's Go Wild!!!?) November 23, 2011 44
15 Furuyou Kurabu (不良倶楽部 Failure Club?) February 1, 2012 32

Studio albums[edit]

# Title Release date Chart position
1 Punch! Punch! Punch! June 25, 1998
2 Goldfish Bowl May 10, 1999
3 Shock Ryōhō (ショック療法 Shock Therapy?) June 10, 2000
4 Gran Turismo (グランツーリズモ?) August 7, 2002 34
5 777 June 25, 2003 14
6 Brown Metallic June 23, 2004 13
7 Soul Punch July 6, 2005 9
8 Galaxy September 20, 2006 10
9 Soul Denpa (SOUL電波 Soul Radio Waves?) August 8, 2007 6
10 Zero August 13, 2008 5
11 Girls! Girls! Girls! (ガール!ガール!ガール!?) August 12, 2009 4
12 Mint Condition August 10, 2010 9
13 Italian Garden February 29, 2012 4

12-inch albums[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Yokowake Handsome World (ヨコワケハンサムワールド?) 1999
2 The Playboy's Manual 2000
3 MilkyWay Galaxy 2006

Digital albums[edit]

# Title Release date
1 iTunes Originals – Crazy Ken Band
(Japan exclusive)
2005

Live albums[edit]

# Title Release date
1 Seizan 246 Shinyazoku no Yoru (青山246深夜族の夜?) December 10, 2000

Compilation albums[edit]

# Title Release date Chart position
1 CKBB - Oldies But Goodies March 3, 2004 9
2 Middle & Mellow of Crazy Ken Band October 8, 2008 58
3 Crazy Ken Band: Best Tsuru (クレイジーケンバンド・ベスト 鶴 Crazy Ken Band: Best (Crane)?) February 24, 2010 10
4 Crazy Ken Band: Best Kame (クレイジーケンバンド・ベスト 亀 Crazy Ken Band: Best (Turtle)?) February 24, 2010 11
5 Single Collection / P-Vine Years February 23, 2011

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oricon - Crazy Ken Band: "CKBB - Oldies But Goodies"" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No.98" (in Japanese). 2003-08-25. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ "2010年03月第2週の邦楽アルバムランキング情報 (Album rankings for second week of March, 2010)" (in Japanese). March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21.