Kamaitachi (band)

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Kamaitachi
Kamaitachi Itachigokko.jpeg
Kamaitachi in 1989
Clockwise from top-left: Sceana, Kazzy, Mogwai, Ken-chan
Background information
Also known as Mogura
Origin Kyoto, Japan
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk
Years active 1985–1991
Labels Free-Will, Toy's Factory
Associated acts Genkaku Allergy, The Dead Pop Stars, Anti Feminism
Members Sceana
Kazzy
Mogwai
Ken-chan
Past members Kazuo
Wataru
P-Ken
Shinobu
Andy
Madoka

Kamaitachi (かまいたち?) was an influential Japanese visual kei punk rock band, formed in Kyoto and active from 1985 to 1991. Their album Hachamecha Kyou reached number 10 on the Oricon chart and was named one of the top albums from 1989–1998 in a 2004 issue of the music magazine Band Yarouze.[1]

History[edit]

Kamaitachi was formed in October 1985 by drummer Ken-chan and bassist Mogwai.[2] After several member changes, vocalist Sceana and guitarist Kazzy joined completing the final lineup. They signed with Free-Will in 1989 and released their debut album, Itachigokko, in September. The album sold out by pre-orders alone, so a second press was released the following year under the title, Super Itachigokko.[2] That year the band signed to Toy's Factory and in September released their major debut, Hachamecha Kyou.[2] They released their third album, Jekyll to Hyde -Masturbation-, on June 1, 1991. However, at a June 26 concert they announced they would disband after their last concert on September 6, 1991, for unknown reasons. Later that month a single and a compilation album, both titled "I Love You", were released to fulfill their contract.[2]

After disbanding, Ken-chan started using the stagename "Kenzi" and started the band The Dead Pop Stars and the long-running hardcore punk act Anti Feminism. Sceana and Kazzy formed the industrial rock duo Genkaku Allergy, while Mogwai performs in the punk band Flesh for Flankenstein.

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Kazuo – vocals 1985
  • Wataru – guitar 1985, vocals 1986
  • P-Ken – guitar 1986
  • Shinobu – vocals 1986
  • Andy – guitar 1987 (Decameron)
  • Madoka – guitar 1988

Discography[edit]

Demo tapes
  • "Shimensoka" (四面楚歌?, October 1985)
  • "Hyakkiyagyou" (百鬼夜行?, 1986)
  • "Chou Kanju" (聴姦濡々?, June 1987)
  • "Batsu Shugi" (罰主義?, May 1988)
  • "Jakunikukyoushoku Tape" (弱肉強食TAPE?, March 6, 1989)
Singles
  • "Hachamecha Hime" (はちゃめちゃ姫?, February 5, 1990), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 14[3]
Theme song for Tsuru Hime ja - tsu! (つる姫じゃ〜っ!?) anime.
  • "I Love You" (December 21, 1991) No. 84[3]
Albums
  • Itachigokko (いたちごっこ?, September 10, 1989)
  • Super Itachigokko (スーパーいたちごっこ?, 1990)
Second pressing of their debut album.
  • Hachamecha Kyou (はちゃめちゃ狂?, September 21, 1990), Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 10[4]
  • Jekyll to Hyde -Masturbation- (June 21, 1991) No. 15[4]
  • I Love You (September 21, 1991, compilation album) No. 24[4]
Compilations
  • Emergency Express Metal Warning 2 (1989, "Kill Yourself")
Videos
  • Plus Minus Zero (プラスマイナスゼロ?, September 1986)
  • Doku Batsu Shikan (独罰視姦?, May 1989)
  • Kyouran Butou Kamachi Kyouto ni Kaeru (狂乱舞踏 かまち京都にカエル?, May 21, 1990)
  • No More Heroes (November 21, 1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 44 Albums from 1989 - 1998". jame-world.com. 2004-05-09. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d "JaME Profile". jame-world.com. 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b かまいたちのシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  4. ^ a b c かまいたちのアルバム売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-12-30.

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