Lazy (band)

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Lazy
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Rock 'n' roll, pop rock (early)
Hard rock, heavy metal (later)
Years active 1977–1981, 1998–present
Labels RCA (1977–1981)
Ayres (1998–1999)
Lantis (2000–present)
Associated acts Neverland, Loudness, JAM Project
Members Hironobu Kageyama
Akira Takasaki
Shunji Inoue
Past members Hiroyuki Tanaka
Munetaka Higuchi

Lazy (レイジー Reijī?, stylized as LAZY) is a Japanese rock band originally founded in 1977 by young classmates Hironobu Kageyama, Hiroyuki Tanaka and Akira Takasaki. The three founders soon recruited, from their own school, drummer Munetaka Higuchi and keyboard player Shunji Inoue to complete the line-up. The name Lazy was taken from Deep Purple's song of the same name and the music the new band wanted to play was orientated towards hard rock. Managers and producers instead envisioned the young musicians as ideal prototypes for pop icons and created, through the use of monikers, costumes and well-balanced singles, a successful "boy band" for the Japanese teenage market. In contrast with these decisions, the band members started writing and recording their own music, slowly changing the sound of the band from easy-listening pop rock to hard rock. A growing dissatisfaction for the direction the band had taken, and the need to express their musical ability, caused Lazy to split-up in 1981.

Each member became known on their own, mainly in the soundtrack recording business, or formed other bands like Loudness. Lazy reformed in 1997 for a new album and a tour, and intermittently in the following years to do several projects together. In September 2006, bassist Tanaka died of heart failure. On November 30, 2008, drummer Higuchi died at the age of 49.[1] In 2009 they recorded a new single version of "Kanjite Knight" (感じてKnight?), together with Kageyama's JAM Project, for the 2009 anime Shin Mazinger Shogeki! Z Hen, performed under the name "Ultimate Lazy for Mazinger". Their most recent project was the 2011 single "Reckless" for the second animated film in the Towa no Quon series.

Members[edit]

Other members
  • Tamio Okuda has participated in some Lazy projects since the deaths of Hiroyuki Tanaka and Munetaka Higuchi.
  • Kazuyoshi Saito has participated in some Lazy projects since the deaths of Hiroyuki Tanaka and Munetaka Higuchi.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Angelique: Eien no Yakusoku (2001/01/24)
  • Zone of the Enders (2001/05/23)

Live albums[edit]

  • Lazy wo Oikakero (1978/05/06)
  • Moetsukita Seishun(1981/04/05)
  • Happy Time Tour '98: Kuro Tokin no Nasu ga Mama (1998/04/21)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Collection - Jounetsu no Seishun (1979/03/21)
  • Best Hit Lazy (1980/12/01)
  • Best (1981)
  • Best Collection 1977-1981 (1999/02/21)
  • Hit Collection (1999/11/20)
  • Golden Best (2004/12/22)

Singles[edit]

Title Release date Type
Hey! I Love You! July 25, 1977 (1977-07-25) Single
Camouflage October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) Single
Akazukin Chan Goyoujin October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25) Single
Moeru Rock 'n' Roll Fire May 5, 1978 (1978-05-05) Single
Jigoku no Tenshi July 25, 1978 (1978-07-25) Single
Hello Hello Hello October 25, 1978 (1978-10-25) Single
Ai ni wa Ai wo May 2, 1979 (1979-05-02) Single
Baby I Make a Motion June 5, 1979 (1979-06-05) Single
Midnight Boxer January 5, 1980 (1980-01-05) Single
Kanashimi wo Buttobase May 21, 1980 (1980-05-21) Single
Kanjite Night August 21, 1980 (1980-08-21) Single
Glass no Heart April 5, 1981 (1981-04-05) Single
Ultra High March 21, 1997 (1997-03-21) Single
Pray December 16, 1998 (1998-12-16) Single
Angelique ~Eien no yakusoku~ January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24) Single
Zone of the Enders May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23) Single
Kanjite Knight (feat. Tamio Okuda, Saito Kazuyoshi & JAM Project) April 22, 2009 (2009-04-22) Single
Reckless July 13, 2011 (2011-07-13) Single

Videography[edit]

  • Happy Time Tour '98 ~Kuro Tokin no Nasu ga Mama~ (1998/10/21)[3]
  • Lazy Live 2002 Uchuusen Chikyuugou II ~Regenerate of a Lasting Worth~ (2002/06/04)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blabbermouth.net, Los Angeles: Roadrunner Records, 2008, retrieved 2008-10-30 
  2. ^ "Lazy Discography". Lightning Strikes Loudly. 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  3. ^ "Lazy Biografia" (in Portuguese). J-Metal. 2004. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 

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