Love Psychedelico

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Love Psychedelico
Also known as Delico
Origin Japan
Genres Pop, blues, rock
Years active 1997–present
Labels Victor Records, HackTone Records
Associated acts Hirohisa Horie
Kiyoshi Takakuwa & Kenichi Shirane (Great3)
Website http://www.lovepsychedelico.net
Members Kumi
Naoki Sato
Kumi
Born (1976-04-11) April 11, 1976 (age 38)
Origin Chiba Prefecture
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist, etc.
Years active 1997–present
Naoki
Born (1973-07-21) July 21, 1973 (age 40)
Origin Shizuoka Prefecture[1]
Occupations Guitarist, songwriter, bassist, backing vocals, etc.
Years active 1997–present

Love Psychedelico (ラブ・サイケデリコ?) is a Japanese band. In Japan they are often called Delico for short. They are widely popular not only in Japan but also Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Members[edit]

  • Kumi (Born April 11, 1976 in Chiba Prefecture) – lead vocals, guitars, etc.
    • Kumi can speak native English because she lived in San Francisco, the United States, in her infancy. She married a man 10 years her senior on March 9, 2010.
  • Naoki (Born July 21, 1973 in Shizuoka Prefecture[1]) – guitars, bass, backing vocals, etc.
    • Naoki wrote his own name in their early works as "Naoki Sato." He produces The Bawdies.

Backup band[edit]

History[edit]

The band was formed in January, 1997 by singer Kumi and guitarist Naoki Sato, while studying at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Only Kumi and Naoki remained finally in the band though it consisted of several members at first.

They signed with major label Victor in 1999.

Their first album, The Greatest Hits, sold over two million copies.[2] Their second album Love Psychedelic Orchestra, released in January 9, 2001, sold 690,000 copies.

Love Psychedelico visited America in March, 2001 and appeared at the music festival SXSW. They also toured extensively through the club and bar circuit in the United States, garnering largely positive reactions. American cities the band has said to have enjoyed playing were Nashville, Austin, and Kumi's childhood home of San Francisco.

They have released two albums since, Love Psychedelico III, in early 2004, and compilation album Early Times, in February 2005. This best-of compilation received a positive response in the Taiwanese J-pop market and the group visited Taiwan in June of that year. They held a concert in Taipei on June 22 where many fans gathered, including a sizable number of celebrity attendees. It proved to be a very successful concert for the duo who do not usually appear publicly.

For the promotion of their new album, Golden Grapefruit, Love Psychedelico made their first televised music program appearance on Bokura no Ongaku in 2007. It is also notable that they were interviewed by Yoko Ono, famous experimental musician and widow of John Lennon.[3]

They released a new album called This is Love Psychedelico in the United States on May 20 from HackTone Records[4] because David Gorman who is the president of the label aspired to the contract with them by listening to the record of Love Psychedelico got from his acquaintance. It marked their American debut. This album was also released on June 18, 2008 in Japan as This is Love Psychedelico ~U.S.Best~.

Style[edit]

Stylistically, Love Psychedelico is highly reminiscent of the British Invasion of the late 60s, both members having cited The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as influences, though the influence of American folk and blues are also present (Kumi having claimed Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow, and Sato Bob Dylan, as influences). To pay tribute to their influences, Love Psychedelico sometimes borrow song titles from the bands that influence them.

Kumi's lyrics are a mix of English and Japanese, a phenomenon common to popular Japanese music. Kumi often attributes her English language proficiency to her early childhood in San Francisco, California.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
[5]
Total sales
[6]
2001 The Greatest Hits 1 1,661,000
2002 Love Psychedelic Orchestra
  • Released: Jan. 9, 2002
  • Label: Victor (VICL-60888)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 690,000
2004 Love Psychedelico III
  • Released: Feb. 25, 2004
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61290)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 387,000
2007 Golden Grapefruit
  • Released: June 27, 2007
  • Label: Victor (VICL-62431)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
5 108,000
2010 Abbot Kinney
  • Released: Jan. 13, 2010
  • Label: Victor (VICL-63480)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 67,000
2013 In This Beautiful World
  • Released: April 17, 2013
  • Label: Victor (VICL-64007)
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Other albums[edit]

Year Album Information Chart positions
[5]
Total sales
[6]
2005 Early Times
  • Compilation album
  • Released: February 9, 2005
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61579)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 468,000
2006 Live Psychedelico
  • Live album
  • Released: March 22, 2005
  • Label: Victor (VICL-61883)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
35 14,000
2008 This Is Love Psychedelico
  • Compilation album for US market
  • Released: May 20, 2008
  • Label: Victor (VICL-62840)
  • Formats: CD, digital download
16 27,000
2010 Remasters Box
  • Compilation box set
  • Released: June 9, 2010
  • Label: Victor (VIZL-430)
  • Formats: 5CD
139 700

Singles[edit]

Year Title Notes Oricon
singles
charts
[5]
Oricon
sales
total
[6]
Album
2000 "Lady Madonna (Yūutsu Naru Spider)" (LADY MADONNA~憂鬱なるスパイダー~?, "Depressed Spider") Initially released on tape independently 88 19,000 The Greatest Hits
"Your Song" 17 140,000
"Last Smile" 11 270,000
2001 "Free World" 5 160,000 Love Psychedelico Orchestra
"I Will Be with You" 10 62,000
2002 "Hadaka no Ōsama" (裸の王様?, "Naked King") 14 24,000 Love Psychedelico III
2003 "I Am Waiting for You" 26 14,000
"My Last Fight" 12 39,000
2004 "Fantastic World" 30 9,000 Early Times
2005 "Right Now" 28 11,000
2006 "Aha! (All We Want)" 25 10,000 Golden Grapefruit
2010 "Dry Town (Theme of Zero)/Shadow Behind" Re-cut single 37 6,000 Love Psychedelico Orchestra/Abbot Kinney/In This Beautiful World/
2011 "It's You" In This Beautiful World
2012 "Beautiful World/Happy Xmas (War is Over)" In This Beautiful World

DVDs[edit]

  • The Film 1999.12—2002.05 (November 21, 2002)
  • In Concert at Budokan (December 7, 2005)
  • Golden Grapefruit Box (June 18, 2008)

References[edit]

External links[edit]