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|Genres||Alternative rock, hard rock|
|Labels||Pioneer LDC, East West Japan, Omega A.T. Music, Avex Trax/HiBOOM, Crown Records, That Records/blowgrow Label|
Formed by friends at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan on February 14, 1992. The band formed with Chisato on vocals, Gisho on bass, O-Jiro on drums and both Yuuji and Shaisuke on guitar. Before anything was recorded however the bands line-up changed to Hakuei on vocals, Gisho on bass, O-Jiro on drums and both Shaisuke and Chisato on guitar. This line up stayed for the first single from Penicillin Shock which was produced by Kiyoshi, then of Media Youth. After Penicillin Shock however, Shaisuke left the band to join Deshabillz.
The band made their major debut in 1996 with "Blue Moon" on Pioneer LDC. They stayed on Pioneer until 1998 when they changed to East West Japan. Their sixth single released, "Romance", released January 15, 1998 ranked within the top 10 on the Oricon charts for six consecutive weeks, selling over 900,000 copies. This music became the opening theme of the anime Sexy Commando Gaiden. After they were dropped by East West Japan they changed to Omega A.T. Music (an indie label) in 2001. Omega happens to be under Omega Project Holdings which Yoshiaki Kondou (Gisho) is the CEO of. However they were only on Omega for a year before being picked up by Hiboom, which was an indie subsidiary of Avex Trax. In 2005 when Hiboom was closed, they were picked up directly by Avex Trax and were once again on a major label.
On December 12, 2005 Penicillin celebrated its 15th anniversary as a band. On March 9, 2007 Gisho announced that he would leave the band. His last live was his birthday on May 20, 2007 at Shibuya O-East. Since then the band has continued on as a three piece unit. During the February 11, 2008 live, it was announced the Penicillin would once again change labels, this time to Nippon Crown.
As of 2010, they are now on That Records, a division of their talent agency Duplex Developments.
Penicillin's song "Romance" was covered by And on the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-. The album was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement. It was also covered by Jui for the similar album Counteraction - V-Rock covered Visual Anime songs Compilation-, which was released on May 23, 2012 and features covers of songs by visual kei bands that were used in anime.
Member information 
- Hakuei: (vocals) Born December 16, 1970 in Miyazaki Prefecture, Kushima City. However when his parents divorced in 2nd grade of elementary school he moved with his mother to Aomori prefecture Hirosaki City. At Tokai University he got his degree from the general education department. In 1996 he made his solo debut with the single "Zeus". In 1997 he worked as an actor in the movie -Thirty 30- and in 1998 he played Hamlet in Penicillin's Rock Opera Hamlet (written by Kiyoshi, ex-hide with Spread Beaver). In 1999 he joined up with Kiyoshi once more for the duo Machine, which is currently active. Hakuei currently is a model for Black Peace Now, and draws a comic strip featured monthly in Fool's Mate called Susume! Tonosama. He's a member of a secret band called Kaizoku which only does secret lives. When Penicillin performs live on his birthday it's known as "Super Heart Core"
- Chisato: (千聖, guitar) Born October 4, 1971 in Tokyo, Japan. He attended Tokai University and received a degree in pre-law. In September 1996 he made his solo debut with "Dance with the wild things". During his solo career he's played notable places such as Nippon Budokan. In the late 1990s he wrote music for and produced the band Lucifer. In the past he's worked on R with the likes of Kiyoshi & O-jiro, Crack-Z with friend Satoro from ZZ, and Nano with Hakuei. Currently he's doing a solo project under the alias MSTR with the band Crack6, as well as under Chisato doing live guitar support for Acid Black Cherry. When Penicillin performs for his birthday it's known as "Rock x Rock"
- O-Jiro: (drums) Born September 14, 1972 in Chiba, Japan. He attended Tokai University as well, but did not graduate from it. He has done side projects such as R, with Chisato and Kiyoshi, 808, with Yasumichan of Sleep My Dear, and Starman, with Gisho as well as Yasumichan and Ken from Sleep My Dear. When Penicillin performs on his birthday it's known as "Tono!Gig"
- Gisho: (bass) Born May 20, 1971 in Hyogo Prefecture. Gisho attended Tokai University and got a degree in Economics. He used the name Ootaki Jun for his solo career. He starred in the movie Shonan Bakuzo Zuku Arakure Knight. In 2001 he joined Omega Project Holdings and later became their CEO. He's a fan of Keanu Reeves and The Matrix and because of that his birthday lives were titled "Gishorix Revolution" his last live with the band was on May 20, 2007 at Shibuya O-East and it was known was "Gishorix Revolution -Never Ending Story-".
- Yuuji: (guitar)
- Shaisuke: (guitar)
|September 30, 1995||In the Kingdom of the Moonlight|
|January 25, 1996||Melody/mazaa daasu (マザー・グース)|
|March 15, 1996||Blue Moon/天使を目攻めて||Major Debut Single|
|May 15, 1996||Imitation Love / Never Ending Story|
|March 19, 1997||99 banme no yoru (99 番目の夜)|
|May 28, 1997||Dead or Alive / narushisu no hana (ナルシスの花)|
|June 25, 1997||夜をぶっとばせ|
|January 15, 1998||romansu (ロマンス)|
|May 30, 1998||Make Love|
|September 9, 1998||Crash|
|November 26, 1998||Butterfly|
|September 1, 1999||Nice in Lip+L||maxi single|
|February 23, 2000||(理想の舌)||maxi single|
|May 17, 2000||urutoraigu (ウルトライダー)||maxi single. Last ending theme to the Kindaichi Case Files anime|
|May 17, 2000||Japanese Industrial Students||maxi single|
|January 24, 2000||inazuma (イナズマ)||multimedia single|
|May 30, 2000||rimitto kosopurettsu (リミットコンプレックス)||multimedia single|
|November 28, 2001||腐海の砂 / 聖・Marian Hurricane|
|June 26, 2002||New Future||maxi single|
|September 19, 2002||(花園キネマ)||maxi single|
|May 28, 2003||四次元ダイバー・少年ダイバー||maxi single|
|November 27, 2003||(白髏の舞(ビャクロノマイ))||maxi single|
|May 26, 2004||Samurai Boy / Love Dragoon (初回盤)||maxi single|
|February 2, 2005||furiijia (フリージア)||Released as A & B version maxi singles|
|June 28, 2005||Jump#1/hakana (ハカナ)||Released as A & B version maxi singles|
|March 15, 2006||月千古輝/零 (通常盤|
|月千古輝/零 (CD + DVD) 初回限定盤 A|
|月千古輝/零 (CD + DVD) 初回限定盤 B|
|September 27, 2006||Hyper Chord/Hyper Kids 初回限定生産盤||Released as A & B versions with CD+DVD|
|Hyper Chord/Hyper Kids 通常盤||CD only version|
|January 31, 2007||Grind Candy/eden (エデン) 初回限定生産盤||Released as A & B versions with CD+DVD|
|Grind Candy/eden (エデン) 通常盤||CD only version|
|April 23, 2008||太陽/Orb 初回限定生産盤||Released as A & B versions with CD+DVD|
|太陽/Orb 通常盤||CD only version|
|August 20, 2008||Rainbow/Scream|
|May 8, 2009||Blackhole/Whitehole|
|September 2, 2009||Warp|
|August 4, 2010||Rosetta|
|May 30, 1994||Penicillin Shock||Released on Tears Music, catalogue number: TEC-0013|
|December 24, 1994||Missing Link||Released three times. Catalogue numbers (TEC-0019A) , (TEC-0019B) , and (TKCF-77006) respectively|
|June 20, 1995||God of Grind- Real Penicillin Shock||Remake of Penicillin Shock. Also released in a special box.|
|September 30, 1995||Earth||Mini album|
|Into the Valley of the Dolls||Mini album|
|July 24, 1996||Indwell|
|June 26, 1996||Vibe|
|November 27, 1996||Fly Penicillin featuring 千聖|
|December 21, 1996||Missing Link|
|July 2, 1997||Limelight|
|October 21, 1998||Ultimate Velocity|
|October 6, 1999||This Is Penicllin 1994-1999|
|May 24, 2000||Union Jap|
|February 21, 2001||Singles|
|November 7, 2001||Nuclear Banana|
|October 30, 2002||No.53|
|October 1, 2003||赫赫 (カッカク)|
|October 20, 2004||Flower Circus (通常盤)|
|November 23, 2005||Hell Bound Heart||Also released as special edition (CD+DVD)|
|February 28, 2007||Blea Heaven (通常盤)|
|November 26, 2008||Supernova|
|November 4, 2009||Cell|
|March 2, 2011||Will|
See also 
- R: Rock'n Riders, a PlayStation video game featuring Chisato and O-Jiro
- Quarterdoll: The Report Magazine of Penicillin QD No. 005, Published February 2003
- Penicillin Shock: Tears Music: TEC-0013
- Musicjapanplus bio
- Omega OHP.
- Penicillin's Blog Post
- Media news
- "And covers Romance". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
- "V-Kei Anime Song Cover Compilation "Counteraction!" and MJP TV to Collaborate! Live Talk Program with Asai Hiroaki and the Artists Participating!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Visual kei bands to take on Disney songs for ‘V-ROCK Disney’!". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
- "Hakuei Personal Interview"ROCK AND READ 007(2006/04), TOKYO FM Publications, Tokyo, Japan
- Machine's OHP
- Movie Jacket
- "Penicillin Singles". Penicillin.
- "Penicillin Albums". Penicillin.
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