Super Junky Monkey

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Super Junky Monkey was an all female Japanese avant-garde metal group.

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Super Junky Monkey was a Japanese all-girl rock group who performed and merged various styles and genres of music, including hardcore, heavy metal, rap, jazz, noise, and funk. Influences on the band members include Steve Vai, Jaco Pastorius, Madball, Pink Floyd and Mr. Bungle. Their first release was in 1994: a live recording called Cabbage, originally released as an audio recording, but also released as a video recording later that year. This was quickly followed in 1995 by the studio album Screw Up, which features some of the songs from Cabbage as well as some new tracks.

The band released two full length albums, both of which were released internationally. Additionally, in Japan, they released several EP's and 3 concert videos.

The band's performances of "Skysurfers!!" and "I Call Myself Sliced Ice" were used as the opening and end credits music, respectively, for the second season of the American animated series, Skysurfer Strike Force.

The album Super Junky Alien features a bonus 1996 cover of the MTV Top of the Hour tune.

Death of Mutsumi[edit]

On February 5, 1999, Mutsumi Fukuhara committed suicide by leaping from the balcony of her apartment in Osaka,[1] leaving behind her husband and one-year-old son. The other band members decided not to continue without her and instead moved on to other projects.

Several years after Mutsumi's death, the band released the material they were working on at the time as the E-KISS-O EP and the greatest hits Songs Are Our Universe. E-KISS-O includes three songs with Mutsumi's vocals and two instrumentals. Songs of Our Universe features two unreleased tracks and several videos. On June 20, 2009, the remaining three members of Super Junky Monkey reunited to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Mutsumi's death with a performance at the Liquid Room in Tokyo, Japan.

Members[edit]

  • Mutsumi "623" Fukuhara, née Takahashi — vocals
  • Keiko — guitar (later joined EX-Girl)
  • Shinobu Kawai — bass (many projects, include Tricomi)
  • Matsudaaahh!! — drums (in a band called Weeee?)

Discography[edit]

CDs[edit]

Japanese release date Title Japanese label info Info U.S. release info
1994.03.20 ライブCD「キャベツ」(Cabbage) RIOT LABEL RICD-001 debut live album
1994.10.21 アルバム「Screw Up SONY RECORDS SRCL3028 debut studio album TRISTER MUSIC WK35015 1995.05.30
1995.04.21 「あいえとう/A.I.E.T.O.H. SONY RECORDS SRCL3192 four track studio EP
1996.04.21 アルバム「地球寄生人/Parasitic People SONY RECORDS SRCL3484 second studio LP TRISTER MUSIC
1996.12.01 ミニアルバム「Super Junky Alien SONY RECORDS SRCL3720 second studio EP - RPG concept album
2001.04.21 未発表音源集「E Kiss O CODR-623 Released by CONDOR RECORDS posthumous release of unreleased material
2001.07.20 ベスト盤(Songs Are Our Universe) CODR-624,625 Released by CONDOR RECORDS posthumous 'best of' compilation with two unreleased tracks

Japanese release Videos[edit]

  • 1994.11.01 - ライブVIDEO「キャベツビデヲ」- RIOT LABEL RIVD-001
  • 1995.04.21 - VIDEO「DEATHI」- SONY RECORDS SRVM444
  • 1996.04.21 - ライブVIDEO「HOLY MOTHER OF MEATLOAF」- SONY RECORDS SRVM514

Japanese Compilation Albums[edit]

  • Japanese Homegrown Vol. 1 - Another Mother (remix of Mother)
  • Japanese Homegrown Vol. 2 - If - take 2 (possibly another take)
  • Soy Milk Vol. 1 - Towering Man (also on E Kiss O)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super Junky Monkey". Retrieved 2009-01-21.