The Dead Pop Stars

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The Dead Pop Stars
Also known as D.P.S, d.p.s
Origin Japan
Genres Punk rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Years active 1992–present
Labels Anarchist, VAP Inc., Free-Will/Firewall Division
Associated acts Anti Feminism, Kamaitachi, The Piass
Website dead-popstars.com
Members Kenzi
Aki
Hideto
Ruiji
Kentarou
Past members Hiromi
Seigo
Taiji

The Dead Pop Stars (stylized as THE DEAD PP STARS) is a Japanese visual kei rock band formed in 1992 by ex-Kamaitachi drummer Kenzi. Its current line-up consists of original members Aki and Kenzi on vocals and drums respectively, Hideto and Kentarou on guitar, and Ruiji on bass.

Band history[edit]

The Dead Pop Stars was started in 1992. At the beginning of their career numerous appearances at various small clubs was marked by persistent displays of violent behavior. This contributed to the formation of a menacing charisma, making them legendary within the independent visual kei scene. In 1997 they made a deal with major label VAP and released the album D.P.S, but the next year they returned to the independent music scene again. In 2000 they released 2 singles and an album, but when they released those three CDs original guitarist Hiromi and original bassist Seigo left the band. When they left guitarist Taiji joined as support guitarist and next year Seigo returned. Taiji and Hideto became official members in 2003, and the band became a five member band. In 2005 Seigo left the band yet again. Support bassist Ruiji became an official member on September 6, 2007 at the band's 15th anniversary gig. On May 14, 2010 it was announced on the band's official mobile website that Taiji would be leaving the group.[1] He was replaced by Kentarou, who joined on September 6. Despite the frequent, difficult-to-keep-track-of line-up changes The Dead Pop Stars remain a prolific touring act, continuing to be as antisocial as ever.

Members[edit]

Former members
  • Hiromi – guitar 1992–2000 (ex-Rosenfeld)
  • Seigo – bass 1992–2000, 2001–2005 (ex-Girl Tique)
  • Taiji Fujimoto – guitar 2003–2010 (ex-Judy and Mary, ex-Dirty Trashroad)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
  • The Dead Pop 4 Drugs (November 21, 1992)
  • Self Violence (July 24, 1994)
  • Protest 2 Speed Story (May 21, 1995)
  • D.P.S (June 1, 1997)
  • Heart Break Bandits (July 26, 2000)
  • Star☆Ride (August 31, 2005)
Compilation albums
  • Hybrid☆Best-Dead Side≠Pop Side- (June 29, 2005, compilation album)
  • For You Ballade Selection (August 1, 2007, compilation album)
Singles
  • "Ever Free ~Niji no Kanatae~/Daydreamday Sanjigen no Hakuchuumu" (EVER FREE ~虹の彼方へ~/DAYDREAMDAY ~三次元の白昼夢~?, October 1, 1997)
  • "Tic (July 1, 1999)
  • "Justice/Reject"
  • "...self/The All New Generation"
  • "...for you- Special Edition 2000-"
  • "Take Off -Kaze ni Kukarete-" (TAKE OFF-風に吹かれて-?, July 18, 2000)
  • "Star★Lover" (April 27, 2002)
  • "Chaos-JP" (December 1, 2002)
  • "Judegement×Suspicion" (September 6, 2006)
  • "Itoshiki Hito e" (いとしきひとへ?, September 6, 2006)
Videos
  • Madness (発狂?, April 28, 1995)
  • Out... D-Day -Mad for Love- 1997.03.14 Shibuya On Air East (OUT...D-DAY ~狂うために愛する~ 1997.03.14 渋谷ON AIR EAST?, June 30, 1997)
  • With 92720-00212 (June 28, 2000)
  • God Save the Revolution (June 27, 2012)

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