Complex (band)

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Origin Japan
Genres Rock, pop rock
Years active 1988–1990, 2011
Labels EMI, Eastworld
Members Koji Kikkawa
Tomoyasu Hotei

Complex was a Japanese rock duo composed of guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei and singer Koji Kikkawa. They released their self-titled debut in 1989, along with their first single and video, "Be My Baby". After a tour to promote the album, they released its follow-up, Romantic 1990, followed by a live album, 19901108 a year later.

The concert immortalized on the 19901108 CD and video turned out to be their last. They broke up sometime after the show, and in an interview Hotei said that the experience of Complex ended his friendship with Kikkawa (equating it to a divorce) and that he thought the whole thing was "a mistake". To date, neither Hotei nor Kikkawa has elaborated on the reason behind the band's breakup.

Following the band's breakup, both Hotei and Kikkawa continued their solo careers.

The band's label Toshiba EMI released a greatest hits compilation called Complex Best in 1998, and a DVD re-issues of their video catalog, which are currently out of print.

The Tokyo Dome on July 31, 2011, the day of their second reunion show.

On April 28, 2011, it was announced that after 21 years, Kikkawa and Hotei would reunite for a Complex show on July 30 and 31st at the Tokyo Dome. All proceeds were donated to aid the victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[1] The performance was released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray in 2012.



  • Complex (April 26, 1989)
  1. "Pretty Doll"
  2. "Crash Complexion"
  3. "Koi wo Tomenaide"
  4. "Can't Stop The Silence"
  5. "Hutarino Another Twilight"
  6. "Imagine Heroes"
  7. "Clockwork Runners"
  8. "Be My Baby (Album Version)"
  9. "Venus"
  10. "Nothing Like a Dream"
  11. "Cry For Love"
  12. "Be my Baby (Montserrat Mix)"
  • Romantic 1990 (April 18, 1990)
  1. "Romantic"
  2. "Propaganda"
  3. "Love Charade"
  4. "1990"
  5. "Blue"
  6. "Modern Vision"
  7. "The Wall"
  8. "No More Lies"
  9. "Good Savage"
  10. "Dragon Crime (East and West)"
  11. "Majestic Baby"
  12. "After the Rain (For China)"
  • 19901108 (January 23, 1991, live album)
  • Complex Best (February 6, 1998, compilation album)


  • "Be My Baby" (April 8, 1989)
  1. "Be My Baby"
  2. "Clockwork Runners"
  3. "Be My Baby (Montserrat Mix)"
  • "1990" (March 14, 1990)
  1. "1990"
  2. "Just Another Day"


  • Be My Baby
  • Complex Tour '89
  • Romantic
  • Romantic Extra
  • 19901108

In Pop Culture[edit]

  • The band was referenced as a pun in episode 24 of the 2015 reboot of Osomatsu-kun.