Elephant Kashimashi

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Elephant Kashimashi
Also known as Ele-Kashi エレカシ
Origin Japan
Genres Rock, alternative rock, blues rock, grunge
Years active 1981–present
Labels Epic/Sony Records
(1988-1994)
Pony Canyon
(1996-1999)
Toshiba EMI/Capitol Music
(1999-2006)
Universal Music/A&M Records
(2007-),
Faith Music Entertainment (talent agency)
Associated acts Kōichi Tsutaya
Website ElephantKashimashi.com
Members

Hiroji Miyamoto
Toshiyuki Ishimori
Seiji Takamidori

Yoshiyuki Tominaga

Elephant Kashimashi (エレファントカシマシ?) is a rock band from Japan. Their work can be divided into two major stylistic periods: the "Epic Sony years" (1988–1994, the albums Elephant Kashimashi through Tokyo No Sora) and the "Pony Canyon & Faithful, EMI Music, Universal Music years" (1996–present, the album Kokoro Ni Hana Wo onward). A major change in songwriting, production, and general playing style (especially Miyamoto's vocals) occurred along with this label switch.

Members[edit]

  • Hiroji Miyamoto (宮本 浩次?, Miyamoto Hiroji, born June 12, 1966 in Akabanedai, Kita-ku, Tokyo)lead vocals, electric guitar & acoustic guitar; Primary Songwriter
  • Toshiyuki Ishimori (石森 敏行?, Ishimori Toshiyuki, born March 18, 1967 in Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo) – electric guitar
  • Seiji Takamidori (高緑 成治?, Takamidori Seiji, born April 15, 1966 in Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)bass guitar
  • Yoshiyuki Tominaga (冨永 義之?, Tominaga Yoshiyuki, born April 14, 1966 in Akabane, Kita-ku, Tokyo)drums

Discography[edit]

Single[edit]

Number Release date Title C/W
1st 21 March 1988 Dede (デーデ) Poristar (ポリスター)
2nd 21 July 1988 Fuwafuwa (ふわふわ) Yume no naka de (夢の中で)
3rd 2 November 1988 Ohayo konnichiwa (おはよう こんにちは) Ah rurou no tami yo (ああ流浪の民よ)
4th 2 August 1989 Ukigumo otoko (浮雲男) GT
5th 2 July 1990 Otoko wa yuku (男は行く) too fine life
6th 25 March 1992 Syoko (曙光) Buji naru otoko (無事なる男)
7th 21 April 1993 Dorei tengoku (奴隷天国) Nichiyobi(Choushi wa douda) (日曜日(調子はどうだ))
8th 1 October 1993 Gokuraku taisho seikatsu sanka (極楽大将生活賛歌) Hoshi no furuyona yoru ni (星の降るような夜に)
9th 21 April 1994 Kono yo wa saiko! (この世は最高!) Mafuyu no romantic (真冬のロマンチック)
10th 19 April 1996 Kanashimi no hate (悲しみの果て) Shigatsu no kaze (四月の風)
11th 19 July 1996 Kodoku na tabibito (孤独な旅人) Babu jitensha (Baby自転車)
12th 1 November 1996 Kanashimi no hate (悲しみの果て) Ureshikerya tonde yukeyo (うれしけりゃとんでゆけよ)
(Hiroji Miyamoto's produce version)
13th 19 February 1997 Asu ni mukatte hashire (明日に向かって走れ) Futari no fuyu (ふたりの冬)
14th 14 March 1997 Tatakau otoko (戦う男) Toi hamabe (遠い浜辺)
15th 30 July 1997 Koyoi no tsuki no yoni(今宵の月のように) Akai bara (赤い薔薇)
16th 7 November 1997 Kaze ni fukarete (風に吹かれて) Saraba seisyun (さらば青春)
17th 13 May 1998 Hajimari wa ima (はじまりは今) Namida no kazu dake (涙の数だけ)
18th 18 September 1998 Yume no kakera (夢のかけら) Kokoro no mama ni (ココロのままに)
19th 18 November 1998 Hito koishikute Ai wo motomete (ヒトコイシクテ、アイヲモトメテ) Omae to futarikiri (おまえとふたりきり)
20th 27 January 1999 Ai no yume o kure (愛の夢をくれ) Nerudakesa (寝るだけさ)
21st 28 April 1999 Mayonaka no hero (真夜中のヒーロー) Tabi no tochu (旅の途中)
22nd 8 December 1999 Gustronger (ガストロンジャー) Soul rescue
23rd 26 January 2000 so many people sweet memory
24th 26 April 2000 Call and response (コール アンド レスポンス) Musashino (武蔵野)
Gustronger(Live) (ガストロンジャー)
Soul rescue(Live)
25th 16 March 2001 Kodoku na taiyo (孤独な太陽) Tokyo jealousy (東京ジェラシィ)
Kazeni fukarete(Live) (風に吹かれて)
26th 25 July 2001 Syochu mimai -Yutsu na gogo- (暑中見舞 -憂鬱な午後-) Kodoku na taiyo(Live) (孤独な太陽)
Call and response(Live) (コール アンド レスポンス)
27th 27 February 2002 Futsu no hibi (普通の日々) Hello New York! (ハロー New York!)
28th 17 April 2002 Anata no yasashisa o ore wa nani ni tatoeyo (あなたのやさしさをオレは何に例えよう)
29th 27 June 2003 Ore no michi (俺の道) Rokudenashi (ろくでなし)
30th 27 June 2003 Hello jinse!! (ハロー人生!!) Rokudenashi (ろくでなし)
31st 27 June 2003 Seimei sanka (生命賛歌) Rokudenashi (ろくでなし)
32nd 10 March 2004 Bakemono seinen (化ケモノ青年) Ikiteiru akashi (生きている証)
33rd 1 September 2004 Tomodachi ga irunosa (友達がいるのさ) DJ in my life
- 20 March 2006 Signal/Ima o kakinarase (シグナル/今をかきならせ)
34th 21 November 2007 Ore tachi no ashita (俺たちの明日) Sayonara party (さよならパーティー)
Ore tachi no ashita(Acoustic ver.) (俺たちの明日)
35th 1 January 2008 Egao no mirai e (笑顔の未来へ) Kaze ni fukarete(New Recording Version) (風に吹かれて)
36th 5 March 2008 Sakura no hana, maiagaru michi o (桜の花、舞い上がる道を) Sore o ai to yobu to shiyo (それを愛と呼ぶとしよう)
37th 1 October 2008 Atarashi kisetsu e kimi to (新しい季節へキミと) It's my life
38th 18 March 2009 Kiduna (絆(きづな)) to you
Sakura no hana, maiagaru michi o(-Miki-Strings ver.)
Sakura no hana, maiagaru michi o(-Hana bira-Piano ver.)
(桜の花、舞い上がる道を)
39th 12 May 2010 Shiawase yo, kono yubi ni tomare (幸せよ、この指にとまれ) Akaki sora yo! (赤き空よ!)
40th 22 September 2010 Asu e no kioku (明日への記憶) Aruku otoko (歩く男)
Asu e no kioku(acoustic ver.) (明日への記憶)
41st 20 October 2010 Itsuka mita yume o (いつか見た夢を) Kanojo wa kaimono no kaeri michi (彼女は買い物の帰り道)
Itsuka mita yume o (Vocal & Electric guitar ver.) (いつか見た夢を(エレキ弾き語り ver.))
42nd 16 November 2011 Winding Road (ワインディングロード) Tokyo kara manma de uchu (東京からまんまで宇宙)
43rd 25 April 2012 Daichi no symphony (大地のシンフォニー) Yakusoku (約束)
44th 31 October 2012 Zureteru ho ga ii (ズレてる方がいい) Namida wo nagasu otoko (涙を流す男)
45th 20 November 2013 Anata e (あなたへ) Hatesate kono ore wa (はてさてこの俺は)
Kono wa no naka o (この円環のなかを)
46th 11 June 2014 Destiny Asu o yuke (明日を行け)
47th 23 September 2015 Aisubeki kyo (愛すべき今日) TEKUMAKUMAYAKON
Mendo kusei (めんどくせい)
48th 3 August 2016 Yume o ou tabibito (夢を追う旅人) i am hungry

Album[edit]

Original album[edit]

Number Release date Title Total tracks
1st 21 March 1988 THE ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI 11
2nd 21 November 1988 THE ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI II 10
3rd 21 August 1989 Ukiyo no yume (浮世の夢) 9
4th 1 September 1990 Seikatsu (生活) 8
5th 8 April 1992 ElephantKashimashi5 (エレファントカシマシ5) 10
6th 21 May 1993 Dorei tengoku (奴隷天国) 10
7th 21 May 1994 Tokyo no sora (東京の空) 12
8th 21 August 1996 Kokoro ni hana o (ココロに花を) 11
9th 10 September 1997 Asu ni mukatte hashire-tsukiyo no uta (明日に向かって走れ-月夜の歌-) 11
10th 9 December 1998 Ai to yume (愛と夢) 11
11th 26 April 2000 good morning 12
12th 2 May 2002 Life (ライフ) 10
14th 16 July 2003 Ore no michi (俺の道) 12
15th 31 March 2004 Tobira (扉) 11
16th 29 September 2004 Kaze (風) 10
17th 29 March 2006 Machi wo miorosu oka (町を見下ろす丘) 11
18th 30 January 2008 STARTING OVER 11
19th 29 April 2009 Noboreru taiyo (昇れる太陽) 11
20th 17 November 2010 Akuma no sasayaki-soshite, kokoro ni hi o tomosu tabi- (悪魔のささやき〜そして、心に火を灯す旅〜) 13
21st 30 May 2012 MASTERPIECE 11
22nd 18 November 2015 RAINBOW 13

Mini album[edit]

Number Release date Title Total truck
13th 26 December 2002 DEAD OR ALIVE 5

Best album[edit]

Number Release date Title
1st 1 December 1997 Elephant Kashimashi BEST (エレファントカシマシ ベスト)
2nd 12 October 2000 sweet memory-ELEKASHI seisyun selection- (sweet memory〜エレカシ青春セレクション〜)
3rd 27 March 2002 Elephant Kashimashi SINGLES1988-2001 (エレファントカシマシ SINGLES1988-2001)
4th 16 September 2009 ELEKASHI jisensakuhin syu (エレカシ 自選作品集)
EPIC Sose-ki (EPIC 創世記)
PONY CANYON Roman-ki (PONY CANYON 浪漫記)
EMI Taido-ki (EMI 胎動記)
5th 19 December 2012 THE BEST 2007-2012 Ore tachi no ashita (THE BEST 2007-2012 俺たちの明日)

Compilation album[edit]

  1. Elephant Kashimashi cover album HANA OTOKO -A Tribute To The Elephant Kashimashi- (エレファントカシマシ カヴァーアルバム 花男 ~A Tribute To The Elephant Kashimashi~) (19 March 2003, 18 December 2013 Resale)
    First Tribute album
  2. Elephant Kashimashi cover album 2 -A Tribute To The Elephant Kashimashi- (エレファントカシマシ カヴァーアルバム2 ~A Tribute To The Elephant Kashimashi~) (18 December 2013)
    Second Tribute album
  3. great album deluxe edition series 1「THE ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI」deluxe edition(26 June 2016)
  4. great album deluxe edition series 2「Kokoro ni hana o (ココロに花を)」deluxe edition(26 June 2013)

Live album[edit]

  1. Yaon Aki (野音 秋) (20 July 2005, 23 April 2013 Resale)
  2. Nippon Natsu (日本 夏) (20 July 2005, 23 April 2013 Resale)
  3. the fighting men's chronicle -THE ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI official live bootleg box- (23 April 2013)
  4. THE ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI LIVE BEST BOUT (23 June 2013)

DVD releases[edit]

Number Release date Title Remarks
1 1 April 1998 Concert 1998 Nippon Budokan "Kaze ni fukarete" (コンサート1998 日本武道館“風に吹かれて”)

DVD 16 March 2001
Cheap edition DVD 29 October 2003
Resale DVD 16 September 2009

2 1 April 1998 Video clip collection "Clips" (ビデオクリップ集「クリップス」)

DVD 16 March 2001
Cheap edition DVD 29 October 2003
Resale DVD 16 September 2009

3 16 March 2001 Video clip collection "Clips2" (ビデオクリップ集「クリップス2」)”

Cheap edition DVD 29 October 2003

4 26 December 2002 LIFE TOUR 2002
5 10 March 2004 Video clip collection "Clips3" (ビデオクリップ集「クリップス3」)
6 29 September 2004 Tobira no muko (扉の向こう) Documentary film
7 16 September 2009 Sakura no hana maiagaru budokan (桜の花舞い上がる武道館)
8 17 March 2010 Elephant Kashimashi 24, 25 October 2009 Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo (エレファントカシマシ2009年10月24,25日 日比谷野外音楽堂)
9 1 January 2011 Elephant Kashimashi EPIC video collection 1988-1994 (エレファントカシマシ EPIC映像作品集 1988-1994)
10 16 November 2011 ROCK’N ROLL BAND FES & EVENT LIVE HISTORY 1988-2011 Total 72 trucks 245minutes recording
12 20 November 2013 the fighting men's chronicle Elephant Kashimashi Director's cut (the fighting men's chronicle エレファントカシマシ ディレクターズカット) Documentary film 123minutes recording Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita
13 18 December 2013 Fukkatsu no Yaon 15.9.2013 Hibiya Yagai Daiongakudo (復活の野音 2013.9.15 日比谷野外大音楽堂)
14 19 March 2014 Elephant Kashimashi Debut 25th Anniversary SPECIAL LIVE Saitama Duper Arena (エレファントカシマシ デビュー25周年記念 SPECIAL LIVE さいたまスーパーアリーナ) Total 37 trucks
15 23 September 2015 Elephant Kashimashi New Year Live 2015 Nippon Budokan (エレファントカシマシ 新春ライブ2015 日本武道館) Total 37 trucks Blu-ray/DVD

Books[edit]

  • Kazeni fukarete ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI no kiseki (Interview collection)
  • Asuni mukatte aruke! [Essay collection]
  • Toukyo no sora [Essay collection]
  • ELEPHANT KASHIMASHI Songbook [Guitar score]

External links[edit]