The Jaywalk

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THE JAYWALK
Also known as Former names: J-WALK,
JAYWALK
Origin Japan
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1980–2010,
2011-present
Labels Tokuma Japan Communications (1981-2002),
Nippon Crown (2003-2005),
Omagatoki (2006-2007),
Warner Music Japan / 3.14 records (own label)(2008-2010),
Yamaha Music Communications(2012)
Website www.jaywalk.co.jp
Members (Guitar, Leader) Mitsuyasu Tomohisa
Hiroshi Sugita (Keyboard)
Sukeroku Nakauchi (Bass)
Junichi Tagiri (Drums)
Masaki Asakawa (Guitar)
Mabuchi Hidemasa (Vocal)
Aoki Momoko (Drums)
Past members (Vocal, Guitar) Kentaro Nakagawa
Tatsuya Shimizu (Percussion)
Nagashima Susumu (Bass)
Keizo Kondo (Guitarra)
Koichi Nakamura (Vocal)

THE JAYWALK is a Japanese rock band best known in the West for the intro theme of the videogame Road Avenger.

In 1991 they had a big hit with "Nanimo ienakute... natsu" (何も言えなくて...夏?).

History[edit]

  • 1980 (Showa '55): September, J-WALK is formed.
  • 1981 (Showa '56): June 1, debut album "Jay-Walk", 1st single "Just Bikozu" release ( Tokuma Japan bourbon ).
  • 1988 (Showa '63): May, transfer to Merudakku record company.
  • 1993 (Heisei '5): December, the first Arena tour (Nagoya Rainbow Hall, Nippon Budokan, Osaka Castle Hall).
  • 1993 (Heisei '5): December 31, 44th NHK Red and White Singing Contest ("Nani mo Ienakute… natsu ")
  • 1994 (Heisei '6): December 15, concert in Hong Kong Queen Elizabeth Stadium.
  • 1995 (Heisei '7): February, band name changed to the JAYWALK.
  • 1995 (Heisei '7): March 8/9, China flag at Shanghai Stadium of the People's Republic of China, held a concert for the first time as a rock band in Japan.
  • 2002 (Heisei '14): December, transfer to Nippon Crown record company.
  • 2008 (Heisei '20): April, Masaki Asakawa officially joined as a new member.
  • 2010 (Heisei '22): March 9, Koichi Nakamura be arrested for Stimulant Drug Control Law violations.
  • 2010 (Heisei '22): September 5, discipline of Nakamura, and activity resume as a special unit JAYWALK5 with other members.
  • 2011 (Heisei '23): March 10, Koichi Nakamura leaves the band.
  • 2011 (Heisei '23): May 27, Hidemasa Mabuchi, Aoki Momoko joined as new members. Newborn JAYWALK starting.
  • 2011 (Heisei '23): August 8, it announced that THE JAYWALK is the new name of the band.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • (June 1, 1981): JAYWALK
  • (February 1, 1982): JAYWALK'
  • (December 15, 1982): SENTIMENTAL ROAD
  • (June 25, 1985): EXIT
  • (January 25, 1986): DISTANCE
  • (August 25, 1986): OVAL MIND
  • (November 25, 1986): GREATEST HITS - Best Album
  • (March 25, 1987): OLD FASHIONED "DINNER"
  • (July 25, 1987): Owari no nai natsu
  • (December 21, 1987): JUST BECAUSE
  • (June 25, 1988:) RIDE ON
  • (August 21, 1988): Pierce
  • (April 21, 1989): GALE
  • (October 25, 1986): FOOT STEPS I - Best Album
  • (October 25, 1986): FOOT STEPS II- Best Album
  • (February 21, 1990): COUNTRY
  • (December 16, 1990): DOWN TOWN STORIES
  • (June 10, 1991): J-WALK COLLECTION -THE BEST OF '88~'90- - Best Album
  • (November 21, 1991): THE BELLS OF MY HEART—KNOCK to me hitting the bell of the heart
  • (December 16, 1991): J-WALK The Original KARAOKE. Version # 1
  • (December 5, 1992): 13 sai -THIRTEEN YEARS OLD-
  • (October 25, 1993): J-WALK Super Collection '81~'87 - BOX 7 Discs
  • (December 1, 1993): Start From The Beginning
  • (April 2, 1994): 2HOURS&7MINUTES Complete Featuring of Live at BUDOKAN - 2 Discs
  • (March 1, 1995): A DOZEN OF GAMES
  • (July 5, 1995): Nani mo ienakute ...-THE BEST OF JAYWALK- - Best Album
  • (December 5, 1995): REASON ACOUSTICS BY JAYWALK
  • (September 16, 1996): JAYWALK CLASSICS
  • (March 12, 1997): PENTANGLE
  • (March 4, 1998): J'S BROTHERS BAND
  • (March 10, 1999): HEAVEN
  • (February 23, 2000): DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN? ~ BEST POPS SINCE1980 - Best Album
  • (February 23, 2000): WHILE THE LIGHTS ARE LOW ~ BEST BALLADS SINCE1980 - Best Album
  • (June 21, 2001): I'm all right
  • (April 24, 2002): Asia
  • (February 21, 2003): Old-fashioned love songs - album cover
  • (May 21, 2004): Kanashī kurai morokute nagai hashi
  • (November 25, 2004): JAYWALK SUPER BEST - Best Album
  • (April 1, 2005): Fushigina asa ~ boku ga umaretahi ~
  • (July 19, 2006): Nani mo ienakute ... Natsu The JAYWALK ORIGINAL EDITION 1 - Best Album
  • (September 27, 2006): JUST BECAUSE JAYWALK ORIGINAL EDITION 2 - Best Album
  • (April 25, 2007): Good Fellows
  • (November 28, 2007): Nani mo ienakute… fuyu - Collaboration mini album (※) DJ TORA
  • (November 5, 2008): JAYWALK BALLAD BEST
  • (May 9, 2009): STORIES
  • (May 2, 2011): WE ARE + BEST FINAL - Original & Best Album 2 Discs
  • (May 5, 2012): Itoguruma ~ Spinning Wheel ~First legend「Good luck! My friends~ yasashikute, kanashikute, wagamamana, kimi ni mirai o ~」
  • (September 12, 2012): Itoguruma ~ Spinning Wheel ~ Second legend 「sora to kumo no yō ni ~-fū no iro kumo no iro-boshi no uta ~」
  • (October 10, 2012): New Born Tears
  • (November 21, 2012): Itoguruma ~ Spinning Wheel ~ Third legend「ONCE IN YOUR LIFE ~gai wa konayuki danro no zen Holly Night~」
  • (June 12, 2013): Itoguruma ~ Spinning Wheel ~ SECOND SEASON Fourth Legend「Morning atarashī Chō, atarashī kaze ~」

Singles[edit]

  • (June 1, 1981): JUST BECAUSE
  • (February 1, 1982): Yūhi ni guddobai...
  • (May 5, 1982): MORNING GLOW
  • (November 25, 1982): SENTIMENTAL ROAD
  • (August 25, 1984): Neon kagayaku hibi
  • (April 25, 1985): YOU'RE MY FRIEND
  • (October 25, 1985): Keiko Shōsoku
  • (July 25, 1986): Honō no senshi ~FIELDS ON FIRE~
  • (May 25, 1987): Darenimoienai manatsu no LOVE
  • (August 25, 1987): Aoi station wagon
  • (September 25, 1987): JUST BECAUSE
  • (November 25, 1987): BURNING EYES - "Dai majū gekitō-kō no oni" anime theme song
  • (January 25, 1988): JOURNEY MAN
  • (July 21, 1988): Avalon no kanata e
  • (April 8, 1989): Shōri-sha ~ WINNER ~ - Nagoya Broadcasting Network "Let's Don Quixot" anime theme song
  • (June 21, 1989): Sore wa Jealousy
  • (December 5, 1989): ONCE IN YOUR LIFE
  • (May 21, 1991): Yume wa kazenoyōni
  • (July 21, 1991): Nani mo ienakute... natsu - big hit, salled 1.8 million copies
  • (October 23, 1991): HELLO! I'M A DREAMER
  • (December 16, 1991): Nani mo ienakute ~ WINTER VERSION ~
  • (April 23, 1992): JUST BECAUSE ~JAYWALK ORIGINAL EDITION II
  • (July 1, 1992): Tō sugiru hibi
  • (October 28, 1992): Kiminītehoshī - TV Asahi "Sasurai keiji ryojō-hen V" anime ending theme
  • (April 21, 1993): RELAX
  • (November 21, 1993): Shitsu kushite shimatta tegami no yō ni ...
  • (December 1, 1993): Sono mune no hīrō
  • (May 21, 1994): Mitsumeteitai - The theme song of "Tora rete tamaru ka!?" movie
  • (October 5, 1994): Ame ni mo kaze ni mo - Sankyo Co., Ltd. "Regain" CM song
  • (January 21, 1995):Ienakatta kotoba o kimi ni - Nippon Television drama "STATION" theme song
  • (June 21, 1995): Dare yori mo yasashikute
  • (November 10, 1995): YUKI-ONNA (Yukion'na)
  • (June 5, 1996): Goody... Bōken no kuni e
  • (January 8, 1997): SHE SAID
  • (July 16, 1997): Kokoro no kane o tataite kure - NHK Saturday drama "Ryūtsū sensō" theme song
  • (February 18, 1998): START FROM THE BEGINNING
  • (March 4, 1998): Nami to suna to shiokaze to
  • (February 24, 1999): STARGAZER ~Stargazer~
  • (June 9, 1999): HEAT - Asahi "Super Dry" CM song
  • (September 21, 2000): Mō hitori no jibun o, kimi ni kyō awa setai
  • (July 11, 2001): Step by step
  • (December 22, 2004): Nani mo ienakute… natsu/ JUST BECAUSE-LAST VERSION-
  • (February 23, 2005): 1972/ Eien no hito
  • (March 26, 2008): Mōichido ...
  • (December 3, 2008): Deja-vu ~ Kimigaitanatsu ~
  • (March 25, 2009): Koko kara, subete ga
  • (October 7, 2009): FOR GOOD ~ Eien ni ~
  • (February 24, 2010): Sora to kumo no yō ni

Video works[edit]

  • (September 5, 1990) J-LIVE
  • (April 2, 1994) "THE J-WALK" LIVE ALIVE
  • (October, 2001) JAY CLIPS
  • (February 25, 2004) Live Empire J-WALK
  • (November 25, 2004) JAYWALK LIVE 1990 & 1993
  • (November 25, 2004) JAY CLIPS PLUS
  • (November 24, 2006) JAYWALK MTV PREMIUM LIVE in duo

See also[edit]