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Mucc performing in Paris in 2009.
Background information
Also known as 69, ムック
Origin Ibaraki, Japan
Genres Alternative metal, experimental rock, hard rock, grunge, dance rock
Years active 1997–present
Labels Peanuts, Danger Crue/Shu, Universal, Sony Music Associated
Gan-Shin (EU), Spinefarm (EU)
Associated acts Karasu, Geki ga Kutai, Cali Gari, Daishi Dance
Members Tatsurou
Past members Hiro

Mucc (Japanese: ムック?, Hepburn: Mukku, officially romanized as MUCC) is a Japanese visual kei rock band, formed in Ibaraki in 1997. Named after a character from the children's TV show Hirake! Ponkikki,[citation needed] the band is also known by the nickname "69" since the numbers six and nine can be pronounced "Mu" and "Ku" respectively in Japanese. As of 2017, the band has released thirteen studio albums, two live albums, three EPs, thirty-four singles and seventeen home videos, some of which were also released in Europe.


Formed in May of 1997 by Miya, Tatsurou (then called "Tattoo"), Satochi and Hiro, they originally played The Blue Hearts and Glay covers. In December of 1997, the band handed out their first demo tape "No!?". March 3, 1998, they handed out copies of their second demo tape "Aika", while on December first, they gave a limited 100 copies of their third demo tape "Tsubasa wo Kudasai". In 1999 Hiro left and was replaced by Miya's childhood friend Yukke on February 22. In July of 1999, Mucc had their first tour, handing out demo tapes of "Aka" at every venue. In December Mucc made their first official release, the EP Antique. On June 8, 2000, Tattoo changed his stage name to his current name of Tatsurou. They released their first album, Tsūzetsu on January 7, 2001. In 2002 they signed to Danger Crue, but to their own sublabel Shu, and released their second album Hōmura Uta. September 3, 2003, they release the album "Zeku", soon followed by the release of their first LIVE DVD, "Nihon rettou konton heisei kokoro no naka" on December 10.

Mucc debuted in Europe in August 2005, including a performance at Wacken Open Air. The following year, they performed in the United States at the Otakon anime convention. They returned to the United States in 2007 for the JRock Revolution Festival.

Mucc performing in Sweden in 2008.

They participated on the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour,[1] which stopped at forty cities across the United States and Canada from February to May, along with fellow Japanese bands D'espairsRay and the Underneath. After returning to Japan in May, Mucc performed at the hide memorial summit alongside other famous rock groups such as X Japan, Luna Sea, Versailles and heidi.. In October the Taste of Chaos tour went to Europe, in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom. Mucc performed at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on December 7, 2008 and the House of Blues in Los Angeles on December 10.[2]

In 2009, they once again went to Europe for their "Solid Sphere Tour" starting with a live in Russia on October 3,[3] and for the first time performed two shows in Latin America (Chile and Mexico).[4] The band completed the tour on November 16 in Japan at the JCB Hall, with a total of 18 songs.[5] Mucc started 2010 with a concert on February 14 at the NHK Hall, where they announced they would release a new album that fall.[6] Karma was released on October 6 and has a post-disco or dance sound mixed with Mucc's usual hard rock and metal.

On May 21, 2011, at their "Mucc History Gigs 97~11" Nippon Budokan show, Mucc announced they would be switching labels to Sony Music Associated Records.[7] Their single "Akatsuki" was first sold exclusively at that concert and the following day's, later being available as a digital download with all proceeds donated to aid the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8] Mucc's next single, "Nirvana", was released on March 7, 2012 and used as the opening theme song for the Inu x Boku SS anime.[9] It is their third contribution to an animated series; previously their song "Chain Ring" was used as the ending theme to the Zombie-Loan adaptation and their single "Yakusoku" was used as the opening theme to Night Raid 1931.

15th Anniversary[edit]

An album titled Aishū no Antique, composed of remastered songs mainly from their two EPs Antique and Aishū, was released at their 15th anniversary live, Mucc vs ムック vs Mucc, at Makuhari Messe on June 9, 2012. At the concert they announced a consecutive 3 month DVD release documenting the entire 15th anniversary live. They also announced the release of their eleventh studio album Shangri-La for November 30, 2012. The third single for the album, "Mother", was released on October 31 and was one of the ending themes for Naruto Shippuden, their fourth anime tie in. The album's song "Kyōran Kyoshō -21st Century Baby-" was the theme song for the horror movie Fuan no Tane.

In 2013, Mucc began looking for two new members who would participate in recording, photo shoots and interviews. Applicants had to send in five stickers included with CDs, DVDs and other goods, released in commemoration of the band's 15th anniversary along with an application; it was noted that they did not need to know how to play an instrument.[10] The winners were selected by Mucc's four primary members themselves and given stage names, after interviews and reviewing resumes on a live broadcast on Niconico on July 26. Hancho, a Hungarian female study abroad student from the band's native Ibaraki, and Dean, a male office worker from Chiba Prefecture officially joined the band on August 17.[11][12] However, on September 4, roughly two weeks later, it was announced that both had left the group. Dean left after his parents found out he had joined a rock band by seeing him on TV, and Hancho stated she had achieved her dream of joining Mucc and could now leave to become a fan once more.[13][14]

On December 1, 2013, Mucc gave a free performance in Amerikamura's Triangle Park to an estimated 3,000 fans.[15]

20th Anniversary[edit]

After the release of their 13th studio album "Myakuhaku", Mucc gave a special free live on February 4th to anyone who bought the special edition of "Myakuhaku". The special free live was the start of their 20th anniversary tour. On March 29th, Mucc realest their fifth best album, "BEST OF MUCC II", followed by their sixth "COUPLING BEST II". On May fourth, Mucc released their newest single, "Ieji", along with preforming it live at Ibarakiken Bunkacenter Large Hall.[16]


Also in the supergroup Karasu (カラス?), that formed in 2009 with Hiroto (Alice Nine), Mizuki (Sadie), Dunch (Jealkb) and Kenzo (Ayabie).[17]
Also in the group GeKiGaKutai (激楽隊?), that formed in 2003 with Nezaki (La Vie En Rose), Tsuyoshi (Jully) and Yoshida (Three 9).[18]
Former members
  • Hiro – bass, backing vocals (1997–1999)


Mucc discography
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Mucc performing in Los Angeles in 2007
Studio albums 13
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 8
Video albums 17
EPs 3
Singles 36

Studio albums[edit]

Album Japanese Release date
Tsūzetsu 痛絶 January 7, 2001
Hōmura Uta 葬ラ謳 September 6, 2002
Zekū 是空 September 3, 2003
Kuchiki no Tō 朽木の灯 September 1, 2004
Hōyoku 鵬翼 November 23, 2005
6 April 26, 2006
Gokusai 極彩 December 6, 2006
Shion 志恩 March 26, 2008
Kyūtai 球体 March 4, 2009
Karma カルマ October 6, 2010
Shangri-La シャングリラ November 28, 2012
The End of the World June 25, 2014
Myakuhaku 脈拍 January 25, 2017


Album Japanese Release date
Antique アンティーク December 25, 1999
Aishū 哀愁 December 25, 2001
T.R.E.N.D.Y. -Paradise from 1997- June 24, 2015

Live albums[edit]

Album Release date
Kuchiki no Tō Live at Roppongi January 26, 2005
Psychedelic Analysis March 28, 2007

Compilation albums[edit]

Album Release date
Cover Parade June 6, 2006
Best of Mucc June 6, 2007
Worst of Mucc June 6, 2007
Coupling Best August 12, 2009
Coupling Worst August 19, 2009
Aishū no Antique
August 22, 2012
Best of Mucc II March 3, 2017
Coupling Best II March 29, 2017


Date Title Album
2000 "Shōfu/Hai" (娼婦/廃?) Tsūzetsu
2001 "Aoban" (青盤?) No featured album
"Akaban" (赤盤?) Hōmura Uta
2002 "Fu o Tataeru Uta" (負ヲ讃エル謳?)
"Suisō" (水槽?) No featured album
2003 "Ware, Arubeki Basho" (我、在ルベキ場所?) Zekū
2004 "Rojiura Boku to Kimi e" (路地裏 僕と君へ?) Kuchiki no Tō
"Monokuro no Keshiki" (モノクロの景色?)
2005 "Kokoro no Nai Machi" (ココロノナイマチ?) Hōyoku
"Ame no Orchestra" (雨のオーケストラ?)
"Saishū Ressha" (最終列車?)
2006 "Gerbera" (ガーベラ?) Gokusai
"Ryūsei" (流星?)
"Utagoe" (謡声?)
"Horizont" (ホリゾント?)
2007 "Libra" (リブラ?) Shion
"Flight" (フライト?)
"Fuzz" (ファズ?)
2008 "Ageha" (アゲハ?) Kyūtai
2009 "Sora to Ito" (空と糸?)
"Freesia" (フリージア?) Karma
"Diorama" (ジオラマ?) No featured album
2010 "Yakusoku" (約束?) Karma
"Falling Down" (フォーリングダウン?)
2011 "Akatsuki" (?) No featured album
"Arcadia featuring Daishi Dance" (アルカディア featuring DAISHI DANCE?) Shangri-La
2012 "Nirvana" (ニルヴァーナ?)
2013 "Halo" The End of the World
"World's End"
2014 "Ender Ender"
"Yue ni, Matenrou" (故に、摩天楼?) Myakuhaku
2015 "Brilliant World" (ブリリアント ワールド?) No featured album
2016 "Heide" (ハイデ?) Myakuhaku
2017 "Ieji" No featured album

V/A Compilations[edit]

Album Release date Song(s)
Hot Indies Best Selection Vol. 1 August 25, 1998 "Kuranke" (クランケ?)
Non Standard File: @6Sight July 16, 2000 "Kokonoka ~Yojōhan Ver.~" (九日 〜四畳半Ver.〜?), "Kokuen" (黒煙?)
Shock Edge 2001 September 1, 2001 "Suimin" (スイミン?)
Boøwy Respect December 24, 2003 "Kisetsu ga Kimi Dake wo Kaeru" (季節が君だけを変える?)
Rock Nippon Noriko Shoji Selection January 24, 2007 "Rojiura Boku to Kimi e" (路地裏 僕と君へ?)
Luna Sea Memorial Cover Album -Re:birth- December 19, 2007 "Déjàvu"
Cloverfield: Rob's Party Mix January 17, 2008 "Fuzz" (ファズ?)
Detroit Metal City Tribute Album: Ikenie Metal Mix March 28, 2008 "Flight Best Hold It Ver. (フライト Best Hold It Ver.?)
This is for You: The Yellow Monkey Tribute Album December 9, 2009 "Tsuioku no Mermaid" (追憶のマーメイド?)
Parade II -Respective Tracks of Buck-Tick- July 4, 2012 "Jupiter"
Naruto Super Sounds November 26, 2014 "Mother"


  • Nihon Rettō Konton Heisei Kokoro no Naka (日本列島混沌平成心ノ中?, December 10, 2003)
  • Mucc History DVD The Worst (ムックヒストリーDVD ザ・ワース?, December 22, 2004)
  • Tonan no Hōyoku (図南の鵬翼?, March 29, 2006)
  • World Tour Final Nippon Budokan 666 (ワールドツアーファイナル日本武道館「666」?, December 10, 2006)
  • Mucc -Live Chronicle- (MUCC 〜ライヴ クロニクル〜?, November 28, 2007)
  • Mucc -Live Chronicle 2- (MUCC 〜ライヴ クロニクル2〜?, December 24, 2008)
  • The Clips -Track of Six Nine- (August 5, 2009)
  • Mucc Live Chronicle 3 - "Kyūtai" in Nippon Budokan- (MUCC ライヴ クロニクル3〜 「球体」 in日本武道館〜?, December 23, 2009)
  • Mucc Live Chronicle 3 - "Kyūtai" in Nippon Budokan- Tsūjōban (MUCC ライヴ クロニクル3〜 「球体」 in日本武道館〜通常版?, March 10, 2010)
  • Winter Circuit 2010 @ NHK Hall (WINTER CIRCUIT 2010 @NHKホール?, February 14, 2011)
  • Mucc Chemical Parade (November 23, 2011)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Shisei (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「死生」?, August 22, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Misshitsu (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「密室」?, September 13, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Fukanzenban: Kodō (-MUCC 15th Anniversary Year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」不完全盤「鼓動」?, October 3, 2012)
  • -Mucc 15th Anniversary Year Live- Mucc vs Mucc vs Mucc Kanzenban (-MUCC 15th Anniversary year Live-「MUCC vs ムック vs MUCC」完全盤?, February 14, 2013)
  • Mucc Tour 2012-2013 "Shangri-La" (October 2, 2013)
  • Six Nine Wars -Bokura no Nana-kagetsu Kan Senso- The End @ Yoyogi National Gymnasium's First Gymnasium (『SIX NINE WARS -ぼくらの七ヶ月間戦争-「THE END」@国立代々木競技場第一体育館』?, February 25, 2015)
  • F#ck the Past F#ck the Future on World -Paradise from T.R.E.N.D.Y.- (November 25, 2015)


  • "No!?" (October 1997)
  • "Aika" (March 20, 1998)
  • "Tsubasa o Kudasai" (December 1, 1998)
  • "Shūka" (February 14, 1999)
  • "Aka" (July 24, 1999)


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  2. ^ J!-ENT interviews MUCC Feb 9, 2009, by Wynne Ip, retrieved Feb 9, 2009
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  4. ^ MUCC in South America 2009 -Solid Sphere- Tour Schedule Confirmed!
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  6. ^ "Episode 155:MUCC as a New Piece of Art for Valentine's Day". MusicJapanPlus. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
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  14. ^ "MUCCs new members already left the band!". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
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  17. ^ "KARASU is "free"". Tokyohive. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2011-08-14. 
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