Mucc

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Mucc
MUCC-Montmartre-2009.jpg
Mucc performing in Paris in 2009.
Background information
Also known as
  • 69
  • ムック
OriginIbaraki, Japan
Genres
Years active1997–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website55-69.com
MembersTatsurou
Miya
Satochi
Yukke
Past membersHiro

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 13 studio albums, two live albums, three EPs, 34 singles and 17 home videos, some of which were also released in Europe.

History[edit]

Beginnings (1997–2005)[edit]

MUCC written with Japanese characters.

Formed in May 1997 by Miya, Tatsurou (then called "Tattoo"), Satochi and Hiro, they originally played The Blue Hearts and Glay covers. In December 1997, the band handed out their first demo tape No!?. On 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 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 Zekū, soon followed by the release of their first live DVD, Nihon Rettou Konton Heisei Kokoro no Naka on December 10.

Activities (2005–2010)[edit]

Miya performing with Mucc in London.

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.

They participated on the Taste of Chaos 2008 tour,[2] 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.[3]

In 2009, they once again went to Europe for their "Solid Sphere Tour" starting with a live in Russia on October 3,[4] and for the first time performed two shows in Latin America (Chile and Mexico).[5] The band completed the tour on November 16 in Japan at the JCB Hall, with a total of 18 songs.[6] Mucc started 2010 with a concert on February 14 at the NHK Hall, where they announced they would release a new album that fall.[7] Karma was released on October 6 and has a post-disco or dance sound mixed with Mucc's usual hard rock and metal sound.

2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (2011)[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.

Shangri-La and 15th Anniversary (2012–2013)[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.[11] 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.[12][13] 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:[14][15] "I made my dream of being a member of MUCC come true. Now I want to go back to being a fan."[16]

On December 1, 2013, Mucc gave a free performance in Amerikamura's Triangle Park to an estimated 3,000 fans.[17]

Myakuhaku and 20th Anniversary (2017–present)[edit]

After the release of their thirteenth studio album Myakuhaku on January 25, 2017, Mucc gave a special free live performance on February 4 to anyone who bought the special edition of the album. The special free live performance was the start of their 20th anniversary tour. On March 29, Mucc released their fifth best album, Best of Mucc II, followed by their sixth Coupling Best II. On May 4, they released their newest single, "Ieji", along with performing it live at Ibarakiken Bunkacenter Large Hall.[18]

They also released three self-cover albums, beginning with Shin Tsūzetsu and Shin Hōmura Uta on August 9, 2017. The third was Koroshi no Shirabe II: This is Not Greatest Hits on September 13, the title of which was taken from Buck-Tick's similar Koroshi no Shirabe: This Is Not Greatest Hits. They covered "Crazy4You" by D'erlanger for the D'erlanger Tribute Album ~Stairway to Heaven~ which was released on the same day.[19]

Members[edit]

Current members
Also in the supergroup Karasu (カラス), that formed in 2009 with Hiroto (Alice Nine), Mizuki (Sadie), Dunch (Jealkb) and Kenzo (Ayabie).[20]
Also in the group GeKiGaKutai (激楽隊), that formed in 2003 with Nezaki (La Vie En Rose), Tsuyoshi (Jully) and Yoshida (Three 9),[21] and the X Japan cover band X Suginami with Dancho (Nogod), Yuu (Merry), Akane (ex-The Scanty) and Daisuke (Jupiter).[22]
Former members
  • Hiro – bass, backing vocals (1997–1999)

Discography[edit]

Mucc discography
Mucc jrock revolution.jpg
Mucc performing in Los Angeles in 2007
Studio albums13
Live albums2
Compilation albums8
Video albums17
EPs3
Singles36
Self-cover albums3

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon
chart[23]
Tsūzetsu
(痛絶)
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: January 7, 2001
  • Label: Peanuts
Hōmura Uta
(葬ラ謳)
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: September 6, 2002
  • Label: Danger Crue
Zekū
(是空)
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: September 3, 2003
  • Label: Universal
17
Kuchiki no Tō
(朽木の灯)
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: September 1, 2004
  • Label: Universal
19
Hōyoku
(鵬翼)
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: November 23, 2005
  • Label: Universal, Island Records
22
6 29
Gokusai
(極彩)
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: December 6, 2006
  • Label: Universal Sigma
22
Shion
(志恩)
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: March 26, 2008
  • Label: Universal, Island Records
13
Kyūtai
(球体)
  • 9th studio album
  • Released: March 4, 2009
  • Label: Universal Sigma
12
Karma
(カルマ)
  • 10th studio album
  • Released: October 6, 2010
  • Label: Danger Crue
11
Shangri-La
(シャングリラ)
18
The End of the World
  • 12th studio album
  • Released: June 25, 2014
  • Label: Sony Music Associated
13
Myakuhaku
(脈拍)
  • 13th studio album
  • Released: January 25, 2017
  • Label: Sony Music Associated
17

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Oricon
chart[23]
Antique
(アンティーク)
Aishū
(哀愁)
  • 2nd EP
  • Released: December 25, 2001
  • Label: Danger Crue
T.R.E.N.D.Y. -Paradise from 1997- 17

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon
chart[23]
Kuchiki no Tō Live at Roppongi
(朽木の灯ライヴアット六本木)
131
Psychedelic Analysis
(サイケデリックアナライシス)
71

Self-cover albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon
chart[23]
Shin Tsūzetsu
(新痛絶)
  • Released: August 9, 2017
  • Label: Maverick
  • Format: CD
28
Shin Hōmura Uta
(新葬ラ謳)
  • Released: August 9, 2017
  • Label: Maverick
  • Format: CD
29
Koroshi no Shirabe II: This is Not Greatest Hits
(殺シノ調べII This is NOT Greatest Hits)
  • Released: September 13, 2017
  • Label: Maverick
  • Format: CD
14

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon
chart[23]
Cover Parade
Best of Mucc
  • Released: June 6, 2007
  • Label: Universal Sigma
  • Format: CD
24
Worst of Mucc
  • Released: June 6, 2007
  • Label: Universal Sigma
  • Format: CD
25
Coupling Best
(カップリング・ベスト)
  • Released: August 12, 2009
  • Label: Universal Sigma
  • Format: CD
29
Coupling Worst
(カップリング・ワースト)
  • Released: August 19, 2009
  • Label: Danger Crue
  • Format: CD
32
Aishū no Antique
哀愁のアンティーク
  • Released: August 22, 2012
  • Label: Danger Crue
  • Format: CD
69
Best of Mucc II 22
Coupling Best II
  • Released: March 29, 2017
  • Label: Sony Music Associated
  • Format: CD
23

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2000 "Shōfu/Hai"
(娼婦/廃)
Tsūzetsu
2001 "Aoban"
(青盤)
Hōmura Uta
"Akaban"
(赤盤)
2002 "Fu o Tataeru Uta"
(負ヲ讃エル謳)
"Suisō"
(水槽)
Non-album single
2003 "Waga, 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)
Non-album single
2010 "Yakusoku"
(約束)
Karma
"Falling Down"
(フォーリングダウン)
2011 "Akatsuki"
()
Non-album single
"Arcadia" (featuring Daishi Dance)
(アルカディア (featuring DAISHI DANCE))
Shangri-La
2012 "Nirvana"
(ニルヴァーナ)
"Mother"
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)
Non-album single
2016 "Heide"
(ハイデ)
Myakuhaku
"Classic"[24]
2017 "Ieji"
(家路)
Shin Tsūzetsu
2018 "Jigen Bakudan"
(時限爆弾)
Non-album single

V/A Compilations[edit]

Album Release date Song(s)
Hot Indies Best Selection Vol. 1 August 25, 1998 "Kranke" (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"
D'erlanger Tribute Album ~Stairway to Heaven~ September 13, 2017 "Crazy4You"

Videos[edit]

  • 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)

Demos[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  16. ^ https://visualioner.com/2013/09/05/dean-and-hancho-has-already-left-mucc-is-this-a-joke/
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