|Origin||New York City|
|Associated acts||The Misfits|
Osaka Popstar is a punk rock supergroup formed in 2006 by New Yorker John Cafiero. In 2006, Cafiero teamed up with several well known punk rock artists to create the anime based punk group, Osaka Popstar. They released their debut album/DVD on May 23, 2006. Their lyrics consist of topics such as characters in Japanese anime like Astroboy and Sailor Moon. The first single off the album was a cover of singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, entitled "Wicked World."
Their album was released in Japan in June 2007. In 2008, they released a live EP, which was recorded on Halloween night 2006 on the Fiend Fest. In 2012, Cafiero, backed by the band Juicehead and credited to Osaka Popstar X Juicehead, released a cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room". Since 2013, the band has sporadically released singles.
The most recent release, "Christmas in the Loony Bin", features the following lineup:
- John Cafiero – vocals
- Dean Rispler (The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black) – guitar/bass
- Jon Wurster (Bob Mould, Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) – drums
- Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) – drums
- Sal Maida (Milk 'N' Cookies, Roxy Music, Sparks) – bass
- Jerry Only (The Misfits) – bass, backing Vocals
- Dez Cadena (Black Flag, The Misfits) – lead guitar
- Ivan Julian (The Voidoids) – rhythm guitar
- Marky Ramone (Ramones, The Voidoids, Dust, The Misfits) – drums
- Rock'em O-Sock 'em Live! (2008)
- "Shaolin Monkeys" (2008)
- "Waiting Room" (2012) (with Juicehead)
- "Super Hero" (2013)
- "Hopping Ghosts" (2014)
- "O Holy Night" (2014)
- "Christmas in the Loony Bin" (2016)
- "Misfits Records Presents "Fiend Fest '06" Featuring the Misfits With Special Guest Appearance by Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk!" (Press release). Market Wire. 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2006-09-21.
- "CHRISTMAS IN THE LOONY BIN". Misfits Records. Retrieved 2016-12-05.