Seatbelts (シートベルツ Shītoberutsu, also known as Seat Belts or SEATBELTS) is a Japanese band led by composer and instrumentalist Yoko Kanno. An international ensemble comprising both a stable lineup of musicians and various collaborators, the band was assembled by Kano in 1998 to perform the soundtrack music for the Cowboy Bebop anime series. Their repertoire covered and blended many different genres, mainly jazz, but also a wide variety of rock, electronic, funk, heavy metal, and j-pop styles.
The name of the Space band, according to the fictional description given in the anime series Cowboy Bebop, derives from how the performers wear seatbelts to be safe while they play hardcore jam sessions.
The band performed the whole soundtrack of the anime series Cowboy Bebop and produced a total of seven albums and one live DVD.
- Cowboy Bebop (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop No Disc (1998)
- Cowboy Bebop Blue (1999)
- Jin-Roh (1999)
- Ask DNA (2001)
- Future Blues (2001)
Remixes and Compilation Albums
- Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance (1999)
- Cowgirl Ed (2001)
- Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set (2002)
- Cowboy Bebop Tank! THE! BEST! (2004)
- Space Bio Charge (2009)