The Cro-Magnons

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The Cro-Magnons
The Cro-Magnons live in Japan, 2011
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Punk rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Ariola Japan,
BMG Japan/Happysong
Associated acts The Blue Hearts,
The High-Lows,
Nil, Sads, Gargoyle
Members Hiroto Kōmoto (Vocals)
Masatoshi Mashima (Guitar)
Masaru Kobayashi (Bass)
Katsuji Kirita (Drums)

The Cro-Magnons (ザ・クロマニヨンズ?, Za Kuromaniyonzu) is a Japanese rock band founded in July 2006 by Hiroto Kōmoto (vocals) and Masatoshi Mashima (guitar), both previously of The Blue Hearts and The High-Lows, with Masaru Kobayashi (bass) and Katsuji Kirita (drums).


After The High-Lows ceased activity in November 2005, Mashima proposed forming a new band with Kōmoto. Due to an introduction from a recording engineer named Satoshi Kawaguchi, known from the time of The Blue Hearts, Kobayashi and Kirita joined the formation of The Cro-Magnons. The name of the band came after Mashima and Komoto saw The Rolling Stones perform live at the Nagoya Dome. Their first album had already been recorded and the band was tentatively named "Kuromaniyonzu".

With their album due to be finished in the winter of 2006, they appeared all over the country in summer music events without announcement and without a name. On the net, people blinked and wondered "Is this Hiroto and Mashi's new band?" Before their live performance on Osaka's "Meet The World Beat 2006," news of their appearance was leaked and some of the crowd called out "Hiroto!", "Mashi!". With a bitter smile, the band members said "It wasn't a secret at all." At 1:41pm on July 23, The Cro-Magnons made their first official appearance as a band.[1] Two months later, on September 20, the band began their first nationwide tour, "The Cro-Magnons Shutsuen Tour!!" (ザ・クロマニヨンズ出現ツアー!! The Cro-Magnons Appear Tour!!).[1]

The band had a second tour in early 2007, entitled "Haru no Uraura Matsuri" (春のウラウラ祭り Spring Gently Shining Festival), with 16 performances nationwide.[1]

Band members[edit]

Founders, Hiroto Kōmoto and Masatoshi Mashima, worked together in two previous bands—The Blue Hearts and The High-Lows. Bassist Masaru Kobayashi previously performed with Sads and Soy Sauce Sonix. He is currently involved in nil. Drummer Katsuji Kirita also performs with Gargoyle.



Title Release Date Peak chart positions
Oricon[2] Japan Hot 100[3]
Tally-Ho (タリホー) 2006.09.20 3 ×
Paper Plane (紙飛行機) 2007.04.25 7 ×
Giri Giri Ga Gan Gan (ギリギリガガンガン) 2007.08.15 8 ×
Eight Bit (エイトビート) 2008.05.21 7 16
Speed and Knife (スピードとナイフ) 2008.08.27 13 21
Glycerin Queen (グリセリン・クイーン) 2009.10.07 7 23
Motorcycle, Leather Jacket and Curry (オートバイと皮ジャンパーとカレー) 2010.10.20 9 20
Streamline/Tobinore! Bonnie! (流線型/飛び乗れ!ボニー!) 2011.03.02 10 35
Number One SOB! (ナンバーワン野郎!) 2011.09.14 8 11
Rain or Shine (雷雨決行) 2011.12.14 8 22
Assault Rock (突撃ロック) 2012.05.23 18 18
Flame (炎) 2012.12.12 13 18
Kiss Made Ikeru (キスまでいける) 2014.08.06 16  ?
Erubisu Kari (エルビス仮) 2015.09.09 15  ?
Petenshi Rock (ペテン師ロック) 2016.09.14  ?  ?
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.


Title Release Date Peak chart position
The Cro-Magnons (ザ・クロマニヨンズ) 2006.10.25 4
Cave Party 2007.09.12 7
Fire Age 2008.10.15 3
Mondo Roccia 2009.10.28 5
Oi! um bobo 2010.11.10 7
Ace Rocker 2012.01.18 6
Yeti vs. Cromagnon 2013.02.06 4
Gumbo Inferno 2014.09.24 4
Jungle 9 2015.10.21  ?
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.


  1. ^ a b c The Cro-Magnons. (Japanese) The Cro-Magnons. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved April 21, 2014.  (subscription only)
  3. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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