Thug Murder

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Thug Murder were an influential streetpunk all-female band from Japan.[1][2][3] Though their songs were written and performed in English, their heavy Japanese accents made the lyrics largely unintelligible.[4] The band was formed in November 1999 and split after two years, in October 2001. Thug Murder toured the USA and EU with the Dropkick Murphys in 2001.[5] They're also known for playing with The Boils, The Casualties and The Unseen, among others. Their American debut was released on Dropkick Murphys's Flat Records.[6][7]

In 2002, Ryoko formed the similarly styled band Last Target and released the song "One Shot, One Kill".[8] "One Shot, One Kill" is distributed by the BENTEN Label.


  • Ryoko Naitoh - Guitar and vocals
  • Chisato Ohtsubo - Bass and vocals
  • Yurie Sakuma - Drums and vocals


  • 'Punch Drunk 3 (2000) - (TKO Records)[9]
  • 13th Round (2001) – (TKO Records)
  • Thug Murder (1999)-EP) - (Luck Records)


  1. ^ Brownlow, Ron (2008-01-04), Never mind New Year's Eve, bring on Antipop! 2, Taipei Times, retrieved 2008-01-22 
  2. ^ Bartz, Simon (2000-05-02), Punkers united will never be divided, The Japan Times, retrieved 2008-01-22 
  3. ^ Feldmar, Marcel (2001-04), The 13th Round review, Ink 19, retrieved 2008-01-22  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Kogan, Frank (2001-08-15), Return to Whenever, The Village Voice, retrieved 2008-01-22 
  5. ^ Jim Preston (2001-04-11). "Dropkick Murphys, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, Reach the Sky & Thug Murder - the Brick Works, Chico, CA". Synthesis. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  6. ^ Hart, Jeremy, The 13th Round review, PopMatters, retrieved 2008-01-22 
  7. ^ Bartz, Simon (2001-02-06), The boys are smokin', the girls are on fire, The Japan Times, retrieved 2008-01-22 
  8. ^ Meredith, Brian (2003-10), October 2003 Show Reviews, Skratch Magazine, retrieved 2008-01-22  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Punch Drunk 2 review, Hybrid Magazine, retrieved 2008-01-22 

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