Zigzo

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Zigzo
Also known as Malice en Sex
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, punk rock
Years active 1999–2002, 2011, 2012–present
Labels Heat Wave/Triad,
Crown Stones
Associated acts By-Sex, Sons of All Pussys, Nil, Test-No., By-Sexual, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Malice Mizer
Website zigzo.net
Members Tetsu
Ryo
Den
Sakura

Zigzo (stylized as ZIGZO) is a Japanese rock supergroup that originally started activities in 1999 and disbanded in 2002.[1] Each member came from a prominent band and they became very popular in the indies scene. They disbanded after their last show on March 16, 2002, reportedly due to musical differences.

Tetsu subsequently formed Nil, The JuneJulyAugust and started his own record label, Ryo and Den formed the bands Pt. and Test-No., and Sakura joined Sons of All Pussys, Creature Creature, Rayflower and became guitarist for Lion Heads. In May 2011, Ryo, Den and Sakura teamed up again, this time to reform By-Sex. After a surprise performance on November 20, 2011, Zigzo officially restarted activities the following year on March 17.

Reunion[edit]

On November 20, 2011, Sakura held a birthday concert at Shibuya O-West where each member performed with their current bands.[2] However, together they performed a surprise set as Zigzo and announced that they will officially restart activities at a concert on March 17, 2012 at Akasaka Blitz titled The 2nd Scene Zigzo.[2][3] At the show they released an album that was recorded "live" at a rehearsal on June 6, 2011.[2][4] On October 10, 2012, they released their third studio album The Battle of Love.

The band's greatest hits album Got "S" and Dis-Star -Best of Zigzo-, released prior to their breakup, was re-released on Blu-spec CD2 on September 18, 2013, with a DVD of the music videos for all eight of their singles.[5] Zigzo released their first mini album True Impulse on July 17, and three days later allowed fans to watch them rehearse at a special event at Tower Records in Shibuya.[6] They also participated in the HIV/AIDS benefit concert Hope and Live ~ HIV/AIDS Support and Treatment Benefit Concert 2013, which was held on August 26-28 at Club Citta.[7]

Zigzo released the album Forever Young on July 1, 2014, in celebration of their fifteenth anniversary. It includes a re-recording of their 1999 single "Himawari".[8]

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Monster Music (October 1, 1999), Oricon Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 25[9]
  • Add9 Suicide (September 27, 2000) No. 38[9]
  • The Battle of Love (October 10, 2012) No. 46[9]
  • True Impulse (July 17, 2013, mini album) No. 59[9]
  • Forever Young (July 1, 2014) No. 60[9]

Other albums[edit]

  • Got "S" and Dis-Star -Best of Zigzo- (January 1, 2002, compilation album) No. 239 (2013 re-release)[9]
  • Zigzo 20110620 (March 17, 2012, live album)

Singles[edit]

  • "Chi to Ase to Namida no Uragawa no Happy" (血と汗と涙の裏側のハッピー, July 1, 1999), Oricon Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 22[10]
  • "Himawari" (ひまわり, "Sunflower", August 21, 1999) No. 43[10]
  • "Splash!" (February 23, 2000) No. 42[10]
  • "Tonight, I Will Fall" (June 21, 2001) No. 29[10]
  • "Walk" (September 20, 2000) No. 33[10]
  • "The World Introduction" (February 1, 2001) No. 48[10]
  • "Flow" (June 20, 2001) No. 43[10]
  • "Chelsea" (チェルシー, November 21, 2001) No. 61[10]

Videos[edit]

  • The 1st Scene Zigzo (December 1, 1999, VHS concert from August 31, 1999 at Akasaka Blitz)
  • Songs from Gentle Heart ~ Video Clips '99 - '00 (February 21, 2001, VHS music videos)
  • Wonderful Days (Fanclub only VHS concert from December 27, 2001 at Shibuya-AX)
  • The Last Scene Zigzo (June 2002, DVD concert from their last live on March 16, 2002 at Akasaka Blitz)
  • The 2nd Scene Zigzo (June 16, 2012, DVD concert from their reunion live on March 17, 2012 at Akasaka Blitz)
  • Beyond the Moment (January 11, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ZIGZO JaME Profile". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "ZIGZO、再始動を発表". barks.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  3. ^ "ZIGZO Revival Planned for 2012". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  4. ^ "ZIGZO 2ndシーズン突入!サイト一新&復活ライブ情報公開". Natalie (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  5. ^ "ZIGZO Begins Digital Distribution Of Older Works On Release Day Of New EP". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  6. ^ "ZIGZO、First Mini Album released & Akasaka BLITZ Performance To Be Held". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  7. ^ "RYUICHI KAWAMURA, Shinya, Hideki, and ZIGZO to Perform at HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  8. ^ "ZIGZO to Release New Album “FOREVER YOUNG” on Fifteenth Anniversary of Debut". barks.jp. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f ZIGZOのアルバム売り上げランキング oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h ZIGZOのシングル売り上げランキング oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2011-05-06.

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