March 27, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Pizzicato Five

With a super suave, sixties hipster style, and, a sound like Sergio Mendes drinkin' martinis on a midnight jet ride with Corrin Drewery, Pizzicato 5 took the international scene by storm in the mid-90s.

But it hadn't always been such a magic carpet ride. The band actually started out in the mid-80s and went through a load of members and lead singers before hitting the jackpot in 1991 with the lead vocals of Maki Nomiya and the suave keyboard stylings of Ryō Kamomiya. The duo gave the band a heart and soul that it had been lacking, and Pizzicato 5 set about launching the Japanese lounge scene, Shibuya-kei, which was heavily influenced by soul, latin jazz, bossa nova, and synthpop. After that cool songs in both Japanese and English just seemed to pour out of the group. The hip, motown tribute "Sweet Soul Revue," the trippy, funky, sampled "Baby Love Child," the swingin' Carnabyesque "GoGo Dancer," and "Twiggy Twiggy," the soft trip-hoppy "I Wanna Be Like You," the Brasil 66 like "Room Service," and I could go on and on. You get the picture.

In 1995 Matador Records collected their early singles into a full lengthy USA release "Made in USA" which quickly sold a quarter million copies world wide. Later releases did equally well and the band's homeland popularity grew to superstar status until they broke up in 2001.

Pizzicato 5 -- Twiggy Twiggy (Twiggy vs. James Bond)

Pizzicato 5 - Triste

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