Pizzicato Five

Pizzicato Five
Aliases
Pizzicato 5
Pizzicato V
Country
Japan
Comments
Originally a five-piece unit, they debuted commercially in 1985 under the aegis of Haruomi Hosono.
In the early years of their career, Pizzicato Five went through diverse line-up changes, only to find temporary stability (and commercial success) in the early 1990's, when singer/model Maki Nomiya joined Konishi and Takanami.
In the mid-1990's, when Pizzicato Five started to gain international recognition, Takanami quit the band, thus leaving Konishi and Nomiya as the only remaining members.
The duo officially broke up on March 1, 2001.
Known for their prolificacy and eclecticism, their unique retro-futuristic sound and fashion sense made them (at least for Western audiences) the epitome of the so-called Shibuya-kei (Shibuya Style).
Members
Keitaro Takanami    (1984 - 1994)
Maki Nomiya    Lead singer (1990-2001)
Mamiko Sasaki    Lead singer (1984-1987)
Ryo Kamomiya    (1984-1987)
Takao Tajima    Lead singer (1988-1990)
Yasuharu Konishi    Founder and only constant member
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Covers by Pizzicato Five

Title Performer Release date Originally by
September 21, 1992 Kyoko Koizumi
September 30, 1995 Brigitte Bardot
Covered by Maki Nomiya
February 10, 1994 Bobby Troup
Uses samples from Lalo Schifrin
October 1, 1996 Arisa Mizuki
September 30, 1995 Plastics
October 27, 2004 The Rolling Stones
January 1, 2001 TV Jesus
October 1, 1996 Franco Faccio, ザ・ピーナッツ (The Peanuts)
June 30, 1987 John Sebastian
Covered by Avec Meets Haruko Asaka
February 10, 1994 Bobby Goldsboro
October 1, 1996 John Simon, Moonriders
September 1, 1991 Haruomi Hosono
Uses samples from The Beatles
June 20, 1996 The Beach Boys
May 21, 1990 Bazaar
August 21, 1985 Simon and Garfunkel
Covered by Joanna Eden
1997 João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Stan Getz & João Gilberto
April 21, 1999 Michel Polnareff
September 1, 1991 Maki Nomiya
Uses samples from (4 artists)
November 20, 1999 TV Jesus
May 21, 1990 大瀧詠一 (Eiichi Otaki)
September 27, 2013 Carlos Toshiki & Omega Tribe
June 21, 1997 Kahimi Karie