is a Japanese
pop rock band composed of lead singer , on guitar, on drums and on keyboards.
They debuted with in 1992. They were not an instant hit initially, but their fourth single broke the top 50 of the Oricon
charts. Eventually, the single got a lot of attention since it was used in the DNA^2 Anime series, breaking into the top 10. The next single , also broke into the top 10. "Zurui Onna" is the 84th best-selling single in Japan
of all-time. Their 11th single, , topped the charts in 1996.
In 1997, the band held an audition on the evening show ASAYAN
to find a new female vocalist. While the audition eventually yielded winner Michiyo Heike
, the competition would be the impetus for the formation of Morning Musume
. Runners-up Yuko Nakazawa
, Natsumi Abe
, Kaori Iida
, Aya Ishiguro
, and Asuka Fukuda
took up Tsunku's offer after the competition to form a group he would personally produce if they could sell 50,000 copies of their debut independent single Ai no Tane
in five days. The mission was accomplished in four.
After the 2000 release of , the band went on hiatus. During this period, Tsunku focused on establishing Morning Musume's career and the formation of Hello! Project
stable. Makoto would frequently act as an emcee during these concerts.
During the end of 2006 and early 2007, Hakate, Makoto, and Taisei would frequently appear on the short music show Uta Doki!
to play their respective instruments in support of the guest vocalist.
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