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The Blue Hearts
ザ・ブルーハーツ
Also known as Buruha
ブルハ
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Punk rock
Years active 19851995
Labels Meldac Records
(1987-1989)
East West Japan
(1989-1995)
Associated acts The High-Lows
The Cro-Magnons
The Big Hip
Website Meldac Records site
East West Japan site
Former members
Hiroto Kōmoto
Masatoshi Mashima
Junnosuke Kawaguchi
Tetsuya Kajiwara
Mikio Shirai (support member)

The Blue Hearts (ザ・ブルーハーツ Za Burū Hātsu ?) was a popular Japanese punk rock band[1] that performed from the latter half of the 1980s to the early half of the 1990s. They have been compared to such bands as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and the Ramones.[2] In 2004, The Blue Hearts were named by HMV as the 19th most successful and influential Japanese music group.[3]

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Career

Its members were Hiroto Kōmoto (vocalist), Masatoshi Mashima (guitarist), Junnosuke Kawaguchi (bassist) and Tetsuya Kajiwara (drummer). Mikio Shirai was not an official member of the band, but often toured with them as their keyboardist. Formed in 1985, the group made its major debut in May 1987, and released its first album, the self-titled The Blue Hearts,[4] and followed that up with seven more albums. Though they started on an independent label, each album sold more copies than the previous one, with their last recording selling in the millions.

In addition to having popular albums, they also had many popular singles. The two most well-known are "Train-Train" and "Linda Linda", which can be found on many karaoke machines. A cover version of "Linda Linda" was used in the 2004 dramas Socrates in Love and Gachi Baka, as well as the 2005 film Linda Linda Linda, the plot of which centers on a high school girls' band practicing The Blue Hearts' songs for the finale concert of their school's culture festival. The song also appears in the 2005 Nintendo DS video game Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan,. Other songs, including "Train-Train", "Owaranai Uta" and "Hito ni Yasashiku", have been featured in the Konami arcade games Drummania and Guitar Freaks.

They were seen as controversial in Japan,[4] where antics such as using the taboo Japanese word for crazy, and spitting on television cameras got them banned from TV for a year.

Post-breakup

After The Blue Hearts broke up in 1995, Kōmoto and Mashima joined together with three new band members to form a new group, The High-Lows.[4] The new band's lyrics were less likely to be social commentaries, as they tended to be on the surreal side. In addition to retaining the hard core fans of The Blue Hearts, The High-Lows were also able to attract new fans and lasted another ten years. After The High-Lows broke up in 2005, Kōmoto and Mashima again formed a new band in 2006, this time calling themselves The Cro-Magnons.

After the break up of The Blue Hearts, both Kōmoto and Mashima chose not to sing any of the bands songs, with few exceptions. Kōmoto has sung "Boku no Migite" while performing live concerts with other artists and Mashima has performed "Aozora" at some concerts, too.

Discography

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Singles

Studio Albums

Compilation Albums

Live Albums

Videos

Others

  • Just a Beat Show (omnibus album with other groups, May 1986)
  • The Blue Hearts King of Mix (remix album by various groups, May 25, 1994)
  • The Blue Hearts Tribute (tribute album, April 25, 2002)
  • The Blue Hearts 2002 Tribute (tribute album, August 28, 2002)
  • The Blue Hearts Super Tribute (tribute album, April 2, 2003)
  • The Blue Hearts Tribute 2005 Edition (tribute album, July 20, 2005)
  • THE BLUE HEARTS "25th Anniversary" TRIBUTE (tribute album, February 24, 2010)

References

  1. ^ In Performance; Pop: New Music Seminar. Neil Strauss, New York Times. July 23, 1994 (Accessed February 14, 2008).
  2. ^ The Blue Hearts. Tri-M, Inc. Accessed February 7, 2008. (Japanese)
  3. ^ Top 100 Japanese pops Artists - No. 19. HMV Japan. Accessed February 6, 2008. (Japanese)
  4. ^ a b c d Nippop | The Blue Hearts | Profile. Nippop. Accessed February 6, 2008.

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