Melt-Banana

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Melt-Banana is a band from Tokyo, Japan. They were formed around 1991/1992 by singer Yasuko Onuki. They run their own A-Zap Records label.
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Albums

IGTD-021 Raw Egg Till Morning — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Raw Egg Till Morning(Cass) Iguana Coax IGTD-021 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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NUX-D 9 Speak Squeak Creak — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Speak Squeak Creak (Album) Nux Organization NUX-D 9 US 1994 Sell This Version
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CHOC-030 Cactuses Come In The Flocks — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Cactuses Come In The Flocks (Album) Chocolate Monk CHOC-030 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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gmcd*016 Chipfarm — Melt-Banana Chipfarm = Optical-8* + Melt Banana* + Elliot Sharp* + Zeena Parkins Chipfarm = Optical-8* + Melt Banana* + Elliot Sharp* + Zeena Parkins - Chipfarm(CD, Album) God Mountain gmcd*016 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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MECI-25041 Scratch Or Stitch — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Scratch Or Stitch (Album) Skin Graft Records, Nux Organization MECI-25041 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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AZLP-0001 Charlie — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Charlie (Album) A-Zap Records AZLP-0001 US 1998 Sell This Version
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TZ 7219 MxBx 1998/13000 Miles At Light Velocity — Melt-Banana Melt Banana* MxBx 1998/13000 Miles At Light Velocity (Album) Tzadik TZ 7219 US 1999 Sell This Version
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AZCD-0003 Teeny Shiny — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Teeny Shiny (Album) A-Zap Records AZCD-0003 US 2000 Sell This Version
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AZLP-0005 Cell-Scape — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Cell-Scape (Album) A-Zap Records AZLP-0005 US 2003 Sell This Version
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AZCD-0007 Bambi's Dilemma — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Bambi's Dilemma (Album) A-Zap Records AZCD-0007 US 2007 Sell This Version
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AZCD-0008 Melt-Banana Lite Live: ver.0.0 — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Lite Live: ver.0.0(CD, Album) A-Zap Records AZCD-0008 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
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AZLP-0009 Fetch — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Fetch (Album) A-Zap Records AZLP-0009 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

IGTS-301 1993 Demo — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana 1993 Demo(Cass, S/Sided, EP) Iguana Coax IGTS-301 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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CHS-5 Hedgehog — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Hedgehog(7", EP) Charnel Music CHS-5 US 1994 Sell This Version
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HG-024 Melt-Banana / God Is My Co-Pilot — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / God Is My Co-Pilot Melt-Banana / God Is My Co-Pilot - Melt-Banana / God Is My Co-Pilot(7", Ltd) HG Fact HG-024 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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GR24, NUX-EP01 It's In The Pillcase — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana It's In The Pillcase (EP) Skin Graft Records, Nux Organization GR24, NUX-EP01 US 1995 Sell This Version
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HG-042 Melt-Banana / Discordance Axis — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Discordance Axis Melt-Banana / Discordance Axis - Melt-Banana / Discordance Axis(7", Ltd) HG Fact HG-042 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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AM-16 Split — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Pencilneck Melt-Banana / Pencilneck - Split(7") Anti-Music Records AM-16 US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Split E.P. — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Target Shoppers Melt-Banana / Target Shoppers - Split E.P.(7", EP, Blu) Destroy All Music, Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 1996 Sell This Version
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gg703 Melt-Banana — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Melt-Banana(7", EP, Ltd, Num) Gentle Giant Records gg703 US 1996 Sell This Version
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some 03 Melt-Banana / Stilluppsteypa — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Stilluppsteypa Melt-Banana / Stilluppsteypa - Melt-Banana / Stilluppsteypa(10") Something Weird some 03 Iceland 1996 Sell This Version
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#39 Eleventh — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana Eleventh Slap A Ham Records #39 US 1997 Sell This Version
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CT-008 Melt-Banana / Xerobot — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Xerobot Melt-Banana / Xerobot - Melt-Banana / Xerobot(5", EP) Coat-Tail Records CT-008 US 1997 Sell This Version
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POP 7.001, RR14 Most Wanted World Wide sp — Melt-Banana Melt-Banana / Killout Trash Melt-Banana / Killout Trash - Most Wanted World Wide sp(7", Ltd) kool.POP, Rødel Records POP 7.001, RR14 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
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none Y-Axis / Aquatic Bee / Gargoyles — Melt-Banana Melt Banana* / Plainfield Melt Banana* / Plainfield - Y-Axis / Aquatic Bee / Gargoyles(7", Ltd, Num, Red) Smelly Records none US 1997 Sell This Version

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sinister-acoustics

sinister-acoustics

February 13, 2022
edited 12 months ago
Everytime I listen to this music I get a big smile on my face.
Melt Banana is simply awesome!
glowworm1

glowworm1

October 8, 2019
My review of this incomparable, extraordinary, astonishing band???? Quite simply the Greatest band in this or any other Universe!!!! From the very first time I heard them on where else but John Peel, they blew me away...a blistering, savage, unrelenting aural assault on the senses, that leaves you in billions of fragments, as though you were being flung into a black hole...live they are even more visceral, truly obliterating you with relentless shards of sonic terror. Be it a 10 second blitz, or their longer tracks, the sheer heart attack energy will shatter you into your component parts, before splitting the parts into quarks...all their albums are awesome, with Cell-Scape possibly their masterpiece. Truly unlike any other band out there...
kamikaze_deadboy

kamikaze_deadboy

April 7, 2014
edited over 9 years ago
no reviews?! I will start off by saying MxBX are a very unique and sometimes uneasy listening band, you can either love or hate MxBx (i personally love them). Once described by Kerrang! magazine as "been trapped in a elevator with slayer and a three ring circus" (in a good way) MxBx's sound is heavily spearheaded by Agata's mighty guitar effects, Yasuko's occasional yelping lyrics, speedy grindcore-esque breakblast drums and (now formely) jazzy rough bass provided by Rika.

the lyrics are often silly and amusing nonsensical about animals and things that all rhyme together, but this is just another facet of the MxBx sound. beginners might instantly turn off if they hear the early melt banana sound from 1994-1995, but after teeny shiny and onwards their music actually became listenable, and enjoyable/sometimes confusing to introduce some of my more "extreme" metal friends.

If you are keen though i suggest picking up Cell Scape as a starter album (as i did, and never looked back) and then work your way backwards to see which era you prefer, as albums like Scratch Or Stitch may test your patience in listening. Also be sure to check some of their cover song work, as they totally ripped songs like the beach boy's surfin' USA into a whole new level of groove.
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