Pizzicato Five

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Pizzicato Five (1985-2001) was a Japanese pop group best known to audiences in the West in their later incarnation as a duo of Maki Nomiya and Yasuharu Konishi.

The group was formed in 1985 by Konishi and fellow founding bandmates Keitarō Takanami, Ryō Kamomiya, Mamiko Sasaki, and Shigeo Miyata. Miyata left the group almost immediately but the four remaining members kept the name Pizzicato Five.

Last members:
Yasuharu Konishi (1984–2001) - Songwriter, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, vocals. Yasuharu Konishi (小西 康陽 Konishi Yasuharu?, born February 3, 1959 in Sapporo, Hokkaido) was the only founding member to stay with the group until the end. He is a music producer now.
Maki Nomiya (1990–2001) - Lead vocal. Maki Nomiya (野宮 真貴 Nomiya Maki?, born March 12, 1960 in Kushiro, Hokkaido) was the third vocalist of this group. She is also a solo singer, a narrator, a fashion model and a dress designer now.

Former members
Keitarō Takanami (1984–1994) - Guitar, keyboards and vocals.
Keitarō Takanami (高浪 慶太郎 Takanami Keitarō?, born May 6, 1960 in Nagasaki, Nagasaki) was one of the founding members, and he is a guitarist and a music producer now. He changed his name to 高浪敬太郎 (Keitarō Takanami) later, and was also known as "K-taro."
Mamiko Sasaki (1984–1987) - Lead vocal. Mamiko Sasaki (佐々木 麻美子 Sasaki Mamiko?) was one of the founding members and was the first vocalist of this group.
Ryō Kamomiya (1984–1987) - Keyboards. Ryō Kamomiya (鴨宮 諒 Kamomiya Ryō?, born March 23, 1962 in Shinjuku, Tokyo) was one of the founding members, and is a composer and an arranger now.
Takao Tajima (1987–1990) - Lead vocal, guitar, harmonica. Takao Tajima (田島 貴男 Tajima Takao?, born April 24, 1966 in Ota, Tokyo) was the second vocalist of this group. He had already come out as Original Love's vocalist then. He is a solo singer and is also a music producer now.
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28AH 2161 Couples — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Couples (Album) CBS/Sony 28AH 2161 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
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28AH-5126 Bellissima! — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Bellissima! (Album) CBS/Sony 28AH-5126 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
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32DH 5279 On Her Majesty's Request — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five On Her Majesty's Request (Album) CBS/Sony 32DH 5279 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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CSCL 1149 Soft Landing On The Moon — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Soft Landing On The Moon (Album) CBS/Sony CSCL 1149 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
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TD-9098 This Year's Girl — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five This Year's Girl (Album) Seven Gods Records TD-9098 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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COCA-7558 Pizzicato Five "Hi, Guys! Let Me Teach You"(CD, Album) Seven Gods Records COCA-7558 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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TD-9130 Sweet Pizzicato Five — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Sweet Pizzicato Five (Album) Triad TD-9130 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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COJA-9072~3 Pizzicato Free Soul — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Free Soul(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Triad COJA-9072~3 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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TD-3102 Expo 2001 — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Expo 2001 Triad TD-3102 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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COCA-10837 Bossa Nova 2001 — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Bossa Nova 2001 (Album) Triad COCA-10837 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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COCA-10650 Instant Replay — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Instant Replay (Album) Triad COCA-10650 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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TD-3092 Sweet Smell Of Success 1993 (Excerpt From Pizzicato Five Sweet Smell Of Success 1993 (Excerpt From "Bossa Nova 2001" LP) (LP, Promo, Smplr) Triad TD-3092 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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COJA-9154~5 Pizzicato Free Soul 2001 — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Free Soul 2001(2xLP, Album) Triad COJA-9154~5 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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TD-3093 Groovy Summertime 1993 (Excerpt From Pizzicato Five Groovy Summertime 1993 (Excerpt From "Bossa Nova 2001" LP)(LP, Promo, Smplr) Triad TD-3093 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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COCA-10897 Souvenir 2001 — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Souvenir 2001(CD, Album, Ltd, P/Mixed) Triad COCA-10897 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
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COCA-11999 Overdose — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Overdose (Album) Triad, Columbia, Readymade Inc. COCA-11999 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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COCA-12886 Romantique 96 — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Romantique 96 (Album) Triad COCA-12886 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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SRCL 3372 A Quiet Couple — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five A Quiet Couple(CD, Album) Sony Records SRCL 3372 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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OLE 198-1 Happy End Of The World — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Happy End Of The World (Album) Matador, Capitol Records OLE 198-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
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TDJL-91367 Readymade Sampler * Excerpts From Pizzicato Five Readymade Sampler * Excerpts From "Happy End Of The World"(LP, Promo, Smplr) Readymade Records TDJL-91367 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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COCP-30054 The International Playboy & Playgirl Record — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five The International Playboy & Playgirl Record (Album) Readymade Records COCP-30054 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
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OLE 282-2 Remix Album: Happy End Of You — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Remix Album: Happy End Of You (Album) Matador OLE 282-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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COCP-50186 Pizzicato Five™ — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five™ (Album) Readymade Records COCP-50186 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
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OLE 415-1 The Fifth Release From Matador — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five The Fifth Release From Matador (Album) Matador, Readymade Records OLE 415-1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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COCP-50460 Çà Et Là Du Japon — Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five Çà Et Là Du Japon (Album) Readymade Records COCP-50460 Japan 2001 Sell This Version

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danielsan52

danielsan52

May 13, 2022
I wish they would participate in RSD releases! The originals are too expensive!
huntsquire

huntsquire

February 3, 2022
edited 8 months ago
Instant Replay should be in the compilation section as its a best-of album. "Sweet Smell Of Success 1993", "Groovy Summertime 1993", and "Readymade Sampler" should all be in the EP section as they are not full LPs, but are only samplers of their full length records.
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deep_honey

deep_honey

June 27, 2018
It surprises me that there hasn't been a P5 reissue campaign since 2006, especially considering how much vinyl has risen in popularity in recent years. Not that any new Japanese pressings would be anywhere near affordable, but one can dream...
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yalajules

yalajules

September 12, 2015
Can we trace a parallel between Pizzicato Five and Saint Etienne ?
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buburayam

buburayam

July 11, 2004
edited over 18 years ago
Huge huge band which should deserve more popularity in Western countries. I don't know how big they are in Japan? Their music is... everything! A mix of cheesy japanese pop, rock, house, sixties french pop, trip-hop, jazz... They are very productive but i haven't listen a bad song from them. Listen to it and your life will be happier :)
Anime_Gee

Anime_Gee

March 30, 2004
This is my favorite Japanese group. It's really hard to classify their style of music, but lets just say that <B>Austin Powers</B> would be a very big fan of their sound. Yeah baby! YEAH!! They have a very groovy, pop like, electronic, downtempo, psychedelic, easylistening, bossa nova, jazzy sound to their music. It's totally hip. So yeah!! Even if you don't speak Japanese, pick their stuff up! It's way too <B>COOL</B>! (^_^ )

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