Pizzicato Five

Pizzicato Five

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.

Pizzicato Five Discography


28AH 2161 Pizzicato Five Couples (Album) CBS/Sony 28AH 2161 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AH-5126 Pizzicato Five Bellissima! CBS/Sony 28AH-5126 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32DH 5279 Pizzicato Five On Her Majesty's Request (Album) CBS/Sony 32DH 5279 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
CSCL 1149 Pizzicato Five Soft Landing On The Moon (Album) CBS/Sony CSCL 1149 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
TD-9098 Pizzicato Five This Year's Girl (Album) Seven Gods Records TD-9098 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
COCA-7558 Pizzicato Five "Hi, Guys! Let Me Teach You"(CD, Album) Seven Gods Records COCA-7558 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
TD-9130 Pizzicato Five Sweet Pizzicato Five (Album) Triad TD-9130 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
COJA-9072~3 Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Free Soul(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Triad COJA-9072~3 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
TD-3102 Pizzicato Five Expo 2001 Triad TD-3102 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
TD-3092 Pizzicato Five Bossa Nova 2001 (Album) Triad TD-3092 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
COJA-9154~5 Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Free Soul 2001(2xLP, Album) Triad COJA-9154~5 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
COCA-10650 Pizzicato Five Instant Replay(CD, Album) Triad COCA-10650 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
TDJL-91037 Pizzicato Five Overdose (Album) Triad, Columbia, Readymade Inc. TDJL-91037 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
COCA-12886 Pizzicato Five Romantique 96 (Album) Triad COCA-12886 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
OLE 198-1 Pizzicato Five Happy End Of The World (Album) Readymade Records OLE 198-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
OLE 282-2 Pizzicato Five Remix Album: Happy End Of You (Album) Matador OLE 282-2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
COCP-30054 Pizzicato Five The International Playboy & Playgirl Record (Album) Readymade Records COCP-30054 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
COCP-50186 Pizzicato Five Pizzicato Five TM (Album) Readymade Records COCP-50186 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
OLE 415-1 Pizzicato Five The Fifth Release From Matador (Album) Matador OLE 415-1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
HTJA-50490 Pizzicato Five Çà Et Là Du Japon Readymade Records HTJA-50490 Japan 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

12NS-1003 Pizzicato Five Pizzicato V In The Audrey Hepburn Complex Non-Standard 12NS-1003 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
S Pizzicato V* From Party To Party(Flexi, 7", Promo, S/Sided) Non-Standard S Japan 1985 Sell This Version
12NS-1007 Pizzicato V* Pizzicato V In Action (Single) Non-Standard 12NS-1007 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
CSDL 3131 Pizzicato Five Lover's Rock(CD, Mini) CBS/Sony CSDL 3131 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
FEI 9123 Pizzicato Five 12X5 This Year's Artform(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Not On Label FEI 9123 Japan 1991 Sell This Version

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


July 11, 2004
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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 :)


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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