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the Pillows (Japan)

Formed in Japan's northernmost province of Hokkaido at a time when most of their Tokyo contemporaries were in thrall to the sounds of Seattle, Japanese three-piece the Pillows sidestepped the loud-soft dynamic to provide a more wholesome take on the alternative rock scene, inspired by the lyrical folk-rock of Simon & Garfunkel and classic British pop, from the Beatles to the Jam. Outside of their homeland, the band is best known for its soundtrack to the anime series FLCL (pronounced "furi-kuri"). Over the course of their career, the Pillows have left a considerable stamp on the Japanese alternative rock scene, as evidenced by the release of a 2004 tribute album that saw various Japanese pop and rock luminaries pay them homage.

The Pillows debuted in 1991 with the album Moon Gold, although the band's early reputation was built upon a frenetic nationwide touring schedule that was matched only by the intensity of their performances. A burgeoning fan base was cemented with the release of the 1996 single "Strange Chameleon," which today remains a cult favorite among longtime fans of the band. For their breakthrough album Please Mr. Lost Man (1997), the Pillows signed to King Records, and the same took their live show to London.

The Pillows found a wider international audience when their songs were featured in the Gainax-produced anime FLCL, broadcast in the United States in 2000. The series followed the travails of a 12-year-old boy, Naota, who meets a guitar-wielding, Vespa-riding woman. The Pillows penned a new track, "Ride a Shooting Star," for the closing theme. In 2005 the Pillows performed in the United States for the first time at the South by Southwest music festival. Altogether they played six shows across the states, including New York and San Francisco at a Chicago anime convention that saw the group play to 4,000 people over two days. The U.S-released album My Foot followed in summer 2006 on the Geneon label, and their popularity overseas has led to tens of thousands of friends on their MySpace page. Domestically, the band switched to Avex Trax for the release of 2007's Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up! and the following year's Pied Piper. ~ David Hickey, Rovi
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Love the pillows
zakdbrown
Love the pillows. Had the whole flcl soundtrack and more but I've lost my cd's >
notgoldendar k n e s s
Pandora needs more than 4 albums of the pillows
if you want more japanese artist, info last.fm has more pillow albums, other bands like versailles, hizaki grace project, matenrou opera, etc
If you don't like this, you're f**kin crazy
Um pandora i know this band isnt your big profit band but when can you guys add more albums by them that would be nice xD
cant go to sleep without the pillows hahaha
My family is related to Ringo star from the Beatles and he has some new song I herd rummers about I never meet Ringo but I herd every song.my name is Chris Paul stairs but I do music as zen !!!!!!!!!! I am a big fan of FLCL it's mixed like comedy and humor :)
My first favorite band that created lots of memories with there song in my live.
the Pillows make you happy
I love the FLCL soundtrack and it's all cause of you! Thanks!
Un-humble opinion: I don't know if they're still together but if so they are the best band in the world. Like all great bands they have many great songs. Definitely, all the songs others have mentioned, plus Rocknroll Sinners and Last Dinosaur and Kim Deal to name only a few. The live stuff on youtube is pure rocknroll. I'd pay a lot to see them.
I love riding on a shooting star it reminds me of flcl
fooly cooly songs are awesome!!! keep it up guys
These guys have some of the best Japanese music!! Jpop/Jrock fan here!!
armsbyned
Very nice stuff. I've heard this song by them a bunch and every time I hear it I think its Broken Social Scene lol.
They bite totally
suspicious_u s e r 1 5 3
These guys are the best! I'm glad FLCL introduced me to them years ago
Ditto!!
jmansterrari a
This is one of the best Jrock band
It's alright�� rainbows IMf omg
Their the best
I love this band is awesome I really like there endings in sket dance and soundtrack in
FLCL.
This is probably how Nirvana would have sounded if they came from Japan. Love this band!!!
I got all of their cds. They totally rock!
The Brilliant Green is mine. Love them. However, I do like this song.
Advice sounds like a white stripes song written in Japanese
Blues Drive Monster is my favorite XD
ktsian, thank you for saying that for me...
rayalcaraz00 wow...... you wouldn't know good music or apparently social etiquette/ class if it came up and jump kicked you in your face. Back into the cess pit of ignorance you dwell under, big people are discussing music.
t.w.weilandx x
I love the pillows
Love this song! And "Beautiful morning with you"
Crazy sunshine in my opinion is there best song. Every time I listen to it I flash back to when it was first played in FLCL.
I saw these guys live omg amazing !! Word can't describe !!! One of my fav band
agenttompwns y o u
Jumping on the you need more albums bandwagon here. YOU REALLY DO.
Unexpectedly , I have the utmost respect for The Pillows. Ride a Shooting Star totally rocks.
Need Mighty lovers ,my foot and boat house !!!
quimiga894
My favorite song out of the FLCL OST is "Ride On Shooting Star"!!! <3 I like their other songs from the OST too.
the pillows are the whole reason i started playing guitar :D
FLCL and the pillows are pretty much the biggest influence on my artwork, storytelling , and frenetic nature. It's hard to understate the influence they've had on me.
sugoi sugoi
cool cool
different and good-i like them a lot :D
The pillows are the best, thanks pandora.
Last Dinosaur...? D:
I'd really like to see all the albums Pandora mentions in the bio, particularly Wake Up!
PLEASE get more. it is not nearly complete! at least get the track Instant Music on here
Uke is no good! But no, this really is a great band. The band (and the anime that made them famous) are both brilliant. :)
wow really how cool is that vincent! i love them!
Saw em at the Anime Convention in Chicago they talk about in the Bio.
sravyac77
Stumbled upon them. Damn good i did, this is whats been missing out in me life! More Pillows (:
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