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Music Review: Spitz

(Japanese translation below)

By Sho Ota

There are a lot of famous groups in Japan. Spitz is a popular Japanese group, known for their unique style, poetic lyrics, and melodic music that has captured the hearts of fans both inside and outside of Japan. Here is a closer look at what makes this band so special.

The group was formed in 1987 by four high school friends, Masamune Kusano, Tetsuya Miwa, Akihiro Tamura, and Tatsuya Tamura. Spitz originally started as a high school band, playing in concerts and at community events. Over time, they became a popular indie band, eventually signing a record deal with the Sony Music Entertainment Japan label.

Spitz's music is characterized by its poetic lyrics and a gentle, acoustic sound, often featuring soft guitar riffs, harmonious vocals, and a delicate rhythm section. The band is known for producing songs that evoke a sense of nostalgia, melancholy, and beauty.

With more than 30 years in the music industry, Spitz has become a major influence on Japanese pop music, and their music has become a part of the cultural heritage of Japan. Many younger Japanese artists cite Spitz as an influence and inspiration.

Spitz has released over 17 studio albums, several of which have topped the Japanese music charts. Their most successful albums include "Hibino Seseragi," "MimimemeMIMI," and "Sora mo Toberu Hazu." Their music has also been used in popular anime and film soundtracks.

Spitz has won numerous awards throughout their career, including 8 Japan Record Awards and the Gold Disc Award. The band has gained an extensive fanbase not only in Japan, but also in other countries including Taiwan, Thailand, and South Korea.


太田 翔


スピッツは、1987年に楠石政宗(くさの まさむね)、三輪哲也(みわ てつや)、田村明浩(たむら あきひろ)、田村耀司(たむら ようじ)という4人の高校の友人によって結成されました。当初は高校のバンドとして活動し、コンサートや地域のイベントで演奏していました。やがて彼らは人気のあるインディーズバンドとなり、最終的にはソニー・ミュージックエンタテインメントジャパンとの契約を結びました。







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