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The Sadistic Mika Band is a popular Japanese hard rock - glam rock group formed in 1972. Its name is a parody of the “Plastic Ono Band”. Produced by Masatoshi Hashiba on EMI Toshiba Records, the band were led by the husband and wife team of guitarist Kazuhiko Kato, and his wife, singer (Sadistic) Mika. The word “sadistic” is reported to be inspired by the way Mika used kitchen knives.

The original lineup of the band included Kato, Mika, drummer Hiro Tsunoda, and lead guitarist Masayoshi Takanaka. This lineup recorded the single ‘Cycling Boogie’ in 1973. Subsequently Tsunoda left the band, to be replaced by Yukihiro Takahashi, and bassist Rei (Ray) Ohara joined the band. This lineup completed the band’s first, self-titled, album. This album was released on the Harvest label in the United Kingdom.

Their second album Kurobune (literally ‘Black Ship(s)’) was recorded in England, produced by Chris Thomas. Thomas also introduced Mika to Badfinger while he produced their 1974 masterpiece Wish You Were Here, her vocals can be heard on the track ‘Know One Knows’ (translating Pete Ham’s lyrics to Japanese. Keyboardist Yu Imai who had worked as a supporting musician on the first album was promoted to full member status. The album sold well in Japan. In the United Kingdom, where the album was released on Harvest records, the album sold poorly, but received high praise from critics.

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