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Japan (1987 – present)

Spitz (スピッツ) is a rock band from Japan formed in 1987 musically influenced by artists including The Beatles and Donovan. Their début album, Spitz, was released in 1991. The group shot to fame following the release of their sixth album, Hachimitsu in 1995. Many Spitz songs were selected as theme songs for a number of TV dramas, anime, and movies in Japan, and they were also frequently adopted in TV commercials. Their 8th single, “Sora mo Toberu Hazu,” (released 1994, million-seller) has been a popular choice of music for graduation ceremonies around the country.

Donovan-influenced acoustic guitar and arpeggio-filled electric guitar characterises Spitz’s catchy, rhythmical style of music. Masamune Kusano (vocals)’s Japanese lyrics often capture the sense of innocence and youth.

The band members are: Kusano Masamune (草野マサムネ, vocals, guitars and lyrics); Miwa Tetsuya (三輪テツヤ, guitars); Tamura Akihiro(田村明浩, bass); and Sakiyama Tatsuo (崎山龍男, drums).

Kusano came up with the name of the band. He was said to be fond of words that include the ‘sp’ sound - such as “special” and “crispy”, and searched for another word with that sound in a dictionary. The name also reflects the band’s origin as a punk group - its music back then was somewhat like a Japanese Spitz dog, characterized by its loud and forceful barking.

スピッツはビートルズを始めとする音楽的なポップグループの影響を受けたグループ。デビュー作のアルバムSpitzは1991年にリリースされ、1995年にリリースされた6つ目のアルバムHachimitsuで一躍有名となった。多くの曲はアニメシリーズHoney and Cloverで使われ「空も飛べるはず」は卒業式によく使われる。



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