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JUDY AND MARY

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Japan (1992 – 2001)

JUDY AND MARY were a Japanese multi-genre band known for their innovative punk, rock, and pop meldings of noisy but melodic music in the 1990’s. They formed in 1992 when bassist Yoshihito Onda (jp: 恩田快人) met vocalist Yuki Isoya (磯谷有希) in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Much later drummer Kohta Igarashi(五十嵐公太) and guitarist Takuya Asanuma (浅沼拓也) were added to round out the group.

In 1992 they released their first indie album, Be Ambitious, with an accompanying video on Chainsaw Records. They were picked up by Epic/Sony Records and released their first major label single, Power of Love in 1993. Their first debut major label album, J.A.M, was released in 1994. With each release they grew in popularity until they became one of the most popular and well-known bands in Japan.

In all, they released seven albums, three compilation albums and twenty-two singles. JUDY AND MARY broke up in 2001 following the WARP Tour Final held at the Tokyo Dome, where fans bid them a tearful farewell.

Yuki is now enjoying a successful solo career, under the name YUKI. Takuya is also currently a solo artist. Onda has joined a new band called the Hot Rod Crue.
A well known song is Sobakasu, from the opening of Rurouni Kenshin anime.

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