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Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (1997 – present)

LOVE PSYCHEDELICO is a Japanese band, widely known in Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

The band was formed in 1997 by singer Kumi (born April 11, 1976 in Chiba Prefecture) and guitarist Naoki Sato (born July 21, 1973 in Shizuoka Prefecture), while studying at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. They signed with label Victor in 1999.

Their first album, The Greatest Hits, sold over two million copies. Their second album Love Psychedelic Orchestra, released in January 2001, sold 690,000 copies.

They have released four albums since, the last one was Golden Grapefruit, in 2007, and compilation album THIS IS LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, in June 2008, it was also their 1st US release.

Love Psychedelico also toured extensively through the club and bar circuit in the United States. Some cities include Nashville, Austin, and Kumi’s childhood home of San Francisco.

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Stylistically, Love Psychedelico is highly reminiscent of the British Invasion of the late 60s, both members having cited The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as influences, though the influence of American folk and blues are also present (Kumi having claimed Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow, and Sato Bob Dylan, as influences). To pay tribute to their influences, Love Psychedelico sometimes borrow song titles from the bands that influence them.

Kumi’s lyrics are a mix of English and Japanese, a phenomenon common to popular Japanese music, but uncommon in that significant amounts of the English lyrics are comprehensible and well-crafted, rather than simply employing a few catch phrases as so many J-pop idols tend to do.

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  • sho_Opao

    Lol are you guys kidding? Their cover is one of the best of the albums. Second only to Be My Last!

    4 Feb 1:31am Reply
  • Muxi92

    2 new best of's are on their way, and also a special edition with book and exclusive live track CD. Can't wait!

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • amorphose

    I feel they ruined 光, not with the vocals, but with the hideous country arrangement. YUCK. Butchered.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MarkPrinceGohan

    I like their cover of Hikari a lot. The production suited the song and if you want to talk about it relating to the KH series I could hear it on the radio at Destiny Islands.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • windykitt

    I actually thought that their cover was the best on the album. Brought an extremely fresh take to a song that's been flogged and whored to death over the past 13 years.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Fatal-Shadow90

    they ruined Hikki's 光 :/ they can't sing. sorry [2]

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • chocobooo

    they ruined Hikki's 光 :/ they can't sing. sorry

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Eudes_Ferreira

    Calling You <3

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ayalorius

    Great new album!!! *---*

    30 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Muxi92

    YEAH! New album is coming April 17th!!!!

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ropedancer

    Would love a new album from this talented duo in 2013 :)

    20 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Muxi92

    New Album please!

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ShinyaMimura

    Cool voice, cool cow girl!! All songs are great . Especially "Happy Birthday" is my favorite.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cassey_connors

    they're so underrated

    18 May 2012 Reply
  • mast3rjke

    ♥ (^ - ^) ♥

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • max_yildrem

    Waltz ♪ n.n♥

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • PokeBaal

    'It's You' is an amazing song. I didn't know anything about them, I think I've lost a lot of time. <3 [3]

    29 Nov 2011 Reply
  • kitkat129

    New single is nice, I just wish they tried doing something that's a bit different from their usual stuff, Abbot Kinney wasn't a very strong album in my opinion, I know they can do better.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Mijibijin

    LOVE

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • fadeawayplease

    'It's You' is an amazing song. I didn't know anything about them, I think I've lost a lot of time. <3

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
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