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“Make Up” refers to two different bands:

1. Make Up were a band from Washington DC, consisting of Ian Svenonius on vocals, James Canty on guitar, Michelle Mae on bass, and Steve Gamboa on drums.

The band formed in 1995, with Svenonius, Canty and Gamboa having previously performed together in Nation of Ulysses and the short-lived Cupid Car Club. They combined , and self-styled ‘liberation theology’ to make a new genre they called Gospel Yeh-Yeh. They released three studio LPs, two live LPs, and a compilation of singles and B-sides. They split in 2000.

Svenonius and Mae went on to play together in Weird War. Svenonius, now a published author, is a member of Chain & The Gang and released an album under the name David Candy. James Canty is currently a guitarist for Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.

2. Make-up were a Japanese hard rock band formed by Nobuo Yamada (vocals), Hiroaki Matsuzawa (guitar), Yougo Kouno (keyboards), Yasuyoshi Ikeda (bass), and Yoshihiro Toyokawa (drums). They’re popular for many songs which accompanied the Saint Seiya anime series (especially the opening, Pegasus Fantasy).

The band now is no longer together, Nobuo and Yougo achieved major success playing with the JAM


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  • ruirutesofia

    post-punk band The Make-Up are (at least briefly) getting back together. The Washington D.C. band was something of a The Nation of Ulysees side-project composed of three of its five members (Ian Svenonius, James Canty Steve Gamboa) plus Michelle Mae and sometimes Alex Minoff. Svenonius and crew called it quits back in 2000 and ever since then Svenonius has been recording solo as David Candy and with Mae and Minoff in Weird War and James Canty has been playing guitar with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The Make-Up apparently ended things on good terms but with what seemed to be a definite finality. Svenonius told Free Williamsburg back in 2003 “It went on for five years. We had a five year plan like Stalin. It was becoming redundant”. Apparently the five year plan wasn’t enough, though, since The Make-Up will be performing at ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival this year.

    15 Jun 8:57am Reply
  • Muoczi

    Wow glad to find this band

    1 Apr 11:58am Reply
  • Nameless2311

    If you are looking for the japanese band then please go here

    28 Jan 2:28am Reply
  • arekuso

    Where is my Japanese MAKE-UP? [5]

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JDarling69

    Where is my Japanese MAKE-UP? [4]

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Akira2019

    Where is my Japanese MAKE-UP? [3]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lossless777

    one of the best live acts I've ever seen

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Punichello

    Just saw these guys at Coachella and put on a fucking show, I never thought I would see them in my lifetime... It's dat Gospel Yeh-Yeh sound.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nigeyb

    I've got Supernatural Strategies on order. Can't wait. By the by, the latest edition (44) of the always interesting Your Heart Out (google it - Last FM is rejecting my link), is on the Make Up.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Giygaszor

    In Japan, you weeaboos. Duh.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • YoshinakaYamato

    Where is my Japanese MAKE-UP? [2]

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • noiiy

    Where is my Japanese MAKE-UP?

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • pianistman1337

    Not British? ...also, would greatly appreciate if anyone knows where one could acquire live bootlegs of them! I own Afterdark and Untouchable Sound, but would LOVE to hear more live stuff!

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • BurningPower10

    The Japanese Make-Up needs to to separated from the British Make-Up right away, but I don't know how to do that.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • telephonedance

    the sassiest boy in america

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    What a sound

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • plagueship

    can anyone hook a brotha up with sound verite...?

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • rewinddude

    Ian is one of my all time favourite vocalists, unimitateable

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • sinimportancia

    Make Up =/= MAKE-UP.... correct please

    21 Jun 2012 Reply
  • thrashahollica

    Make Up is the amazing japanese 80s heavy metal / hard rock band....

    15 May 2012 Reply
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