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(1995 – 2005)

POTSHOT was formed in 1995 by vocalist and songwriter Ryoji Ariga. The band aims to play melodious, and sing-along ska punk with horns. They released their debut album POTS AND SHOTS in 1997 in both Japan and the U.S. on Asian Man Records, owned by Mike Park (The Chinkees, ex Skankin’ Pickle). Ryoji started his own label TV-FREAK RECORDS. Their sophomore album Rock ’n’ Roll was released in 1998 and their 3rd album POTSHOT ‘Til I Die in 1999 ( the Asian Man Records version was released in October 2000).

In March 2000 POTSHOT participated in the Plea for Peace Tour in Japan with The Chinkees and MU330. Promoting the ideas of peace through the power of music, the tour was a big success. Afterward POTSHOT had their first mini tour in the U.S.

The band split in 2005.

There is also another Potshot. Video game music remixer Sam Allen, who uses this alias for the OverClocked ReMix community.


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  • zirkore

    the best _!!! [2]

    20 Jan 1:24am Reply
  • S1D1991

    Greetings from Ukraine)

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • zirkore

    the best _!!!

    13 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Gorefan82

    Potshot is one of my ALL time favorite bands, hands down.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Jaybob404

    Recently got their Freedom and Responsibility 7"... bought at random and had no idea I would find such a gem!

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ElTigreNegro

    Just started to listen to these guys. Not bad at all.

    25 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TheOnlyRoc

    Were they actually ska punk or one of those pop-punk with a horn bands? I've only heard one song.

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • SkaMuffin

    I've been listening to Potshot,Redemption 97, and Kemuri lately... A lot of the songs I don't understand at all but they all sound great and make me feel good :D There is a lot of good J-Ska Redemption 97 is by far my favorite J-Ska group !

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
  • bsure13

    Actually it's not that difficult to get some of their stuff. Get them from for $8 each. That's where i got all of mine

    18 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Pixelsaur

    Agh 7th grade memories.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • splinterinmyear

    picked up their album rock n roll today for .50yen......... i feel like a criminal

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • pricey123

    whats that song with the woahs in? :p lol prize of game is my favourite track of theirs

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • treadlightly13

    potshot are quality seen them in the studio in hartlepool years ago, very entertaining

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • vasoliment

    oh oh ohohoh...!

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • submariner416

    tokyo's got a ska punk band! LOVE IT

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • DanielIwace

    Great punk ska band. I bought the CD in japan, enjoyed a lot.

    20 Jun 2009 Reply
  • xmeaningsx

    Since Yesterday is a cover?

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ilovemypork

    I wish there were more songs. Other Side and Good Side and Bad Side are great.

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • veganwarcry

    Yeah, I was totally into these guys in middle school- freshman year.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
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