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1) SPEED is a female group consisting of four members: hiro (Hiroko Shimabukuro), 今井絵理子 (Eriko Imai, also known as elly), 上原多香子 (Takako Uehara), and 仁絵 (Hitoe Arakaki.) When the group formed they scored the record for the lowest average age for a group (13 and a half years old) which was later broken by several younger groups in the early 00's. SPEED's two primary vocalists are hiro and 今井絵理子.

Since their debut in 1996 with the single "Body & Soul", they have won multiple Japan Gold Disk Awards such as New Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.

The group disbanded in early 2000, much to the displeasure of their fans, with each of the members pursuing solo projects (most notably hiro). Speed did reunite temporarily in 2001 to release "One More Dream" and in 2003 to release new works as part of the "Save the Children" charity project.

On August 20, 2008 SPEED reunited after a 8 year hiatus. Their 1st appearance after 5 years was on the 24 hour charity program on August 31, 2008.

2) Speed was a short-lived band headed by "Bruce Bruce" (Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden fame) with Steve Adams (guitar), Paul White (bass), Gary Edwards (keyboards) and Jeff Moody (drums) . The single "Man in the Street" was posthumously released after Dickinson left the band in 1980.

3) Speed is an Irish Heavy Metal band who appeared on the Green Metal: New Wave Of Irish heavy Metal compilation from 1985 with the song "A Real Live Wire"

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