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There are 2 bands with this name:
1. An alternative rock band from Japan
2. An alternative rock band from Slovakia
for the female duo from the United States, please see pillows

1. the pillows (ザ・ピロウズ) are an band from Hokkaidō, Japan, best known outside Japan for their contributions to the soundtrack of the anime series FLCL (Fooly Cooly).
They consist of 山中さわお (Sawao Yamanaka) -vocals & guitar-, 真鍋吉明 (Yoshiaki Manabe) -guitar-, 佐藤シンイチロウ (Shinichiro Sato) -drums-.

The band officially formed on September 16, 1989 as a four-man group. The fourth man and original bassist, 上田ケンジ (Kenji Ueda), left the band in 1992 to become a music producer and do solo work. Since then, 鹿島達也 (Tatsuya Kashima) and later 鈴木淳 (Jun Suzuki) have taken his place as supporting bassists. Neither Kashima nor Suzuki have been named official members out of respect for Ueda.

The band name is intentionally left without any capitalization.

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2. An band The Pillows from High Tatras, Slovakia.


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  • littlebuster101

    I'm not gonna lie I started listening to the pillows becsuse of flcl but I think there a great band. I really like there album kook spice. I really wish I could go to one of their concerts one day. Hopefully

    13 Nov 1:13am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Western fans frequently just associate them with FLCL, but go to one of their concerts in Japan and you'll see a whole load of people that often don't even know what that is and just love them because they're THE PILLOWS

    11 Nov 4:48am Reply
  • a_spaceman

    Haha, "the FLCL era". But I agree, whatever you wanna call it, late '90s pillows is the best for me too

    1 Nov 12:56pm Reply
  • HopeFailsLM

    It's OK. But I still haven't been really impressed by anything since the FLCL era.

    28 Oct 9:51pm Reply
  • a_spaceman

    What are you guys thinking of the new album?

    24 Oct 10:40am Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi! listen and download my new albums here: atmospheric metal, experimental

    29 Sep 9:35am Reply
  • Merzbow666

    Only it doesn't suck. [4]

    28 Sep 11:34pm Reply
  • CountingHours

    Only it doesn't suck. [3]

    19 Sep 3:31pm Reply
  • DonConker

    Future is amazing. It's a shame it isn't actually a new song, I'd love it if they went back to that sound.

    9 Sep 2:26am Reply
  • BrainOfJesse

    About A Rock'n'Roll Band <3 since Horn Again they've released great material

    22 Aug 3:17am Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    need more songs like LAST DINOSAUR ie catchy and fuzzy help me out yall

    25 Jun 12:51am Reply
  • Nakkinak

    Only it doesn't suck. [2]

    29 May 1:27pm Reply
  • pistolCAFE

    The new FUTURE single has reminded me why I loved them in the first place! And also brought back a bit of nostalgia about when I started listening to Japanese music about 10 years ago!

    9 May 7:06pm Reply
  • KingFahtah

    Only it doesn't suck.

    6 May 6:55pm Reply
  • omgwhatdapro

    Reminds me britpop

    26 Apr 8:20pm Reply
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  • Karaouq16

    love them

    14 Mar 11:21pm Reply
  • johannez1

    Listening to them always makes me happy. And god, their music works so well in FLCL, it makes the series even more awesome, which says a whole lot.

    4 Mar 7:02pm Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    v same here, I think a lot of people share the same kind of warm memories with this band towards their mid-90s FLCL OSTs era

    25 Feb 12:40am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    this band was middle school for me

    24 Feb 3:41am Reply
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