Along with Polysics, Boom Boom Satellites are one of the very first Japanese bands that I instantly fell in love with. They provide a great mix of synths, guitars, and drums for an unforgettable music experience.
This month, I’m going to be bringing you a new favorite band of mine every week. If you’ve not already heard the band, you’re in luck, it’ll be great. And if you have already heard the band, I’m sorry. Last week I shared The Pillows with you so this week you’ll be getting something a bit more electronic. This is the last week of the “John’s Favorite Japanese Bands” mini-series, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Boom Boom Satellites
Boom Boom Satellites pretty much always sings in near unintelligible English but they’re so awesome that nobody really cares. This is one of my favorite songs from them. I really like the trippy parts of the music video too. I think it’s pretty cool.
They’re an electronic music duo consisting of guitarist/vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima and bassist/programmer Masayuki Nakano. While their music can be mostly classified as big beat or nu skool breaks with heavy jazz influences, they are famous for their heavy use of electric guitars, and the final product often has a strong (punk) rock feel to it.
Not all of their songs are as upbeat and “cool” as the handful I’ve collected here. They have a lot of purely instrumental/experimental/chill songs that are still okay, they’re just not my favorites. The kind shown here in this post are my favorite kind from the band.
Since the band’s tracks are so fantastic, they often get featured in media. Everything from movies to anime feature their stuff. One of their songs was even in The Dark Night. I’m always really happy when I hear their music in unexpected places.
Apparently the band did a collaboration with Tahj Mowry and Flo Rida back in 2009. I didn’t know about this until just a few days ago. While I don’t really like this version of the song, I think it’s worth sharing because a joint effort between Boom Boom Satellites and Flo Rida is like the last thing I would ever expect.
The band has been making music since 1990 and they’re still going strong. The above track is from their latest album released earlier this year. Yup, Boom Boom Satellites has still got it. They rock.
So tell me, what do you think of Boom Boom Satellites? Since this is the last music post from me this month, which band did you enjoy most? D’espairsRay, Perfume, The Pillows, or BBS? Let me know in the comments!