Pizzicato Five break up
March 27, 2001 2:10 PM   Subscribe

Pizzicato Five break up after seventeen years of innovative Japanese art-pop and all-around good music. Read their biography at AMG, or watch them perform live.
posted by waxpancake (29 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Y'know, its about two years after I first heard one of their songs, and it's still stuck in my head.
posted by rschram at 2:14 PM on March 27, 2001

Well, I'm depressed.
posted by holloway at 2:24 PM on March 27, 2001

Damn. There's only one other band whose demise would bum me out more than this.
posted by Dreama at 2:27 PM on March 27, 2001

And who's that?
posted by waxpancake at 2:37 PM on March 27, 2001

definately a band worth checking out for those who haven't heard them...and some of their cd's come with official membership cards.
posted by th3ph17 at 3:09 PM on March 27, 2001

First Ben Folds Five, now P5... this year sucks in the I-hope-my-favorite-bands-don't-break-up category.
posted by toddshot at 3:33 PM on March 27, 2001

this is awful. just awful. thiey are one of the few bands that makes the work day worthwhile.
posted by bison at 3:33 PM on March 27, 2001

Todd, perhaps if you cultivated non-Five bands, you'd have better luck.

(Don't hurt me.)

Must say, P5 never rang my bell, but a lot of friends love them, and I know how much it sucks to see your favorites swirl down the tubes, so this obviously is a downer.
posted by Skot at 3:45 PM on March 27, 2001

what the hell? Ben Folds Five broke up?

And this P5 news is definitely saddening, it's been my favorite work music as of late.
posted by mathowie at 3:56 PM on March 27, 2001

You know, Skot, I realized that right after I posted. Perhaps it means something.... Nah. Probably not.

I think they were the only Fives I was into. Maybe the trend will move on to Sixes now! Oh please... Eve 6...

And Matt, I guess you just have to hold on to the same thought I did when BFF split. At least we still have all of the great music they already released.
posted by toddshot at 4:21 PM on March 27, 2001

So, for someone who hasn't heard this band before, which album is the best?
posted by crunchland at 4:26 PM on March 27, 2001

I've long had the "all my favorite bands break up" curse. I've considered doing the world a favor and becoming a Creed fan, but I don't know if I could withstand the pain.

The one thing that (sort of) cheers me up about all my favorite bands breaking up, is that they all went out before they started to suck. Quit while they were ahead, or right at the onset of suckage.

It's still a bummer, though.
posted by smeat at 5:25 PM on March 27, 2001

I'm sure we can get a Make Smeat A Creed Fan Amazon pay page goin' posthaste, if that helps any. I know I'd chip in a dollar. :-)
posted by youhas at 6:38 PM on March 27, 2001

Ben Folds Five actually broke up last Halloween. Here are a couple articles about the split from ABC News and MTV.
posted by waxpancake at 6:45 PM on March 27, 2001

damn. the last time this happened to my popworld was when lush broke up...and i didn't get to see pizzicato in concert either. damn damn damn.
posted by patricking at 7:57 PM on March 27, 2001

A pity. But look at it this way: at least the one-man Fantastic Plastic Machine is still around.
posted by ed at 8:42 PM on March 27, 2001

Hey, c'mon now kittens. All things must end. That's what makes life worthwhile. Haven't any of you read Death: the high cost of living?
Anyway. Who are these people and does anyone know where I might be able to download a sample MP3?
posted by davidgentle at 8:48 PM on March 27, 2001

There's a sample MP3 (download 4.45MB) on their homepage at Matador Records.
posted by waxpancake at 9:35 PM on March 27, 2001

For those that liked Pizzicato Five, check out Cibo Matto. They make some great uncategorizable music.
posted by Neb at 9:38 PM on March 27, 2001

Cibo Matto was actually what got me started listening to Pizzicato Five. One of those "if you liked x, you'll like y" deals on amazon or cdnow or someplace. Mmm. I love Cibo Matto.

As for Pizzicato Five, well... they're one of the groups my friends would tease me about because I had a CD in my car. It got to be a game, seeing what I could get my "I love loud screeching electric guitars*" friend to groan at. "Collision and Improvisation" was a favorite for that.

* I like loud screeching electric guitars, too. They're just not a requirement.
posted by billybunny at 10:19 PM on March 27, 2001

there was something so sweet about the fantasy of recording a song over the phone with a devoted fan. that was the moment i decided irony was truly dead as a cultural motivator. anyone else remember that track?
posted by patricking at 10:54 PM on March 27, 2001

And if you'd like to sample Cibo Matto and Pizzicato Five, but don't want to spring for a whole CD of either before you pass judgment, pick up the soundtrack to Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy. Also has awesome tunes from They Might Be Giants, Liz Phair, Matthew Sweet, Guided By Voices, etc etc, as well as great dialogue from the film.
posted by toddshot at 11:40 PM on March 27, 2001

The Brain Candy disc is just a great intro to a bunch of Matador bands. I gave quite a few of those out the x-mas following it's release. A little evangelising. The only p5 album I have is 'the sound of music'. Which I'd definatley recommend if you're into bands like stereolab...
posted by Rockames at 6:15 AM on March 28, 2001

Any album that combines Matthew Sweet and Kids in the Hall must be worth getting. Thanks, todd. I didn't need enough discs already....

The only P5 song I'd ever heard was "Twiggy Twiggy", and it wasn't quite my cup of tea, but it looks like they've had a wonderful impact during their career. So, to them I say, be excellent to each other.
posted by hijinx at 6:26 AM on March 28, 2001

like matt, i just discovered that ben folds five broke up the other day.

and now P5. how sad.

(i guess i should come up from under this rock more often.)
posted by christine at 12:18 PM on March 28, 2001

oh, to be able to copy edit my posts. that should, of course, read:

"like matt, i just discovered the other day that ben folds five broke up."

saint etienne is good music-to-work-by, too.
posted by christine at 12:20 PM on March 28, 2001

Whatever else happens, Pizzicato Five made their point: there is such a thing as good Japanese pop music.
posted by Loudmax at 1:45 PM on March 28, 2001

I sure hope Folds is working on another "Fear of Pop" album. I really dug his first one, which featured William Shatner guesting on vocals on one track. And doing a damn fine job of it, too. Seriously.
posted by kindall at 4:26 PM on March 28, 2001

I know that Folds is going to be doing some solo work (as is Darren Jessee). One can only assume it'll be Fear Of Pop-ish. One can only hope there'll be another track to rival "In Love".

As far as good Japanese pop, also check out Spoozys. Click the "Hear" button at that site for a sample of their "Astral Astronauts" track, which dominated my MP3 playlist for a good six months.
posted by toddshot at 5:58 PM on March 28, 2001

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