[[caption-width-right:350:[-From left to right: Ue-chan[[note]]bassist, backing vocalist[[/note]], Daisuke-han[[note]]screaming vocalist, rapper[[/note]], Nao[[note]]drummer, vocalist[[/note]] and Ryo-kun[[note]]guitar, clean vocalist[[/note]].-] ]]

Maximum the Hormone is a Japanese band which derives influence from PunkRock, {{Funk}}, [[RockAndRoll Rock]], Pop, [[HeavyMetal Metal]], {{Anime}}, {{Manga}} and Japanese popular culture with lashings of [[AllMenArePerverts sex]].

They are not a "comedy" band, but many of their songs, like "Bikini Sports Ponchin", "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nurururerorero" and "Houchou Hasami (Cutter Knife Dosu Kiri)" have [[CrossesTheLineTwice pretty damn funny lyrics]] when contrasted with the upbeat tunes of the songs.

The band are probably best known for their songs [[ExpositoryThemeTune "What's up, people?!" and "Zetsubou Billy"]], which are the second opening and closing themes of the ''Manga/DeathNote'' anime, and are generally harder edged and less hilariously perverted than most of their songs ("A kindergartener is fine, too."). It's worth noting that they're also pretty successful in their home country, their latest album being in the top 20 best selling albums of 2013 in Japan. Not bad for a metal band.

The current members are:
* Daisuke-han (screaming vocals, rapping)
* Nao (drums, vocals)
* Ryo-kun (guitar, clean vocals)
* Ue-chan (bass, backing vocals)

Daisuke-han and Nao are founding members, but when Sugi and Key left the band in 1999, Ryo-kun and Ue-chan joined them in the same year.

Music/FaithNoMore, Music/{{Incubus}}, Music/SystemOfADown, Music/AndrewWK and the early work of Music/RedHotChiliPeppers are comparable. A more modern example to compare to is Music/{{Issues}} who also also experiment with anything and everything they can find.

!! Their music contains examples of

* AvantGardeMetal: Mash-up genres with impunity.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Somewhat inverted: the lyric "Stop, stop Winny upload" refers to the old p2p service Winny (comparable to Napster), but when asked in an interview about using such an old reference, the lead singer mentioned that he wanted to have a catchy “STOP” phrase where other stuff like “STOP NUKES” could be replaced. Knowing their self-referential humor and love of playing with expectations...
* DissonantSerenity
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "What's up, people?" and "Zetsubou Billy" are this to ''Manga/DeathNote''.
* FilkSong:
** ''"F"''. Its about ''Manga/DragonBall's'' Freeza (and was later heard by original author Creator/AkiraToriyama and inspired him to write the film ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', which [[PromotedFanboy also features the song]].)
** Done in a weird way with the song "Unbelievable! (Suwomintsu Hokereiro Mifueho)" off of ''Yoshu Fukushu''. The lyrics are about old school video gaming back in the Famicom days (mentioning how back then most gamers had to rely on passwords instead of saving), and the second half of the song name is a password from ''Konami VideoGame/WaiWaiWorld''.
* FunkMetal: Driving slap-bass taken UpToEleven just sounds like {{Funk}}, especially in the hands of their bassist.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "What's up, people?!"'s includes the repeated line, "HEY HEY! Ningen sanka ai nige ningen fuan ka?"[[note]]"Hey hey! Human paean. Do humans worry when love escapes?" The official translation is "Hey hey! A hymn to humanity. Love has gone. People, are you worried?"[[/note]] The line is pronounced almost identically to the "intended" line, "HEY HEY! NINGEN SUCKER! AH NINGEN NINGEN FUCKER!!"[[note]]Ningen is Japanese for "human"[[/note]].
** Which, ironically, is the most well known translation by Death Note fansubbers and fans.
** Subverted in the final verse, when they actually sing that line, swears and all.
* GratuitousEnglish: "Koi No Mega Lover" - just from the title you can hear this making its insidious presence felt.
** Their name itself [[IntentionalEngrishForFunny doesn't make grammatical sense either]], does it?
* HardcorePunk: Had their roots in this.
* IconicOutfit[=/=]IconicItem: Ryo's toilet sandals of VIC, which he wears almost all the time. It inspires the song ''Benjo Sandal Dance'', which is about his habit of wearing those sandals.
* IndecipherableLyrics: The screaming and the MotorMouth lyrics make it very hard to understand a word.
* JapaneseDelinquents: Mentioned in "Chu 2 The Beam" ("8th Grader Beam" in English). Mentions how grade schooler punks are known to hang around the mini amusement park areas on the rooftops of stores that are somewhat common in Japan.
* LastNoteNightmare[=/=]BigRockEnding: "What's up, people?!" explodes into a thrash metal freakout after the title is screamed. This ending even appears in full in the TV-sized edit used for ''Death Note''.
* LyricalDissonance: "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nurururerorero".
** "Koi no Sperm" is set to the catchiest, cheeriest tune one could imagine. You're guaranteed to have "Sperma... Oh, Sperma... Oh Sperma!" stuck in your head at some point.
** "My Girl" from the ''Greatest The Hits'' EP is a (mostly) upbeat Nu-metal track (with shades of 80s glam rock/metal). If you didn't know Japanese, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a light-hearted song about a relationship. [[spoiler: It's actually incredibly dirty and about how much they love pussy.]]
* MetalScream: Daisuke provides some very impressively ranged harsh vocals. Luckily for him, Ryo [[VocalTagTeam takes charge of the clean vocals]], so his larynx probably isn't ''completely'' stripped out.
* MindScrew: Most of their music videos really.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Ranges from 6 to 10, but they can go as low as 2 to as high as 11. [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly It's impossible to tell, though]]
** MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: They're all over the scale...
* MotorMouth: The lyrics are so fast, it's hard to understand anything. Sometimes you might mistake the language of the lyrics.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They combine and cross genres more-or-less when they feel like it. Few other J-rock bands have achieved the same level of GenreBusting, the notable examples being Music/DirEnGrey and Music/MeltBanana.
* NuMetal: Cite Music/{{Korn}} as an influence and mix clean, [[HarshVocals harsh]] and rapped vocals. Not your typical NuMetal band, though, it's safe to say.
* SiblingTeam: Half of them. Nao recruited her younger brother Ryo after Sugi and Key left the band.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Nao is the only female member of the band. She is also the oldest member of them and she's reaching her fourties.
* VisualKei: Invoked in the video for "Zetsubou Billy", which depicts a StylisticSuck Visual band, among other StylisticSuck takes on other music subcultures.
* VulgarHumor: Pretty much their schtick most of the time. For example, on would think their album ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusoban Kusoban]]''[[note]]Literally "Shit Number"[[/note]] and its opening track "Koi no Sweet Kuso Meriken" [[note]]"Sweet Yankee Feces of Love"[[/note]] would be a red flag for this.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Ue-chan, as depicted above, doesn't often wear a shirt.