[[caption-width-right:300:''[[CatchPhrase A new stereophonic sound spectacular.]]'']]
A Japanese pop group active from 1986 to 2001, Pizzicato Five (known in a beginning as "Pizzicato V" and often known simply by the initials P5) was best known to audiences in the West in their later incarnation as a duo of Maki Nomiya and Yasuharu Konishi. The group, widely credited (along with Flipper's Guitar) with spearheading the Shibuya-kei movement of Tokyo in the 1990s, was influenced by genres as distinct as Bossa Nova, Soul, Yé-Yé, Chanson, Funk and 60's English pop music.

[[folder:Partial Discography]]

[[folder: Albums ]]

* ''Pizzicatomania!'' (1986)
* ''Couples'' (1987)
* ''Bellissima!'' (1988)
* ''By Her Majesty's Request'' (1989)
* ''Hi Guys! Let Me Teach You'' (1991)
* ''This Year's Girl'' (1991)
* ''Sweet Pizzicato Five'' (1992)
* ''Overdose'' (1994)
* ''Romantique 96'' (1995)
* ''Happy End of the World'' (1997)
* ''The International Playboy & Playgirl Record'' (1998, [[MarketBasedTitle released in the US]] in 1999 as ''Playboy & Playgirl'')
* ''Çà et là du Japon'' (2001)


[[folder: [=E Ps= ]]
* ''Lover's Rock EP'' (1990)
* ''This Year's Model EP'' (1991)
* ''Readymade Records EP'' (1991)
* ''London-Paris-Tokyo'' (1991)
* ''A Television's Workshop EP'' (1994)
* ''Sister Freedom Tapes'' (フリーダムのピチカート・ファイヴ freedom no Pizzicato Five?) (1997)
* ''A Message Song EP'' (1996)
* ''Darlin' of Discothèque EP'' (1999)
* ''Nonstop to Tokyo EP'' (1999)
* ''A Perfect World EP'' (1999)
* ''Voyage á Tokyo EP'' (2000)


[[folder: Singles ]]

* ''Pizzicato V in "The Audrey Hepburn Complex"'' (1985)
* ''Pizzicato V in "Action"'' (1986)
* ''Sweet Soul Revue'' (1993)
* ''The Night Is Still Young - 7:00pm Tokyo'' (1993)
* ''Happy Sad'' (1994)
* ''Triste'' (1995)
* ''Twiggy Twiggy'' (1995)
* ''Baby Portable Rock'' (1996)
* ''Mon Amour Tokyo'' (1997)
* ''I Hear a Symphony'' (1997)
* ''La Règle du Jeu'' (1998)
* ''Such A Beautiful Girl Like You'' (1998)
* ''Week-End'' (1998)
* ''Playboy Playgirl'' (1998)


[[folder: Matador exclusive releases ]]

* ''Five by Five'' (1994)
* ''Made in USA'' (1994)
* ''Quickie EP'' (1995)
* ''Unzipped EP'' (1995)
* ''The Sound of Music by Pizzicato Five'' (1995)
* ''Trailer Music'' (1997)

![[CatchPhrase A new stereophonic Pizzicato Five tropes spectacular]]:

* AnythingCanBeMusic: Pizzicato Five can make songs based on ''anything'' they can conceive as a good song, no matter the genre.
* ArtifactTitle: Yes, they did have five members to begin with, but were a duo at the time of their biggest international success.
* AuthorCatchphrase: "A new stereophonic sound spectacular"
* BeehiveHairdo: Maki has one in the music video for "Happy Sad".
* BreakupBreakout: Both Nomiya and Konishi made solo careers as well other projects away from music.
* CoverVersion: Being one of the styles they managed, Pizzicato Five made a cover of the famous Bossa Nova song "The Girl from Ipanema" (the english version.)
* DanceSensation: Various of their songs, especially ''Tout va bien'' (which comes the image of the page).
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: The original 11 and a half minute version of ''Darlin' of Discotheque'' is instrumental for the first seven and a half minutes. The radio edit reduces this to about 30 seconds.
* GratuitousEnglish[=/=]GratuitousFrench: Not uncommon. Some of their early videos even credit them as "Les Pizzicato V".
** They have GratuitousSpanish too, and in a few songs like ''Nonstop to Tokyo'' or ''Loudland!'', there's [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Portuguese]].
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: ''Tout va bien'' videoclip.
* HiddenTrack: They have various ones in their albums. PlayedForLaughs in ''Playboy & Playgirl'' when the narrator says like "and now here's the bonus track as all our albums'', which is only the first theme singed with just "nanananana".
* IAmTheBand: Yasuharu Konishi, who was one of the initial members and the last one remained. Even he made a disc after splitting with Nomiya with the name of Pizzicato Five making [[CoverAlbum own versions of]] [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] [[Disney/WinnieThePooh movie]] [[Film/MaryPoppins songs]].
* IconicSongRequest: ''Twiggy Twiggy'' and ''Sweet Soul Revue''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: All what Pizzicato Five represents can be seen and listened in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paFZTJq8JoI these 6 minutes.]]
* LocationSong: A lot, especially from... [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse you know]], like ''Mon Amour Tokyo'', ''Á Tokyo'', ''Nonstop to Tokyo'', ''Tokyo's Coolest Sound'' and ''Tokyo, Mon Amour''.
** Also, songs from some other places like ''London-Paris'', ''Statue of Liberty'' and ''Roma''.
* MaleBandFemaleSinger: Most of the formations in the history of the group have a sole female as the singer, not just Maki Nomiya, also Mamiko Sasaki in the first formation in TheEighties.
* MeaningfulName: "Pizzicato" is referred to a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of a string instrument, used in various music genres, like {{jazz}}. And "Five" is because the amount of members initially were in the band (being Konishi the last of them that remained until the end of the group.)
* RearrangeTheSong: Mostly seen in concerts, in which Nomiya sung songs from old formations before her, like ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HEow7eGVy4 The Audrey Hepburn Complex]]'', all rearranged by Konishi, of course.
* RecordProducer: Yasuharu Konishi has sprinkled his magic on numerous other Japanese acts.
* RepurposedPopSong: Various of Pizzicato Five songs are most known for being used in TV advertising (not just in Japan) and even in various TV shows, being live programs as well series (again, not just in Japan.) As example, ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''[[Recap/FuturamaS4E2LeelasHomeworld Leela's Homeworld]]'' episode used P5's ''Baby Love Child''.
* {{Retraux}}: Present in some of their music, videos and artwork.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The first formation with female lead singers like Mamiko Sasaki (first formation) and Maki Nomiya, in which they were the only female in the group.
** ChromosomeCasting: In the formation with Takao Tajima as the only male singer in the history of the group, the only time all the group was male only.
* SpokenWordInMusic: Used in various songs by Maki Nomiya, usually non-singles like ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohKU9tvmCNk This Year's Girl #2]].''
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Naturally, since they happen to be ''from'' Tokyo.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: One of the formations have Yasuharu Konichi, Keitaro Takanami (other of founders of the group with Konishi) and Maki Nomiya.
* WidgetSeries
* AWildRapperAppears: In ''Á Tokyo'', there's the Japanese rapper YOU THE ROCK★