The Seatbelts were a band formed and fronted by YokoKanno for the purpose of recording the ''CowboyBebop'' soundtrack. They were less of a "band" in the strict sense of the term, and rather a DreamTeam of musicians assembled specifically for the project (much like ThisMortalCoil or {{UNKLE}}).

The musicians of The Seatbelts were recruited from Japan, New York and Paris, not including guest vocalists. If you want a full list, it's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seatbelts#Musicians_of_The_Seatbelts over here]], courtesy TheOtherWiki. Notable musicians that contributed to The Seatbelts include: current Music/NewYorkDolls guitarist Steve Conte, jazz drummers Bill Stewart and Al Foster (Music/MilesDavis), Return To Forever bassist Stanley Clarke, and saxophonist Gary Bartz (Music/MilesDavis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach).

The band's style is pretty much textbook NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly, ranging from all sorts of {{Jazz}} to {{Blues}}, BluesRock, [=Country=], straightforward RockAndRoll and Music/HeavyMetal, {{Funk}}, ElectronicMusic, {{Pop}}, pounding {{Techno}} and ballads. The main distinctive trait of their material is its [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome total awesomeness]]. A large majority of it is made up of Musi{{Instrumentals}}, but there are more than a few tunes with vocals performed by guest vocalists - the most frequent used of these being Steve Conte and Mai Yamane.

The Seatbelts basically disbanded once the ''CowboyBebop'' franchise ended, but some members have gone on to work with Kanno or each other on other projects.

Discography:
* ''Cowboy Bebop'' (1998)
* ''Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless'' (1998)
* ''Cowboy Bebop No Disc'' (1998)
* ''Cowboy Bebop Blue'' (1999)
* ''Ask DNA'' (2001)
* ''Future Blues'' (2001) - soundtrack to TheMovie
* ''Cowgirl Ed'' (2001) - limited edition single packaged with ''Future Blues''
* ''Future Blues'' DVD (2001) - live recording
* ''Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set'' (2002) - combines previously released songs, new songs and live recordings
* ''Cowboy Bebop [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Tank! THE! BEST!]]'' (2004) - GreatestHitsAlbum

!Tropes:

* CommonTime: Averted in some songs like "7minutes".
* DreamTeam
* {{Engrish}}: The text on the back of the ''Cowboy Bebop'' CD swerves between this and SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.
* GenreRoulette
* {{Instrumentals}}: Many of their songs.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* PowerBallad: "Blue" (arguably), "Call Me Call Me", "No Reply".
* SingingSimlish: "Green Bird", "Powder", parts of "Blue".
* StopAndGo: "What Planet Is This?!" seems to grind to a halt around the 3 minute mark, but then it re-starts with another solo and repetition of the main theme.
** "7minutes" does the same, pausing right before the 5:15 mark before jumping into the loud chorus.
* WordSaladLyrics
* {{Word Salad Title}}s