[floatboxright: Related Acts - members:
* Charisma (Ami)
* Dementia (U.D.A.)
* Fake And Liar (Nori, Yoshi)
* From Hell (Nori)
* Grimm The Capsule (Yoshi)
* Guerilla (Ume)
* Rommel (Ami, U.D.A.)]

Tokyo Yankees is a Japanese [[Music/HeavyMetal speed metal, thrash metal]] and hardcore PunkRock band. Established in 1988 in Tokyo by vocalist Soichiro "Ume" Umemura, Masanori "Nori" Hashimoto, bassist Ami, and drummer Takashi "U.D.A." Udagawa, who were veterans of other Music/HeavyMetal and HardRock bands, they were part of the origin of VisualKei. Signed to Music/YoshikiHayashi's Creator/ExtasyRecords label at first, they recorded several albums and established a short but successful career before the first closing of Extasy Records to bands other than XJapan, after which they dropped in popularity and went on hiatus.

They would reunite in 2000 to do an anniversary album for former Extasy bands, and after this reunion decided to continue activities as a band. Eventually dropping most of the trappings of VisualKei for being a non-visual Music/HeavyMetal band, they proceeded to play with well known bands at lives in the Tokyo rock scene.

Unfortunately, in 2007, vocalist Ume [[AuthorExistenceFailure died as a result of ongoing health problems]]. Guitarist Nori, bassist Yoshi, and drummer U.D.A. decided to continue the band, sharing vocal duties and occasionally bringing in guest vocalists as well. The band is currently signed to 413Tracks as its label and continues to play gigs.

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Tropes present in the music, lyrics, and stage performance of TokyoYankees:

* AscendedExtra: Ume was a roadie for Yoshiki of Music/XJapan, both before and after his own band launched.
* AtomicFBomb: "Hollywood Heartbreaker" is a straight example, with the AtomicFBomb launched in the lyrics. "Japanese Motherfucker" is a subversion: the title is the only F-bomb of any sort in the song.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Let's Get Crazy" is a straight example. In a combination of the band variety of this + CoverVersion, "Ace Of Spades" by Music/{{Motorhead}} at the 1991 Extasy Summit, members from other bands participated - including [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] and [[TomoakiIshizuka Pata]] on guitars.
* AxCrazy: "I Hate You!," "Serial Killer," "Freak Out," and "Ghostrider" would all likely apply...
* {{Bishonen}}: Look at their photos and videos from 1991. They definitely met the standard...
* CarefulWithThatAxe: UME. He was actually the first VisualKei vocalist to have the ability to hit the ranges and notes that he did'' alongside'' the capacity for HarshVocals. The combination of a voice that could sound gritty and harsh *while* hitting very loud and high ranges created this effect many years before the vocalist most known for it came along.
* CoverVersion: [[Music/{{Motorhead}} "Ace Of Spades,"]] (featuring [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide]] on guitar). [[Music/{{Warrant}} "Drugstore Cowboy,"]], [[Music/{{Anthrax}} "Lone Justice"]], [[Music/{{Venom}} "Black Metal,"]] [[Music/BlackSabbath "Children of the Grave,"]] [[Music/PublicImageLtd "(This Is Not A) Love Song."]]
* GratuitousEnglish: Sometimes done unintentionally, other times done for effect.
* HarshVocals: Ume was one of the first VisualKei vocalists to marry HarshVocals and varied range.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Until the mid 90s, all of the band, but especially Ume. His hair was in competition with hide's and Toshi's for most OTT Visual Shock hair of the late 80s and early 90s.
* JapaneseDelinquents: Their name itself is even a ShoutOut to ''yankii.''
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Ume.
* MetalScream: Ume, though Nori and Yoshi can do it somewhat
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 7 to 10.
* VisualKei: They were part of the TropeCodifiers for Visual Shock/Veteran Kei and went post-Visual after Ume's death. Unlike many post-visual acts, they didn't soften and mainstream their sound - instead they became a straight up "loud noise metal rock band," which was their original sound - just without the Visual Shock look.
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Tropes present in interviews, official media, and admitted offstage activities of TokyoYankees:
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Ume.
* BarBrawl: Ume's most famous quote: "I may have not sold a million records, but I've never lost a fight!"
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