Heath playing bass for X Japan at Madison Square Garden 2014
Hiroshi Morie, known by his stage name Heath, is best known for being the second bassist of X Japan
, replacing Taiji
in 1993, first playing in the "X Japan Returns" concerts (which, notably, were the first shows the band played as "X Japan" after the Frivolous Lawsuit
over their name was decided). Created a Broken Base
, is a common source of Flame War
s, and became The Scrappy
... even though he's by no means a bad bassist. Was actually discovered by late guitarist hide.
Went solo after X Japan
disbanded for the first time in 1997, releasing a variety of solo works and working most notably in Dope Headz with Pata
. Seems to be very close
and will often work with him in the restart of his solo career.Provides Examples Of
- Biseinen: Became probably the most infamous of the band, to the point where later on, his looks even became a point of contention for angry Taiji fans.
- Cargo Ship: HEATH X FERNANDES.
- '80s Hair: Easily competitive with any member of Mötley Crüe or the like, even in The New Tens.
- Jizzed in My Pants: Infamously so, at the Lollapalooza 2010 performance, which created the above meme.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: He has been paired with everyone in X Japan and with tons of other Visual Kei artists and Japanese heavy metal artists, never mind that in Real Life he is most likely straight.
- Painted-On Pants: One of his trademark clothing items.
- Memetic Mutation: Has spawned a few. Mr. Sexybones as a nickname and the above Cargo Ship are the most common.
- The Quiet One: Slightly averted in his 2007 and onward performances, with his being the most blatantly VK member (at least until 2010's Jade shoot), and with his 2009 contract drama, but he and Pata were and to some degree still are the most "quiet" members of X Japan.
- Rule of Drama: He had his own round of drama with a contract dispute that almost forced him out of X Japan in 2009.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: No one really knows. Heath has been the target of some drug rumors as a result of his very thin physique, but this is very arguable.
- The Sixth Ranger: Originally joined X Japan in 1993 as a replacement for Taiji Sawada.
- Those Two Guys: Heath and Pata generally qualify: they're the members of X Japan least credited and least thought of in general aside from their own fans.
- Tough Act to Follow: This is almost exactly why Heath gets considered the Replacement Scrappy, why the Broken Base exists, and why he gets a range of reactions from "meh" to outright hatred. It's not that he is a bad bassist, it is that he is an average, ordinary bassist who, in 1993, replaced a bass virtuoso.
- "You're Not My Type": He once refused a sexual offer at one of his birthday parties from Yama-B, the then-singer of Galneryus.