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Music: Pizzicato Five
A Japanese pop group active from 1986 to 2001, Pizzicato Five (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.

Partial Discography:

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, released in the US in 1999 as Playboy & Playgirl)
  • Çà et là du Japon (2001)

EPs:
  • 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)

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)

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)

The tropes of Pizzicato Five:


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alternative title(s): Pizzicato Five
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