Music: Scandal

Rocking not only guitars but also knee socks; 2008.
All grown up; on tour in Thailand Mar 2013

SCANDAL is a Japanese girl band formed in Osaka in 2006 consisting of four students who met at a vocal/dance school. The band is named after a sex shop in Osaka which occupied the same building as a jamming studio where they practiced in their early days. Originally training to be dancers and singers, the girls took up musical instruments on recommendations from teachers. One thing led to another and...

Due to their songs being featured on the various endings of animes and videos games, the band has achieved a somewhat international fanbase and has performed at SXSW, Sakura-Con and AM 2 in the USA, Ani-com in Hong Kong and Japan Expo in France. They have also gone on very successful Asian regional tours almost every year since 2010, and have went even further in 2015 with a 10 concert world tour in 8 countries

SCANDAL are:

  • Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar)
  • Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals)
  • Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals)
  • Rina Suzuki (drums, vocals)

This band provides examples of:

  • All Drummers Are Animals - Averted with prejudice. Suzuki Rina is the youngest, girliest and arguably the cutest member of the band. Mileage does not vary. Suzuki has however, named Keith Moon as one of her favourite drummers.
  • Animated Music Video - KOSHI TANTAN
  • Anime Theme Song - Shoujo S (Bleach), Shunkan Sentimental (Fullmetal Alchemist), Koshi Tantan, Midnight Television (Loups Garous), PRIDE (Star Driver), Harukaze (Bleach), Yoake no Ryuuseigun (Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction)
  • Answer Song - Yumemiru Tsubasa is the answer song to Hillbilly Bopp's Yumemiru Korowo Sugite Mo.
  • Audience Participation Song - Occasionally during shows, Ono will let the crowd sing the last verse of SCANDAL Baby.
  • Band Toon - Had their own anime back in 2010
  • Cherry Blossoms -
    • In the song Sakura Goodbye. Before signing for a label this song was simply titled Sakura and had slightly different lyrics.
    • "Sakura no kisetsu ga kita ne." (The season of cherry blossoms has come) The first line of their song Departure.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience - Their ENCORE SHOW outfits
  • Cover Album - R Girls' Rock. A 7 track EP consisting of covers of songs by all-female and female-fronted bands.
  • Darker and Edgier - "Scandal Nanka Buttobase" had surprisingly edgy lyrics compared to some of their earlier songs and a very hard guitar opening.
    • "Roppongi Suicide" and "Rock & Roll Widow" from the R Girls' Rock EP are heavier and edgier than much of their usual music.
    • "Metronome" from their 5th album STANDARD is also relatively heavy.
    • Also from STANDARD, "Namida yo Hikare", a straight up pop punk track.
    • Rainy is also exceptionally hard hitting. It is also used for the Japanese release of the film Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The film is entitled Shadowhunter in Japan. Rainy is also significant because it is completely written and arranged by the band itself.
  • A Day in the Limelight - Rina had such treatment in their Budokan and Osaka concerts, possibly because she's always positioned behind the other members and because she had such little singing time. The Budokan concert gave her a 10 minute drum solo, while for their first Osaka concert she danced and sang along to her subunit's song Koi no Hajimari wa Diet, all by herself (Haruna's part was played from a backing track)
  • "Days of the Week" Song - "Mata chiisai koto de hekonde, From Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday to Thursday, Umaku ikanai no wa naze?" Translation:- The small things makes you give in again, From Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday to Thursday, Why can't things go smoothly?" - from "Right Here".
  • Double Entendre - Ogawa's lyrics in Houkagou 1H is ostensibly about playing or writing music after school. However, Teacher/Student Romance is quite heavily implied.
  • Face of the Band - Averted, due to all three guitarists sharing vocals they get roughly the same amount of screen time.
    • Rina tends to become this during interviews, as she answers considerably more questions compared to the others. Justified though, as she's been hidden behind the other three during every performance.
  • Fanservice - Midway in Taiyou to Kimi ga Egaku STORY's video clip. And to a lesser extent, the final few seconds of Taiyou Scandalous's PV
  • Genki Girl - Tomomi Ogawa. Enthusiastic, has boundless energy and a very offbeat sense of humor. Often provides comic relief, sometimes unintentionally.
  • Gratuitous English - Wide usage. Being Japanese and playing J-Pop/Rock, the girls are not immune to this cultural phenomenon. Unlike many of their compatriots however apart from the usual problems with pronounciation, SCANDAL's English usage is usually done correctly. One song, SCANDAL no Theme is done entirely in grammatically correct English.
  • Greatest Hits Album -
    • SCANDAL Show. However unlike a regular greatest hits album, it is not a single collection. Instead it is a collection of songs the girls themselves like hence the inclusion of non-single live standards and B-sides such as SCANDAL Baby, Switch, SCANDAL no Theme, Everybody Say Yeah etc.
    • ENCORE Show. Recently released collection of B-Sides, plus one rerecorded track and one new song. Hit No.1 on the ORICON daily charts on release day and 3rd overall on the weekly album chart. Their most successful release as of February 2013.
  • Hidden Depths - The girls dance! The girls met at a renowned vocal and dance school in Osaka and thus are trained singers and dancers. Ono and Ogawa are the best two dancers amongst the girls, Ono even appearing as a backup dancer in a movie before SCANDAL got famous. Many of their P Vs feature dancing in various quantities, most heavily in Pin Heel Surfer.
  • I Am the Band - Averted. They give each other equal time to shine and stand out such that it has become We Are The Band.
  • Idol Singer - Averted. They may occasional look, act and even sound like idols but it is in fact a "proper" band. Guitarist Mami once said, "We are a serious band."
  • Japanese Pop Music
  • Kansai Regional Accent - Ogawa and Suzuki grew up in Osaka and predictably have very strong Kansai accents. Ono and Sasazaki grew up in Nagoya and thus have a more neutral sounding Kanto accent.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair - Mami after the group ditched their school uniforms. Occasionally enters Multicolored Hair territory with her turquoise hair ends
  • Last Note Hilarity
    • Maboroshi Nights - At the end of the song, Haruna makes a kissing sound and says "THANK YOU!". Can be heard when turned up high enough.
    • Kagerou - Someone pulls out the chord from the bass amp while it's still on, causing it to buzz.
    • Cherry Jam - Tomomi and Mami break out into giggles at the very end.
  • Lead Bassist - Type B - The Singer No Body Loves The Bassist? Extremely not the case for Tomomi Ogawa. Her bubbly Genki Girl personality, her sense of humor and her attractiveness as well as talent as a lyricist ensures her place in the hearts of all SCANDAL fans. Being the second vocalist and having a unique sounding voice also ensures that no one will forget Ogawa when they see her.
  • Lighter and Softer
    • CUTE! the B-side to Pride - The song was used as a promo for Sanrio's adorable wittle plushy named ''Cinnamoroll'' therefore is suitably cute sounding.
    • Namida no Regret and one piece - The only 2 ballads released as of 2015
    • Pin Heel Surfer - Disco infused soft rock. Has caused some dissent among fans for being "too pop". The PV caused even worse backlash due to what some fans consider as "too much dancing" and "being too idol".
  • Lyrical Cold Open - Haruka. Haruna's singing begins the song.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - Ranging between 3 to 5.
  • Non-Appearing Title - SL Magic. The title does not appear in the song's lyrics. Some of their other songs are like this as well, for example Shunkan Sentimental, Houkago 1H and a few others.
  • Power Walk: In the Music Video for Shoujo S, as well as the beginning of SCANDAL Nanka Buttobase. Used in copious amounts in Pin Heel Surfer.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars - In the BEST SCANDAL photobook.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black - Used to be their signature look. In the beginning, the girls almost always wore uniforms in concerts and music videos, invoking some Fetish Fuel for the fans. With the release of their 3rd album and the coming of age of their youngest member, the uniforms/costumes then changed towards something more mature. Recently, the band has stopped wearing matching uniforms/costumes.
  • Sequel Song -
    • Playboy Pt II is obviously the sequel to the original Playboy.
    • Onegai Navigation is the sequel song to their own Awanai Tsumori Genki de ne.
  • Repurposed Pop Song - Satisfaction, released in 2011, was used as the CM song for Windows 8 in 2013.
  • Self-Titled Album - BEST SCANDAL and SCANDAL SHOW
  • Signature Song - Shunkan Sentimental, Shoujo S and HARUKAZE for anime viewers.
    • Songs they play at literally every live, like SCANDAL BABY and EVERYBODY SAY YEAH!
    • STANDARD may be considered this, as people know it as the first song completely created by them.
  • Singer Name Drop - SCANDAL Baby, SCANDAL no Theme, Taiyou SCANDALOUS.
  • Singer Songwriter - All of them are capable of writing and composing songs.
  • Song Style Shift - The ska-like break in the second verse of BEAUTEEN.
  • Spelling Song - "S-C-A-N-D-A-L!" - SCANDAL no Theme. Also, "P-L-A-Y-B-O-Y say! Playboy!" - Playboy
    • "M-A-M-I-T-O-M-O-M-I" and "D-O-B-O-N-D-O-B-O-N-D-O" in Cherry Jam, courtesy of the rap duo Dobondobondo (Mami and Tomomi).
  • Spoken Word in Music - Phone conversation in SWITCH. Also a two short conversations about dieting between Haruna and Rina in Koi no Hajimari no Diet.
  • Stage Names - Kind of. Their official names on media are their romanised first names in caps, without the family names (HARUNA, TOMOMI, MAMI, RINA)
  • Step Up to the Microphone - Tomomi and Mami got their own solo songs in their 2nd, 4th and 6th album. Now joined by Rina as well, who sang her first solo song Oyasumi from their 6th album.
  • Stop and Go - SL Magic. During live performances, the band adds a significant pause in the middle of the song.
  • Street Musician - Used to be this when they first started performing.
  • This Is Your Song - "Your Song" (Yes that is the title) is written based on ideas submitted by fans.
  • Title Track - Queens are Trumps is the title track of their 4th album, Queens are Trumps - Kirifuda wa kuin. Likewise, STANDARD is the title track to their 5th album, STANDARD
  • Train Song - SL Magic is about a magical train ride.
  • Visual Development - Compare pictures of their indie days to their most recent photos, the development over the years is outstanding.
  • Vocal Tag Team - Haruna Ono is the band's lead vocalist but bassist Tomomi and guitarist Mami sing lead vocals in large portions of many songs. In most (if not all) of their albums, there is at least one song for each guitarist to take lead in.
    • Although Rina's bio description mentions vocals, most people tend to forget Rina is part of the tag team as well, having previously taken lead vocals for one verse in Sunny Day Sunday (not helped by the fact that she doesn't really sing, so most people don't recognise her voice even if they heard her).
    • This is further driven in by the special B-Sides of the "Taiyou Scandalous" single, when the girls break up into two subgroups, and sing as duos - Almond Crush (Rina and Haruna) have the bubbly pop song Koi no Hajimari wa Diet, and Dobondobondo (Mami and Tomomi) rap in Cherry Jam.
  • Zettai Ryouiki - Seen in a lot of their "uniforms".