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Short-lived (1989-91) but influential Japanese pop group, credited (along with Pizzicato Five) as originators of the Shubiya-kei movement of the 1990s.

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  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before they cut back to just the core duo, the first album featured a five-piece line-up and several songs had Yukiko Inoue on lead vocals.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The group's creative core, Keigo Oyamada and Kenji Ozawa, both having the initials K.O., dubbed themselves The Double Knockout Corporation.
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  • Pastiche: "The Quizmaster" is a pastiche of Primal Scream, sounding like a cross between "Loaded" and "Come Together", both of which had been singles only a few months earlier.
  • Rearrange the Song: The album version of "Camera" Camera! Camera!" has synths on it, but the better-known single version drops the electronics for a jangly guitar treatment.
  • Shout-Out: Often. Their debut album Three Cheers For Our Side is named after an Orange Juice song, and their second includes a song titled "Haircut 100".
  • The "The" Title Confusion: Their first album was issued as Flipper's Guitar, their second and its associated singles as The Flipper's Guitar, then back to Flipper's Guitar for their final album. Since the addition of "The" was the result of Executive Meddling, it's generally accepted that the "correct" version is without it.
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