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The band's most well-known lineup. From left to right: Fumi, Hiro, Kayo, and Yano.


Polysics are a Japanese New Wave band originally founded by Hiroyuki Hayashi ("Hiro") in 1997. Hiro was heavily inspired by the American band Devo as well as Japanese bands such as P-Model and Yellow Magic Orchestra. To borrow a quote from That Other Wiki: "The band has been noted for their extremely energetic live performances and their wild gimmicky outfits, notably their trademark orange boiler suits, with a simple 'P' stamped on them, and their straight-bar sunglasses."

They did the intro and ending songs for Cells at Work! CODE BLACK.

Their official band page can be found here.


  • Bullet Time: Parodied in one of the videos for "I My Me Mine."
  • Closer to Earth: Recently-retired keyboardist Kayo often came across as this, especially in comparison to Hiro's zany antics.
  • Cool Shades: The band members often wear unusual rectangular shades as seen in the page image.
  • Cover Version: They've done a half-cover of Styx's "Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto," in that they took the intro and the Japanese lyrics and made up their own music to go with it. They've also covered "My Sharona," "Wild One," "Psycho Therapy," and a few other songs in live performances (especially by Devo).
  • Engrish: Most of their English cover songs.
  • Gratuitous English: Many of their songs are peppered throughout with random English phrases and degenerate into Word Salad Lyrics, and the titles tend to go into Word Salad Title territory.
  • Hot-Blooded: Hiro comes across as this.
  • Loners Are Freaks: "DNA Junction." Maybe.
  • Rotoscoping: Their video for "Electric Surfing Go Go" uses this.
  • Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Consisting as they do of mostly Japanese, Engrish, and gibberish, many of their songs are prone to this, even to some native Japanese speakers.
    dfkhdhkhfdaljfjahfhdjksafhdajk EINSTEIN MUST DIE! - what many people heard on the first verse of New Wave Jacketnote 
  • Spelling Song: "Polysics or Die."
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Fumi and Kayo, prior to the latter leaving.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Just take a look at the lyrics for New Wave Jacket and see if you can make any sense of the mishmash of English and Japanese.
    • Word Salad Title is also present in the title of some of their songs. For example: "New Wave Jacket," and "Colecanth is Android."