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Flipper's Guitar

Flipper’s Guitar were a Tokyo-based Japanese pop duo formed by Keigo Oyamada(小山田圭吾) and Kenji Ozawa(小沢健二)(nephew of famed conductor, Seiji Ozawa) in 1987. The band were influenced by the chirpy sound of British 80s popgroupslike Haircut 100, The Style Council and Aztec Camera, as well as the fashionably eclectic sounds of early 90s Britain,fromindie dance to acid jazz. The sonic experimentation of Brian Wilson was also evident in some tracks, Oyamada was latertostate that his greatest influences were “the three Bs - Beck, The Beatles and the Beach Boys”.

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Flipper’s Guitar were a Tokyo-based Japanese pop duo formed by Keigo Oyamada(小山田圭吾) and Kenji Ozawa(小沢健二)(nephew of famed conductor, Seiji Ozawa) in 1987. The band were influenced by the chirpy sound of British 80s popgroupslike Haircut 100, The Style Council and Aztec Camera, as well as the fashionably eclectic sounds of early 90s Britain,fromindie dance to acid jazz. The sonic experimentation of Brian Wilson was also evident in some tracks, Oyamada was latertostate that his greatest influences were “the three Bs - Beck, The Beatles and the Beach Boys”.

The group were an important part of the Tokyo Shibuya-kei scene in the 1990s, and Oyamada went on to produce workforPizzicato Five and his one-time partner Kahimi Karie.

The band were never shy to wear their influence on their sleeves, and their song titles often either namechecked theirAngloidols — Goodbye Our Pastels Badges, Haircut 100, Colour Field — or aped them — The Quizmaster from Doctor Head’sWorldTower treads the line between inspiration and plagiarism of Primal Scream’s “Loaded”.

Following the demise of the band in 1991 the two members pursued solo careers, Ozawa releasing the album “The DogsBarkBut The Caravan Moves On” under his own name, and Oyamada recording under the name of Cornelius. It was asCorneliusthat Oyamada gained a minor cult following outside Japan, as well as remix work for the likes of Blur, Beck, and TheManicStreet Preachers. « hide

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