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    The Pillows

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    1My Foot [2006]
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    7Good Dreams [2004]
    8Penalty Life [2003]
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    The Pillows (sometimes typeset as "the pillows" to fit the band's logo) are a long-running Japanese rock band, best known internationally for the soundtracks of the anime series FLCL.
    The Pillows formed in 1989 when Sawao Yamanaka struck up an unlikely friendship with one half of the legendary Japanese punk band Kenji & the Trips. Bassist Kenji Ueda, short-lived replacement of the original Kenji & The Trips bassist Jun Gray and original Kenji & Trips drummer Shinichiro Sato teamed up with guitarist Yoshiaki Manabe of the hair metal band Persia.
    In 1990, The Pillows left Captain Records and took a contract with the major label Pony Canyon. 1991 saw the release of their first full album, Moon Gold, produced by Ryomei Shirai of the long running Japanese synth pop band Moon Riders. In 1992, The Pillows visited England to record their second full-length album, White Incarnation, and filmed the promotional video for their second single, as well. However, shortly after the album's completion, Kenji Ueda left the band, likely over creative differences. Ueda was succeeded by the musically versatile and seasoned studio musician Tatsuya Kashima in 1993. The extremely rare Special CD, released only to The Pillows fanclub, contained their first recordings with Kashima.

    In 1994 the band once again moved, this time to King Records, and released Kool Spice. With Ueda no longer in the band to combat Sawao's eccentric diversity and rapidly changing musical interests (which were particularly evident during the latter tracks of White Incarnation), The Pillows' style started drifting away from their style of eclectic pop rock, and the band wildly experimented between varying genres; during this time, the band's bass driven style of music could best be described as jazz, but with the ever-present sixties pop rock influence.

    1995 was the year in which The Pillows released Living Field, an album that was widely ignored, but which many fans consider the most imaginative recording of The Pillows' career. Living Field was much like Kool Spice in that it is difficult to pin a genre on the album. "Swinger's Night Club" shows shades of Latin jazz influence while tracks like "Something Like a Romance" and "Angel Fish" give off a vibe of the percussion-driven pop funk made popular by Jaco Pastorius and other fusion artists in the seventies. Standout tracks include the reggae song Native World, the sixties-influenced nostalgic rock jam "The Killing Field", and the beautiful single track "Daydream Wonder". Some fans consider the listenability of Living Field its outstanding feature, and superior to The Pillows' later works. The multi-layered acoustic overdubs, Hammond organ samples, brass, upright contrabass, woodwinds, and other various percussion instruments presented listeners with something new every time he or she listened to it. While a musically diverse and intricate album, Living Field was not a commercial success, leading some fans and critics to speculate the end might be near for the band.

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