.Years active1995–presentLabels(1996–2005)(2005–2013)(2015 onwards), (U.S.)WebsiteMembersPuffy ( パフィー, Pafī, as PUFFY) or Puffy AmiYumi are a band formerly signed to under and, later transferred to in 2015. The group continues to go by the moniker of PUFFY in Japan but, in order to avoid legal naming conflicts with, have adopted the name Puffy AmiYumi in the. They sing in Japanese and English., whose nickname is Jane and, nicknamed Sue, were scouted by Sony-affiliated talent agencies and put together in the mid-1990s.
Ami Onuki (大貫亜美), whose nickname is «Jane», and Yumi Yoshimura (吉村由美), nicknamed «Sue», were scouted by two different talent agencies and put together in 1995, and soon PUFFY-Mania.
- Splurge is an album released by the Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi in both Japan and the U.S. (this is the latest Puffy AmiYumi album there). However, due to Tofu Records going out of business a couple of years ago, the CD is now said to be out of print. And Japan editions both vary in.
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The band gained mainstream success in Japan during 1998, following the release of their album and tour in support of it.Their first release ' sold a million records and their success has continued with several more full-length releases (totaling 15 million sales in Japan). Contents.History Early recordings When she was in high school, Ami sang for a band called 'Hanoi Sex'.
In her sophomore year, the band auditioned during the Sony SD Audition and passed, becoming employees of Sony Music Entertainment. Years went by with little action by either the band or the record label, as Ami took vocal lessons and attended a professional school to learn how to become a better performer. Eventually the band dissolved, leaving only Ami under Sony's employment. She was encouraged to stay, despite lacking a band and a clear musical direction.Separately, Yumi had learned of the Chotto Sokomade talent search underway by Sony Music Artists when she was 'around 18'.
She also auditioned and passed. She moved on her own from Osaka to Tokyo, where she eventually met Ami by chance in the Sony Music offices and then at a concert after-party, when the two hit it off. Both felt alone within the large Sony organization and neither were confident in their abilities as solo artists, so even though Ami had already recorded a solo CD under the guidance of former Unicorn front-man (it would later become half of ), they requested Sony pair them as a duo. As Puffy When paired together, their voices blended well and they had a close rapport. Producer and American pop musician christened them 'Puffy', and is considered by Ami and Yumi as 'the godfather of Puffy'. Ami had previously met Tamio Okuda at a SPARKS GOGO concert, and he had produced her then-unreleased solo CD. He was eventually signed on to produce Puffy's first album.
Their debut single, 'Asia no Junshin', launched Puffy-mania. Asked if they were surprised by the attention after its success, Yumi told an interviewer '. Everything that was put together for that song all came together and made it happen, but we didn't expect it. It was luck.' As 'Puffy-mania' exploded, they became multimedia stars, including hosting their own weekly TV show with guests such as, and rock band.Puffy in the United States.
Puffy performing in in 2006.Puffy made their first US appearance as part of Music Japan's 'An Evening with Japan's All-Stars' showcase at the 2000 (SXSW) festival in. After their performance at SXSW, attorneys for Sean 'Puffy' Combs sent the band a cease and desist letter asking them to change their name.
After changing their name in the US to Puffy AmiYumi, they told Entertainment Weekly:Yumi: It doesn't bother us at all. We respect the fact that Puff Daddy is Puffy in the U.S.Ami: The bottom line is that we don't know what puffy means. We were given our name by somebody else six years ago, and we really don't have a clue.The name 'Puffy' most likely comes from Andy Sturmer's conscious or unconscious recollection of the night he and his bandmates/friends in the (as of then unnamed) band were trying to come up with funny/catchy band names. 'The Puffy' was one of the titles presented by 's friend Greg Hillegas. A laugh was had by all, and the conversation moved on.
Somewhere on a legal pad in Roger or Andy's archives is that complete list.After Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Puffy ended production in 2002, Puffy focused on performing in the United States. Several of their previous Japanese albums were released for the US market and they recorded theme songs for the. They have also done a cover version with of her hit 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun'. They were also interviewed on by and performed their songs 'Hi Hi' and ' (Red Swing) on the show.
They came back to the US in 2006 for their Splurge Tour. In April, 2017 the band made an appearance at for autograph signings. After their appearance at Boston Anime Convention they did a 3 city USA Tour which they called their 'Not Lazy Tour' of the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas, Texas.Animated series On November 19, 2004, an animated series featuring cartoon versions of Ami and Yumi, premiered on the United States'. Despite both of them being voiced by American actresses (though, who plays Ami, is of Japanese descent), the real Ami and Yumi star in short live-action segments taped in Japan.
The show also features some of Puffy's music. Cartoon Network's Japan service started airing episodes of the series (in English with Japanese subtitles) in 2005. In October of that year, began airing a Japanese-dubbed version of the series, which eventually also went to CN Japan on January 8, 2006. Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi also debuted in other countries such as Mexico, dubbed in Spanish, and Brazil, dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese, both transmitted on Cartoon Network.Yumi said in an interview with:Yumi: The Cartoon Network show has given us a great opportunity to introduce the music to a new audience.
When we toured, after the Cartoon Network show started, so many little kids came to our show. We always wanted as many people as possible to listen to the music.Puffy AmiYumi made an appearance and performed in the in 2005 where they were also represented by their own Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi float and balloon.On January 16, 2006 Ami and Yumi were appointed goodwill ambassadors to the United States as part of the Japanese government's campaign to encourage tourism in Japan. They kicked off their 10th anniversary tour in Japan on April 14, 2006, then toured the East Coast of the United States with the PuffyAmiYumi Tour '06 Splurge! From July 8 to July 19, 2006, coinciding with the premiere of their new television show,.Ami and Yumi have also made cameo voiceovers in an episode of the 2011 anime series, which aired on July 8, 2011. They also perform the opening theme to the anime.
Musical style Their music has been largely a collaboration between producer, American singer-songwriter, and Ami and Yumi themselves. Ami and Yumi's vocals have been likened to U.S. Vocal sister group. They often sing whole songs together with harmonies and their sound borrows heavily from and other artists such as,. Both Ami and Yumi themselves have openly admitted that their music is hard to put into just one genre because of the many different influences. Influences They have mentioned, and as their main influences, and named their album Jet CD after.Backing band members.Discography. Accessed December 5, 2010.
'Puffy 10th Anniversary Book 'Ayumi', Ami Interview Chapters 1 and 2, Sony Magazines Inc., 2006. 'Puffy 10th Anniversary Book 'Ayumi', Ami Interview Chapters 1 and 2, Yumi Interview Chapters 1 and 2, Sony Magazines Inc., 2006. Whelski, Tina.
2006-03-16 at. WOMANROCK, August/September 2005. Accessed December 7, 2006. Amith, Dennis A. Nt2009 Entertainment, March 2001. Accessed December 7, 2006.
Bruner, Rob. Entertainment Weekly, April 3, 2001. Accessed December 7, 2006. Interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Retrieved April 3, 2017. Fuoco, Christina. 2006-10-21 at., July 19, 2006.
Accessed October 16, 2007. (Press release). 31 October 2005. Archived from on 26 November 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2006.
2006-02-13 at the, Kyodo News, January 16, 2006. Accessed December 7, 2006. Jennifer Sherman (2011-08-04). Anime News Network.External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to. on.Preceded byfor Best New ArtistSucceeded.
Spent their first eight years as huge stars in Japan but hidden treasures in the States. The success of their cartoon show on Nickelodeon beginning in 2004 changed that, and now they are big in the U.S., too. The fact that they are best known for a cartoon based very loosely on their lives (some would say too loosely) might lead die-hard fans to worry about the music. Would they change their sound to capitalize on their preteen fan base or would they crank out another genre-hopping, Technicolor pop/rock gem like 2003's or 2001's? Despite the reassuring continued presence of longtime producers and, the first track might have these fans worrying a bit, since 'Call Me What You Like' - written by (best known as 's producer, though not of her hits) - is a distressingly shallow and generic rocker complete with references to text messaging, hair coloring, club hopping, and unwarranted slams on country, hip-hop, and soul music.
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It seems so un-, so negative and crass, that the urge to write the record off instantly is very strong. Certainly, have never been anything less than slickly produced commercial pop, but they have always been so joyous, smart, and fun that their origins are easily overlooked.
If the rest of the record had followed suit it would have been a disaster; luckily, they revert to classic right away with the light-as-a-dust-bunny pop/rocker 'Nice Buddy.' From there, and crank out the kind of bouncy punk-poppers that are their strength and also take on ska-punk ('Tokyo, I'm on My Way'), '60s-styled pop ('Etude'), loungey baroque pop ('Sunday in the Park'), arena punk ('Security Blanket'), and rockabilly boogie (the -sponsored 'Go Baby Power Now'), and they even toss in an Brit-pop-styled epic ballad ('Radio Tokyo') and a true lighter-waving acoustic ballad ('Cameland'). These last two tracks show that and 's singing has never sounded better. They have always been near-perfect rock vocalists, but now have more depth and are able to pull off the slower tunes very ably. This newfound sensitive side gives an added dimension, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the duo head in that direction on future releases.
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Until then, fans will be quite satisfied with and glad that, for the most part, they sidestepped their cartoon personas and instead delivered a classic album. Tragedy averted. Smiles and hugs all around. Cut to commercial. The American release of has a slightly different track list than the Japanese release and contains two bonus tracks: remixes of 'Friends Forever' from the Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed soundtrack and 'Teen Titans Theme,' by and from, respectively.