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The's performing in Shinjuku, 1994
The's performing in Shinjuku, 1994
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active1986–present
MembersYoshiko "Ronnie" Fujiyama
Sachiko Fujii
Akiko Omo
Past membersYoshie
Eddie Legend
Yoshiko "Yama" Yamaguchi
WebsiteOfficial website

The's are a Japanese rock band from Tokyo. They first started performing as a quartet in Tokyo, and recruited guest performers during their Australian tour. They became a trio in 1992, before touring Australia.


The's formed when Sachiko and Yoshiko "Ronnie" Fujiyama, two sisters from Tokyo who both shared a passion for rock and roll, founded the band in 1986 with two other members. Originally, the line-up consisted of Yoshiko on vocals and guitar, Rico on second guitar, Yoshie on bass guitar and Sachiko on drums. After several line-up changes (including the bassist Yoshiko "Yama" Yamaguchi, who was the bassist featured in the Kill Bill movie), the band eventually became a trio after Rico's and Yoshie's departures. Yoshiko and Sachiko are still the main components in the band, and now Akiko Omo has rejoined the band as the bass guitarist (She originally joined the's in the early 1990s).

Even though the group mostly sing their songs in Japanese, they do many covers of American rock and roll records from the 1950s to the 1980s. However, their official website and most of their fansites and fanclubs are in Japanese, as they have their biggest following in their home country.

Yoshiko, who plays a Teisco guitar and sports a "Teenage Queen Delinquent" tattoo on her upper right arm, was initially the lead vocalist, but as the band performed more rock and roll songs originally performed by female groups, every member had equal parts in vocals and many songs are performed singing simultaneously.

The's in the West[edit]

The's in concert in Lille, May 2004

The's became known in the West after their appearance in Kill Bill Vol. 1,[1] in which they performed "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield", "I'm Blue" (a cover of The Ikettes' song) and "Woo Hoo" in a Tokyo club, "The House Of Blue Leaves". On the Special Bonus Features of the Kill Bill Volume 1 DVD, one of the specials featured a live performance which shows the's singing "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield" and "I'm Blue" during filming of the movie. The's song "The Barracuda" is featured in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift soundtrack.

According to Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino, he discovered the music of the's after hearing it in an urban clothing store in Tokyo, hours before going to the airport. Tarantino asked if he could purchase the CD from the store, as he had no time to go to a music shop. When the shop assistant on duty refused, the manager was called. When Tarantino offered the manager double the retail price of the CD, he acquired it.[2]

They also became renowned for the use of their cover of The Rock-A-Teens song, "Woo Hoo", in advertisements for Carling lager and Vonage VoIP service in the mid-2000s. The song reached No. 28 on the UK Singles Chart in 2004.[3] The follow-up song was "I'm Blue"; it peaked at No. 71 on the same chart two months later.[3]

The's have also toured many countries including China, Australia, the United States, and their native Japan.

Style and influences[edit]

The's music draws from multiple genres of American music, including rock and roll, surf, rockabilly, doo-wop, punk rock[4] and psychobilly.[5] According to Yoshiko "Ronnie" Fujiyama, the band wanted to "deconstruct rock 'n' roll into punk music by using distortion and noise and screaming."[4] The band's influences include Chuck Berry and Sex Pistols.[4] The's sound has been classified as garage rock,[4][6][7] rock and roll,[5][8] garage punk,[9] punk rock,[5] rockabilly,[10] roots rock,[5] surf punk[11] and surf rock.[6]


  • "Ah-So"/"She Was A Mau-Mau" (Giant Claw, 1992)
  • "I Need A Man"/"Long Tall Sally" (Planet Pimp, 1993)
  • "I Walk Like Jane Mansfield"/"Cat Fight Run" (Estrus, 1993)
  • "Edi Is A Sweet Candy"/"Teenage Head"/"Scream" (Rockville, 1993)
  • "The Spell Stroll"/"Roadrunner" (Weed, 1995)
  • "Bomb The Twist"/"It's Rainy" (Sympathy For The Record Industry, 1996)
  • "Continental Hop"/"Jump Jack, Jump" (Time Bomb, 1997)
  • "The Barraacyda"/"Tallahassee Lassie" (Time Bomb, 1997)
  • "Silly Willy"/"Mr. Lee" (Dionysus, 1998)
  • "Come See Me"/"Mashed Potato"/"Gerupin Rock" (Thunderbaby, 1994)
  • "I'm Blue"/"(I'm Sorry Mamma) I'm A Wild One" (Sweet Nothings, 2002)
  • "Rock And Roll Santa"/"Harlem Shuffle" (Norton, 2003
  • "Woo Hoo"/"Guitar Date" (Sweet Nothings, 2004)
  • Split 7" single with The Church Keys - "19th Nervous Breakdown" (Norton, 2004)
  • Sho-Jo-Ji (The Hungry Racoon)"/"Charuema Sobaya (The Soba Song)" (Third Man, 2011)
  • Great Balls Of Fire"/"Hanky Panky" (Third Man, 2011)
  • "Mothra" b/w "Dream Boy" (Time Bomb, 2014)
  • "I Walk Like Jane Mansfield"/"Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (Kill Bill Theme)" (Time Bomb, 2017)
  • "The Barracuda"/"Movin'" (Time Bomb, 2017)
  • Steel Rats (Vinyl Special Edition) Split 7" single with Arkadiusz Reikowski - "The Hoovering" (Tate Multimedia, 2018)
  • "Woo-Hoo"/"Dream Boy" (Time Bomb, 2018)
  • Split 7"single with Bloodshot Bill - "My Little Muck Muck" (Time Bomb, 2019)
  • "Nutrocker"/"Chopped Onion Boogie" (The 5, 6, 7, 8's; 2019)
  • "My Little Muck Muck" (Pig Baby)
  • Squid Heaven Complete Edition Video 6 VHS (Ika-Ten, 1989) - "Motor Cycle Go-G0-Go"
  • Where The Action Is!: Soft, Hell! VHS (Jungle Life/LAFF International/Soft, Hell!, 1996) - "Three Cool Cats"
  • The Wild Weekend Video VHS/PAL (Exotic Entertainment, 1998)
  • Bottle Up & Go!: Soft, Hell! Video Compilation #2 VHS (Jungle Life/LLAFF International/Soft, Hell!, 1998) - "Bomb The Twist"
  • Kill Bill Volume 1 (Blu-ray) (Miramax/Roadshow Entertainment, 2003) - "I Walk Like Jane Mansfield", "I'm Blue" Both played live as a special feature
  • Soft, Hell! Video Compilation Special Edition Ltd. 2XVHS (Soft, Hell!) - "Three Cool Cats", "Bomb The Twist"
  • Live At The Garage Rockin' Craze split DVD=V with Saturns, The Rizlaz (Radio Underground, 2005)
  • Once Upon A Time 1992-2008 DVD (Time Bomb, 2013)


  1. ^ James, Falling. "The's, Davie Allan & the Arrows, Bloodline, Bombon". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  2. ^ Kill Bill Vol. 1 DVD Extras, Quentin Tarantino interview
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 201. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b c d Douglas, Martin (2020-05-27). "Big in the United States: The Influence of Japanese Garage-Rock on U.S. Music". KEXP. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  5. ^ a b c d Ensminger, David (2021-06-14). "THE 10 BEST WOMEN-LED PUNK BANDS". PopMatters. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  6. ^ a b Jordan, Jerilyn (2019-05-22). "The's, the beloved Japanese garage rock band from 'Kill Bill,' is playing in Detroit on Thursday". Metro Times. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  7. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Bomb the Twist". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  9. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Can't Help It! Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  10. ^ Graves, Karen E. "The's". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  11. ^ Sterzinger, Ann (2004-09-23). "'s". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2022-02-22.

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