In spite of their name, taken from Edith Piaf's most famous song, the Japanese act La Vie en Rose were always a punk band at heart, although Kyohsuke, the main songwriter, allowed occasional influences from hardcore to techno to sneak in. The group was formed in 1994 by high-schoolers Ke2 and Milk (both guitars) along with Oyaji (vocals), the latter soon replaced by Shinichi. Bassist Takeshi joined in the summer before Oyaji left, with Kyohsuke (drums) pestering his way in by the end of 1994. The group immediately debuted live, but in 1995 Shinichi quit, replaced by Yuta, whose inclusion stabilized La Vie en Rose enough to allow them to start recording demo tapes, although the lineup shifts went on, with Milk and Takeshi leaving to be replaced in 1996 by Ken (bass), from the local band Mad Ness, and Takato (guitar), who lasted less than ...
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