Melt-Banana - Trivia


This band's profile is 'invisible', meaning that it's much less prominent on the site - either because it's incomplete, or maybe doesn't entirely fit MS format.


Yasuko Onuki has a frantic chirping and yelping vocal style which is an important part of Melt-Banana's unique sound. She writes all of Melt-Banana's lyrics, which she sings in English, stating that: "When I first started singing in a band, I was singing in Japanese, but I changed to English. I thought that English would fit more to my style of singing."
Melt-Banana perform some of their shows under the name Melt-Banana Lite, which means that they perform their music with a different arrangement. They use drums and vocals but no guitars. Instead they use samplers and synthesizers.
Recording sessions for Fetch had to be postponed due to the Tohoku earthquake and the aftermath of the subsequent meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The name "Bambi's Dilemma" came from an incident which happened when vocalist Yasuko was driving the band's touring van in the USA and hit a deer, and kept thinking about the character Bambi from the film of the same name.
There was no drummer on Cell-Scape, and all the drums were programmed on a drum machine. Some of the patterns, however, were inspired by Dave Witte's drumming. There is also some debate about whether some of the drumming was performed by Dave Witte.
The song "Chain-Shot To Have Some Fun" was featured in an animated short movie called Emily And The Baba Yaga.
At the beginning of "Free The Bee" there is a sped-up sample from the 1984 film Repo Man.
Teeny Shiny further developed the more "pop" sound of their previous effort Charlie.
Charlie was named after the movie Charly, based on the novel Flowers For Algernon.
Charlie features guest appearances by Mike Patton and Mr. Bungle on the song "Area 877 [Phoenix Mix]". Mike Patton says: "MELT... BANANA!" at the beginning of the song and Melt-Banana have sampled this through many of their other songs, including "7.2 Seconds Flipping", "Brick Again" and the version of "Bad Gut Missed Fist" on their live album MxBx 1998/13,000 Miles At Light Velocity.
Mr. Bungle helped establish Melt-Banana as one of the leading new Japanese punk rock bands. Melt-Banana have said in interviews how the audience would scream "we want to see Mr. Bungle", "free bird" and "go back to Japan" proving how unknown they were at that time.
The untitled track on Speak Squeak Creak is simply all 24 songs played at the same time.