Since 1995's debut single, "Journey," the group has worked with musical uber-hipsters the Pizzicato Five
, Fantastic Plastic Machine, and Deee-lite's Towa Tei.
Tile eclectic Tokyo-based trio Pizzicato Five
, for example, has earned a reputation for originality through its unconventional blend of styles.
Some Japanese groups, such as Shonen Knife and Pizzicato Five
, have a following overseas, but record sales are minimal at best.
A recent track from, Pizzicato Five
(a Japanese mambo band) thumps loudly and out dances Bianca, a red head in a black evening gown.
With lyrical allusions to wearing lipstick and male pronouns used to address love objects, Imperial Teen serves up a gay sensibility that ordinarily surfaces only from straight bands like Pulp or Pizzicato Five
. "I think there's a resistance from gay artists to go that route just because it's so predictable.