A bit more on the origin of MAX can be found in a post from about 3 weeks ago which covered Amuro Namie as they were originally known as the Super Monkeys. While their role had become that of back-up dancers to Amuro Namie and with their popularity growing, the departure from Amurochan was a very natural transition as they seemed to have outgrown their role and needed an outlet to showcase their vocal talents as well. Amuro Namie’s single “Stop the music” which was released on July 24th, 1995 would be the last which included the Super Monkeys and as if testing the waters, 2 months prior the Super Monkeys now known as MAX had released their debut single “Koi suru Velfarre Dance~saturday night~.” Widespread success wouldn’t arrive until their 3rd single titled “Tora Tora Tora” was released and from here the group really came into their own with blossoming personalities and a distinct vocal sound that would remain through the years to come despite the changes in musical styles which were a reflection of the changing times. “Tora Tora Tora” was released amidst the techno craze which was sweeping Japan at the time and it really held a similarity to Amurochan’s parallel releases but it wouldn’t take long for MAX to find their own sound musically and despite their genre being described as dance/pop/R&B there is a definite distinctness to their style and even more so in their highly recognizable vocals. While MAX’s quartet of members all sing, it must be pointed out that Mina & Reina are regarded as their lead vocalists as they hold the dominate solo and key vocal lines in all of their early works. However this would all change in 2002 when Mina departed the group and even with the addition of a new member their release activity has remained scarce since. I’m a fan of MAX’s earlier works and my collection includes their first 20 singles and first 5 albums.
As a symbol of their close ties to Amuro Namie, all of the members in MAX are also from Okinawa including the newest member who joined after Mina’s departure.
The original members of MAX are:
Making a good first impression is important and I hope that choosing to list my favorite MAX song of all time, “mum”, first is a good idea! Whether or not you choose to listen to any of the other MAX songs that I’ve linked below please listen to this one as it’s such a beautiful song. “mum” was released as an album only track on MAX’s “Emotional History” compilation Cd.
~MAX “mum” mp3~
“Isshou ni…” is a great Christmas song which is subtle in its approach as it may not sound like a Christmas song right away. Another beautiful song and I hope you listen to this one too!
~MAX “Isshou ni” mp3~
And here’s the N’sync song (edit: Backstreet Boys’ song; haha I’m so goooooofy!!) that I mentioned earlier. Hmmm…anyone know its original title? Even though I’m not an N’sync fan (edit: Backstreet Boys; but I actually like some of their music! Still not a fan of N’sync though) by any means this song is soooooo catchy!! But I’d rather listen to MAX singing it!! 😛
~MAX “Barairo no hibi” mp3~
And lastly here’s a taste of Japanese techno! MAX’s 3rd single, the one that started their success! 🙂 Besides it being a techno song you’ll really notice a large difference in other aspects regarding their approach and production as this one goes back a lot further than the previous 3 songs that I’ve listed here. Enjoy! 🙂
~MAX “ano natsu eto” mp3
Sorry I wasn’t able to add their pvs here before my video upload abilities expired @ WordPress =/.