The Surf Coasters

The Surf Coasters (Japanese: ザ・サーフコースターズ Za Sāfukōsutāzu) are a Japanese surf band, started by Shigeo Naka in 1994.wikipedia
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The Surf Coasters (Japanese: ザ・サーフコースターズ Za Sāfukōsutāzu) are a Japanese surf band, started by Shigeo Naka in 1994.

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The Surf Coasters (Japanese: ザ・サーフコースターズ Za Sāfukōsutāzu) are a Japanese surf band, started by Shigeo Naka in 1994.

Talent show

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The band became known with their stint on the talent show television program Ebisu-Onsen, a show very similar in concept to the American program, Star Search on which the winning band would receive a recording contract.

Television show

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The band became known with their stint on the talent show television program Ebisu-Onsen, a show very similar in concept to the American program, Star Search on which the winning band would receive a recording contract.

United States

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The band became known with their stint on the talent show television program Ebisu-Onsen, a show very similar in concept to the American program, Star Search on which the winning band would receive a recording contract. Nobuhiro Kurita, who joined the band on bass in 1997. During the band's first American tour, Kurita was dubbed "Zen Punk" for his cartoonish presence. He began playing the bass after being encouraged to do so by a friend in junior high school.

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The band became known with their stint on the talent show television program Ebisu-Onsen, a show very similar in concept to the American program, Star Search on which the winning band would receive a recording contract.

Recording contract

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The band became known with their stint on the talent show television program Ebisu-Onsen, a show very similar in concept to the American program, Star Search on which the winning band would receive a recording contract.

Instrumental

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They succeeded to make it into the final round of the competition, where they finished in second place; however, they still received a record deal, which led to the release of their debut CD, Surf Panic '95, which, despite being an instrumental album, sold well.

Dick Dale

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The band also played that year with surf music legend and "King of the Surf Guitar", Dick Dale, who was on his first tour of Japan.

Columbia Records

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Since then, the band has released upwards of twenty records, for the Columbia, Victor and BMG record labels, and have become the number one instrumental band across Japan.

Victor Talking Machine Company

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Since then, the band has released upwards of twenty records, for the Columbia, Victor and BMG record labels, and have become the number one instrumental band across Japan.

Bertelsmann Music Group

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Since then, the band has released upwards of twenty records, for the Columbia, Victor and BMG record labels, and have become the number one instrumental band across Japan.

Record label

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Since then, the band has released upwards of twenty records, for the Columbia, Victor and BMG record labels, and have become the number one instrumental band across Japan.

Dancehall

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Their sound has varied since 1995, including dancehall, acoustic arrangements, blues, and heavy metal.

Acoustic music

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Their sound has varied since 1995, including dancehall, acoustic arrangements, blues, and heavy metal.

Blues

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Their sound has varied since 1995, including dancehall, acoustic arrangements, blues, and heavy metal.

Heavy metal music

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Their sound has varied since 1995, including dancehall, acoustic arrangements, blues, and heavy metal.

Soundtrack

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Naka has also gone on to record, with and without the rest of the band, on other musical projects, including soundtracks for film and video games.

Video game

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Naka has also gone on to record, with and without the rest of the band, on other musical projects, including soundtracks for film and video games.

Takeshi Terauchi

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Shigeo Naka was a guest guitarist playing the song "Test Driver" and Naka's own composition, "The Clash", with Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans on their 1996 album, Catch a Wave.

Bass (sound)

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Nobuhiro Kurita, who joined the band on bass in 1997. During the band's first American tour, Kurita was dubbed "Zen Punk" for his cartoonish presence. He began playing the bass after being encouraged to do so by a friend in junior high school.

Middle school

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Nobuhiro Kurita, who joined the band on bass in 1997. During the band's first American tour, Kurita was dubbed "Zen Punk" for his cartoonish presence. He began playing the bass after being encouraged to do so by a friend in junior high school.

Drummer

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Naotaka Seki, a drummer who was recruited by Naka into the band in 2001, while touring with Ryouchi Endo. He began drumming after seeing Munetaka Higuchi, drummer for the band Loudness, and deciding that he looked cool.

Loudness (band)

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Naotaka Seki, a drummer who was recruited by Naka into the band in 2001, while touring with Ryouchi Endo. He began drumming after seeing Munetaka Higuchi, drummer for the band Loudness, and deciding that he looked cool.

Internet Archive

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* Surf Coasters collection at the Internet Archive's live music archive