the brilliant green


the brilliant green, or buriguri for short, is a Japanese rock band. Tomoko Kawase is the vocalist; her husband Shunsaku Okuda provides all the other instruments after former lead guitarist Ryo Matsui left in early 2010. To his fellow band members and fans alike, Okuda is affectionately known as “Leader” as he composed the majority of the band’s music before Matsui left, and all of the music afterwards. The band were formed in 1995 after Ryo and Shunsaku spotted Tommy singing “Sometimes Always” by The Jesus and Mary Chain, and The Rolling Stones written Marianne Faithfull hit “As Tears Go By” in a Kyoto karaoke bar.
The Brilliant Green take much of their influence from Western music, most predominantly The Beatles with over half their songs including English lyrics. They released their first single “Bye Bye Mr.Mug” in 1997 with little success, but their break came in 1998 when their third single “There Will Be Love There” was chosen as the theme song for popular the Japanese drama Love Again, and as a result went straight to the top of the charts. After another number one hit with “Tsumetai Hana” they released their self-titled debut album which sold over one million copies in just two days. On the back of this success their first national tour, There Will Be Live There, sold out across Japan in only three minutes. The Brilliant Green were suddenly one of the biggest bands in Japan.
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