Porno Graffitti (ポルノグラフィティ, Porno Graffitti), also known as Porno (ポルノ, Porno) to their fans, is a Japanese male rock band from Innoshima. The band got their name from the album Pornograffitti by the band Extreme. They currently record under Sony Music Entertainment Japan Records (also known as SME Records) label.
The band members first met at a High-school festival and formed the band, performing covers of Japanese rock bands Ziggy and Boowy.
They were separated after graduation but one year later they met again in Osaka and formed the band again.
While making their first demo, they performed on the streets and in venues and won a couple of awards! Finally they signed with Amuse (management) and SME Japan
In their career so far they have since produced loads of albums, (including 2 'Best' albums) singles and Live tour DVD's, and they continue to produce great music at a fast pace which always rates highly on the Oricon charts!
In June 2004 Masami Shiratama (Tama) left the band to pursue his own interests as a solo artist, but the other members have continued on without him as a two member band to produce the fantastic THUMPx album!
Porno Graffitti have also done quite a few themes for anime and dramas, they did the opening theme to Full Metal Alchemist (Melissa) and the second opening theme for GTO (Hitori No Yoru)
As well as the theme to Dorama 'Suekko Chonan Ane Sannin' (Aiga Yobu Houe)
And if that's not enough their song 'Mugen' was used as the theme for the 2002 FIFA World Cup by NHK Broadcasting.
In 2005 they did the opening theme for the Jdorama 'Konya hitori no bed de' (Jobailo) and in 2006 they did another anime opening for the anime 'Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi' (Winding Road). In 2008 their song 'Koyoi, Tsuki wa Meizutomo' was used as the theme music for the film 'Bleach: Fade to Black, I Call Your Name'.
In 2010 they did the ending theme for Dorama 'shukumei 1969-2010 - Once Upon a Time in Tokyo' (hitomi no oku wo nozokasete)
Described on the official Sony Music site as having super-pop tunes with in-depth lyrics, Porno Graffitti's sound is incredibly difficult to pin down to one genre, switching effortlessly from rock to pop, ballads to upbeat songs, one thing is consistant about thier music; they are always interesting and easy to listen too!
Porno Graffitti continues to move the hearts of listeners regardless of age, gender or language!
* Akihito Okano (岡野昭仁, born October 15, 1974); Vocals and Guitars
* Haruichi Shindo (新藤晴一, born September 20, 1974); Guitars and Background Vocals
* Tama; Bass Guitars and Background Vocals (Left in June 2004)