Classic Japanese Rock band. They were active since the early 80’s. Their song ROCKS is used as the first opening for the Japanese dub and the uncut English dub of Naruto.
In 1976, Otomo formed HOUND DOG with school friends while attending Tohoku Gakuin University. Debuted in 1980 with album "Welcome To The Rock'n Roll Show" and single "Arashi no Kinyobi". They enjoyed enormous popularity at live events with light rock'n roll and heavy ballads. In 1985, single "ff (fortissimo)" and album "SPIRITS!" became huge hits. The phrase "Makeru monka (I won't give in)" became a buzzword of the time. Hits were followed by "Only Love", "Ambitious", "BRIDGE" and others. Albums "GOLD" and "BRIDGE" topped the Oricon chart. As for live performances, they made a record of 15days live concert run at Nippon Budokan, continued HIROSHIMA Peace Concert (charity) for 10 years to construct a facility for atomic bomb survivors, etc., with which they were always playing a center role in Japanese rock culture. Celebrated the band's 25th anniversary in 2005 and held the memorable 50th live concert at Nippon Budokan in September 2006. Otomo himself released a solo album. He also performs in a lot of TV dramas and movies, where he enjoys a high reputation as an actor.