Buck-Tick is considered one of the seven Jrock legends (along with X Japan, Malice Mizer, Glay, Luna Sea, B’z, L’arc En Ciel), which are the founders of the movement, visual Kei .
In addition to his career with the other members as a band, the five members also carry out many personal projects and collaborate with many famous artists at home and abroad, including Maki Fujii (Soft Ballet), Issay (Der Zibet), Kiyoshi (Media Youth, Spread Beaver), Masami Tsuchiya (Ippu-do), Raymond Watts (PIG), Sascha Konietzko (KMFDM), Clan of Xymox, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Cube Juice, and Kelli Ali (Sneaker Pims).
Buck-Tick is also known for its collaboration with a large number of different artists, notably: Auto-Mod, Boøwy, Cube Juice, Guniw Tools, Luna Sea, Marilyn Manson, Schaft, Schwein, Soft Ballet.
Buck Tick was originally founded in 1983. All five members live in a small town of Fujioka, Gunma Prefecture. Hisashi Imai initially had an idea for a band, and wanted to start despite the fact that he didn’t know how to play any instruments at the time (=. =!). He recruited his friend Yutaka Higuchi, and the two began to practice. Imai plays the guitar and Higuchi plays the bass. Later, Higuchi asked Hidehiko Hoshino (his friend since the first year of high school) to join the band. Ever since Hoshino became taller and handsome, Higuchi tried to persuade him to become a vocal, but Hoshino was more interested in playing the guitar, and he didn’t want to be noticed either. So Imai’s friend Araki became the replacement vocalist. Atsushi Sakurai, a rebellious and lonely person in Imai’s class,
Imai named the band Hinan Go-Go (“Hinan” meaning “criticized” in Japanese) in the spring of 1984. When they had trained enough to be able to play music, they began performing small live shows. , local events. They began to cover the songs of a famous Japanese punk band called The Stalin. From the early days, the band was aware of their image and tried to be different and stand out from the crowd. The band wears their own outfits and hairstyles, and soon adds white face makeup.
When Imai graduated high school, he moved to Tokyo with Araki and enrolled in the design school. When Higuchi and Hoshino graduated a year later, they also moved to Tokyo. Higuchi chose a business school and Hoshino joined the culinary school. However, they often go home on weekends and play music together. In the summer of 1984, the band changed its name to Buck-Tick, which is an innovative way of reading the word “bankuchiku”, a Japanese word for describing firecrackers. The band also began making their own songs, written by Imai and featuring a small contribution by Hoshino.
Sakurai’s parents did not allow him to move to Tokyo, so he was the only one left behind in Gunma, and became increasingly depressed (T ^ T). In order to kill time, he used to go to concerts and watch bands on TV, and eventually decided he was sick of being a drummer and wanted to be a vocal instead. Higuchi’s brother _ Yagami was also in a band called SP, and when SP lost the vocal, Sakurai asked Yagami about letting himself be the vocal instead. Yagami politely declined the request, and SP disbanded.