Guitar Wolf

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Guitar Wolf
General information
origin Tokyo , Japan
Genre (s) Rock 'n' roll , garage rock , rockabilly , punk
founding 1987
Founding members
Guitar Wolf (Seiji)
Bass Wolf (Billy)
Current occupation
Vocals, guitar
Guitar Wolf (Seiji)
Bass Wolf (Ug, since 2005)
Drum Wolf (Toru, since 1991)
former members
Bass Wolf (Billy, until 2005, deceased)

Guitar Wolf ( jap. ギターウルフ ) is a Japanese garage - rock 'n' roll - band , the 1987 in Harajuku was founded. Guitar Wolf was one of the few Japanese bands to successfully market their music around the world, with their albums released in Australia , Europe , Japan and the United States . In their most active years they played up to 200 concerts a year.


After guitarist Seiji and bassist Billy had worked together in various punk shops in Harajuku for a long time, they decided to found a rock 'n' roll band together in 1987 due to their similar taste in music. In 1991 Toru joined the band and Guitar Wolf were in their final line-up. They called their own style of music Jet Rock 'n' Roll and described themselves as the "World's Greatest Jet Rock 'n' Roll Band".

Her first studio album, Run Wolf Run , was recorded due to lack of money in Seiji's apartment at the time. It was released in the United States in 1994, with a release in their home country only a few months later. Their next album Missile Me was released in Europe. In 1997 she received at Ki / oon Records , a subsidiary of Sony Music Japan , her first major - record deal .

1999 turned Guitar Wolf with director Tetsuro Takeuchi to splatter - Trash film Wild Zero , where they took over the lead roles. The accompanying soundtrack was released as an album at the same time.

Bass Wolf Billy died of a heart attack on March 30, 2005, at the age of 38, shortly after their North American tour. All other planned concerts were canceled by the remaining band members. In September 2005 the then 19-year-old Ug was introduced as the new Bass Wolf. In the same month, Guitar Wolf resumed its activities and played a total of six concerts in Australia between December 24th and 31st, 2005.

After the worldwide released album Dead Rock , Guitar Wolf started another world tour, which took them to Germany for the third time . Following the tour, in August 2007 it was announced that the activities would be discontinued at short notice due to a health-related operation by Seiji. At the end of 2007 the album Mars Twist was presented, a best-of album that only contains new recordings of older songs.

Jet rock 'n' roll

Although Guitar Wolf now have a professional recording room, they stayed true to their initial style and recorded their pieces with excessive volume, thus maintaining their typical scratchy, distorted garage style. Their fourth album, Jet Generation , is ironically often referred to as the “loudest CD ever made” because the band noticed after the studio recordings that they had far exceeded the theoretical 96 decibels maximum recording volume of a CD.

At concerts, a microphone is often set up in front of the amplifier in order to achieve a double distortion effect through this diversion. That's why many fans refer to them as " The Clash with a Broken Amplifier". In addition, front man Seiji practices excessive self-destruction during the band's live performances. For example, before the start and during the concerts he empties a bottle of beer in one go, destroys bottles and glasses, inconsiderately knocks down microphone stands and climbs on facilities and music equipment, only to jump off it afterwards. In contrast to other rock 'n' roll musicians, Guitar Wolf usually only destroy their own instruments on stage in exceptional cases.

Since their music was heavily influenced by musicians like the Ramones and Joan Jett , they called their own style of music Jet Rock 'n' Roll or Jett Rock and often describe themselves as "the world's greatest Jet Rock 'n' Roll -band “(English: 'the world's best jet rock' n 'roll band'). Guitar Wolf now also produce their own T-shirt collection called Jet Clothing .



  • 1993: Wolf Rock!
  • 1994: Run Wolf Run
  • 1995: Missile Me
  • 1997: Planet Of The Wolves
  • 1999: Jet Generation
  • 1999: Wild Zero ( soundtrack album )
  • 2000: Rock'n'roll Etiquette
  • 2000: Live !! ( Live album )
  • 2002: UFO Romantics
  • 2004: Loverock
  • 2005: Golden Black ( Best-Of-Album )
  • 2007: Dead Rock
  • 2007: Mars Twist (best of album with new recordings of previous songs)
  • 2009: Jet Satisfaction ( mini-album )
  • 2010: Uchusenkan Love (Space Battleship Love)
  • 2013: Beast Vibrator
  • 2016: T-Rex From A Tiny Space Yojouhan


  • 1995: Somethin 'Else
  • 1996: Missile Me
  • 1996: Satisfaction
  • 1997: Can-Nana Fever
  • 1997: Bad Reputation
  • 1997: Kawasaki ZII 750 Rock'n'Roll
  • 1998: Kaminari One
  • 1999: Murder By Rock!
  • 2000: God Speed ​​You
  • 2001: I Love You, Ok
  • 2006: Ultra Cross EP Vol. 1
  • 2006: Ultra Cross EP Vol. 2
  • 2006: Ultra Cross EP Vol. 3


  • 1995: Guitar Wolf vs. Sanfrancisco Wolf (Live Video)
  • 1999: Hero the Wolves (Live Video)
  • 2002: Red Idol (live and music videos)
  • 2005: Live at the World (live video)


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