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Years: Mar, 1978 -
Styles: Hard Rock, No Wave, Punk Rock


Chiko Hige - Drums, Piano, Saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1978 - 1987)
Reck - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1978 - Dec, 1980)
Tsunematsu Masatoshi - Guitar (in band: 1979 - 1980)


Emiko Mogi - Guitar
Sher-Z Haruna - Percussion, Trumpet
Sato Minoru - Drums
Serigano - Keyboards
Higo Hiroshi - Guitar
John Zorn - Saxophone
Imai Akinobu - Guitar
Lapis - Guitar (in band: 1978 -1979; 1989 -)

Biography Picture     Friction is an influential rock band from Japan, formed in 1978. They originally began in 1971 under the name Circle Triangle Square, and are considered to be one of the pioneers of Japan's alternative rock scene. In September 2007, Rolling Stone Japan rated their debut album "Atsureki" at #21 on its list of the "100 Greatest Japanese Rock Albums of All Time".

     Originally formed in 1971 as an avant-garde music group by bassist Reck, saxophonist Chico Hige, and drummer Sakuro Watanabe inTokyo, Japan. They changed the band's name to 3/3 in the mid 70s, and Reck and Chico later moved to the United States, where they would form the band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with Lydia Lunch and James Chance, and later became the original founding members of James Chance and the Contortions before returning to Japan.

     Renaming 3/3 to form Friction, they recruited guitarist Tsunematsu Masatoshi, who had studied art at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. They released a live album and single in 1979, and their first studio album, "Atsureki" ('friction' in Japanese) in 1980, produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Tsunematsu left the band in December 1980 to become an artist, and from then on Friction has had numerous guest instrumentalists for lives and studio releases, all revolving around frontman Reck.


Atsureki (1980)
Skin Deep (1982)
Replicant Walk (1989)
Zone Tripper (Oct 24, 1997)

Singles & EPs

Crazy Dream (1979)
Pistol (1980)

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