Bugy Craxone, whose name is a twisted mash-up of the English words blue, easy and klaxon, formed in Sapporo in 1997, relocating a year later to Tokyo. Their pop-infused, female-fronted hardcore sound won them a deal with Victor Entertainment within a year; but whereas many Japanese rock bands start out on an indie before joining a major to make progressively bland and commercial albums, Bugy Craxone did the opposite, parting with Victor in 2003 after four releases, ditching the studio sheen and bashing out four far more aggressive albums on an indie.

As such, the quality of the songs on this best-of varies massively, depending from which album they’re culled. The band, who don’t even play their older songs on stage anymore, have accordingly taken just one track from each of their first two albums, focusing mainly on the middle four and then strangely omitting their last two altogether (2008’s “Good Morning, Punk Lovers” and “Hello, Punk Lovers”).

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