Cibo Matto was a band all about food. Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori were the lead singers of the fantastic band, often recognizable by their shrill voices and broken French/English/Japanese accents. Their lead (and only) guitarist was none other than John Lennon’s son, Sean Lennon – who also happened to be the son of Yoko Ono as well.
Sean was the spitting image of his father, and he shared quite a bit of the same talent with music too. The band’s success is debated online, but I think it’s safe to say that this rag-tag group of experimental musicians would have never been popular if Sean Lennon wasn’t a member of the band. I’m not saying they’re bad or anything; I’m just saying that they’re unique. Let’s learn all about them.
One of the greatest musicians of all time, John Lennon, had a couple of children. One of them was named Julian Lennon, and a fun fact about Julian; the hit song “Hey Jude” was originally written for Julian by Paul McCartney after Lennon’s divorce from his wife. The song was later changed to “Hey Jude” instead of “Hey Jules” – probably just to avoid bringing attention to Jules.
Sean Lennon was the other child of John’s that must have had a rough childhood. I’ll give the kid credit; he’s fucking brilliant on the guitar, but he doesn’t have the same spunk as his father once did. But then again, I guess none of us does.
Anyways, Sean Lennon joined the band after it was already established, so he wasn’t a part of the Japanese movement that this band started. He joined the bandwagon after the group started to gain the attention of audiences in America, and even after that faded, he went on to go to Japan with the band – where they were really gaining traction.
Miho Hatori is a totally different animal from Sean. She’s aggressive, loud, and angry – and her success with Cibo Matto led her to do some pretty incredible work with the Gorillaz and their animated songs.
She’s a Japanese (obviously) singer, songwriter, and musician. She moved to New York in 1993 and couldn’t bear herself to leave. Once “Viva! La Woman” was released in 1996 Miho probably finally felt like she had made it. After studying music and art in New York City for a number of years, she was finally able to accomplish her dreams, and I think that is beautiful.
Although her singing isn’t my favourite, she has some clever lines in her songs that make me think a little more than your average pop song. It’s almost like she’s writing beautiful poetry and then shouting it at you on stage – not bad.
Yuka Honda was another co-founder of this chaotic group of musicians, and she might have been the most essential part of the whole picture. Her voice is well, ok. But her attitude is what draws you inwards.
Yuka can play over seven instruments, and almost all of them are some kind of synthesizer or keyboard. It’s actually quite interesting to look into the musical history of these people who have known success all of their lives