Pet Shop Boy & Girl


Very important news, people! According to his column in the latest issue of the Fish Tank newsletter, dear Mr. Sakurai has adopted a new child. It's a girl, but her name is as yet unknown. It appears that she is a Scottish Fold. Those of you who don't understand the caption...well, shame on you.

We extend best wishes to Mr. Sakurai and our hopes that the exhausting duties of child-rearing will help to keep him a little less angsty...and he'll need it, because according to the newspaper, the rainy season in Japan is over, starting today.

Also according to the newspaper, this is a thing. So those of you starved for kitty love who are passing through Osaka, save your pennies. Paying to sleep with a pussy has never been so wholesome! But if you see Mr. Sakurai there, be sure to phone his daughter and warn her of his unfaithfulness and treachery.



Atomic Futurists No. 9

Buck-Tick are proud to announce their very own Futurists' Manifesto.

Their new album, scheduled for release on September 28th, will be titled 「アトム未来はNo.9」, which translates to Atomic Futurists No. 9

If anyone doubts that Imai Hisashi came up with this title, please go sit in the corner.

If you're sick of Buck-Tick albums with long Japanese titles including katakana, hiragana, kanji, AND romaji all in one, please go sit in the corner - because in fact, while this album will be the twentieth full-length studio album the band will have released over the course of their long career (and releasing their 20th album for their 30th anniversary definitely proves beyond a doubt that 30 is the new 20!) in fact, it's the FIRST album they have ever released with a title that includes all four types of characters used in modern standard Japanese orthography. Imai, you've outdone yourself already, and the album hasn't even been released yet.

As for further details, they are few - but we do know that the album will contain 13 tracks, including the forthcoming single "New World."

The regular edition will be a bog-standard CD with no bells or whistles, and will cost 3240 yen including tax.

There will also be two limited editions. Limited edition A will come with a streamy sexy SHM-CD (a fancy high-quality CD that will nonetheless still be playable in your dearly beloved CD deck from 1994, so have no fear) and a bonus Blu-Ray disc, and will retail for the price of 6459 yen including tax. Limited edition B will also come with a streamy sexy SHM-CD and a bonus DVD. Limited edition B will retail for the price of 5919 yen including tax. The bonus DVD will include the music video for "New World," and reportedly other contents as well...but no word on what they are yet.

The Fish Tank presale lottery for tickets to Tour Atom Miraiha No. 9 will be open from July 30th through August 9th at 2PM. Tickets will cost 7500 yen apiece, plus fees (sheesh guyz they are getting more expensive!) If you have any questions about tickets, contact Cayce as soon as possible. However, before you write to us, please read through the So You Want to Visit Japan to See Buck-Tick? and Japanese Concert Guide sections on This is NOT Greatest Site, if you haven't already. Tickets go on general sale at 10AM on Saturday, September 17th, but there are bound to be general admission presale lotteries before then.

Below is the FULL list of tour dates:

10-08 (Sat) Kanagawa - Yokosuka Arts Theater
10-10 (Mon - holiday) Chiba - Ichikawa Bunka Kaikan
10-15 (Sat) Nara - Nara Centennial Hall
10-16 (Sun) Hyogo - Kobe Kokusai Kaikan International Hall
10-19 (Wed) Saitama - Kawaguchi Lilia Hall
10-23 (Sun) Niigata - Niigata Kokumin Kaikan Large Hall
10-27 (Thu) Saitama - Omiya Sonic City
10-29 (Sat) Nagano - Hokuto Daibunka Hall
10-30 (Sun) Gunma - Gunma Ongaku Center
11-04 (Fri) Fukushima - Kooriyama Shimin Bunka Center
11-06 (Sun) Miyagi - Tokyo Electro Hall Miyagi (this is in Sendai, not Tokyo!)
11-09 (Wed) Tokyo - Nakano Sun Plaza
11-10 (Thu) Tokyo - Nakano Sun Plaza
11-13 (Sun) Tokyo - Olympus Hall Hachioji
11-19 (Sat) Tochigi - Utsunomiya Sougou Bunka Center
11-23 (Wed - holiday) Fukuoka - Fukuoka Shimin Kaikan
11-26 (Sat) Osaka - Osaka Orix Theater
11-27 (Sun) Osaka - Osaka Orix Theater
12-01 (Thu) Kanagawa - Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
12-03 (Sat) Hiroshima - Hiroshima JMS Astaire Plaza
12-04 (Sun) Kagawa - Sunport Hall Takamatsu
12-08 (Thu) Kyoto - Rome Theater Kyoto
12-10 (Sat) Ishikawa - Kanazawa City Cultural Hall
12-17 (Sat) Hokkaido - Sapporo City Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan
12-22 (Thu) Shizuoka - Shizuoka Shimin Bunka Kaikan
12-23 (Fri) Aichi - Nagoya Shimin Kaikan (Forest Hall)
12-29 (Thu) NEW YORK CITY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!! AND LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! (Just kidding, it's the Nippon Budoukan in good old-fashioned Tokyo.)

That's 27 tour dates in all. More tour dates than some of y'all are years old, I reckon. Anyhoo, we'll keep updating with further info.


A Whole New Album

This, the latest from Fish Tank:

A new album will be released on September 28th, with a hall tour to follow, starting on October 8th at the Yokosuka Arts Theater. Tour dates include, but are not limited to:

October 8th, Yokosuka Arts Theater
October 10th, Ichikawa Cultural Center
October 19th, Saitama Cultural Center
October 27th, Omiya Sonic City
October 30th, Gunma Ongaku Center
November 9th, Nakano Sun Plaza
November 10th, Nakano Sun Plaza
November 13th, Hachioji Olypmic Hall
November 19th, Utsunomiya Cultural Hall
December 1st, Kanagawa Prefectural Citizens' Hall
December 22nd, Shizuoka Cultural Hall

More info coming soon.


A Whole New World

Hey, folks. We hope you're enjoying your summer as much as we're enjoying ours! Have you been surfing the Sea of Solaris? Have you been skinny dipping on Mermaid Beach? Have you been fishing in the Fish Tank?

Whether or not you have been, Fish Tank certainly has. After announcing at the end of June that the next issue of the Fish Tank newsletter would be delayed to mid-July, Fish Tank proceeded to make us wait four whole weeks for the news they'd been holding back on - and this can't be blamed on the band members summer vacations, because Buck-Tick's manager, Chiba Takahiro, kept Twittering things like this:

"今夜も櫻井氏のSEXY VOICE炸裂!本日のREC終了"
For those of you who don't read Japanese, that Tweet means "Yet again tonight, it's a Mr. Sakurai SEXY VOICE explosion! Wrapping up today's recording."

No, my friends, the Buck-Tick members have been hard at work. It's Fish Tank themselves who are shirking their duties. But then, at last, after leading us on to the point where we almost started to wonder if Buck-Tick had been nothing but a beautiful dream we had back in 2014, Fish Tank burst out with the announcement:

Buck-Tick's first new single from Victor since Candy will be released on September 21st, just in time for the band's 29th anniversary. Entitled New World, the single will contain two new tracks, and the first press version will come with a bonus DVD including footage from the Day in Question 2015 concert held on December 29th, 2015 at the Nippon Budoukan.

However, I feel the need to clarify that despite being labeled as a "new" song, what this really is is a new cover. Or should I say, a whole new cover. Folks, I daresay you know this song quite well already...now just imagine Mr. Sakurai's sexy voice explosion singing it.

(He's going to sing Jasmine's part in falsetto.)

As for the b-side, the title hasn't yet been announced, but I think it's going to be this one. After all, we all know that #sexybeasthide is why the Little Mermaid wished she had legs.


We'll keep you updated with further details as they are announced. In the meantime, enjoy yourselves by picturing how Imai would look in a Princess Jasmine costume.


UPDATE: On further inspection of more social media platforms, we can confirm the following further information:

Both new songs have lyrics by Mr. Sakurai and music by Mr. Imai. Also, the title of the b-side is "Devil's Wings." What does that mean, you ask? Well, we're not entirely sure, because being old, we're not entirely sure what the kids are doing these days. But in our day, it was like red wings, but with a lady who was also a massively powerful black magic sorceress.

To illustrate our point, we tried to find a gif from Game of Thrones of the scene where black magic sorceress Melisandre gives birth to a murderous shadow baby, but all we could find was this one and it's not exactly fit for public consumption so y'all go back to that Jasmine costume fantasy posthaste.

Signing off, this is Cayce with too much tequila and not enough caffeine.