Karate

Album: Metal Resistance (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Metal Resistance, this was released on March 25, 2016. The Japanese lyrics are about never giving up and always moving forward, no matter what happens in your life. Co-vocalist Moametal explained to Kerrang: "Karate is a martial art based on the principal of facing yourself."
  • The readers of Kerrang voted this as their best song of 2016.
  • Metal Resistance peaked at #39 on the US albums chart and #15 on the UK albums chart, in both instances the highest position reached by a Japanese band. Solo artist Kyu Sakamoto achieved a higher ranking in the US in 1963.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.legacy.com/ {01-10-2018}
    Mikio Fujioka, guitarist for Japanese metal band Babymetal, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. He had fallen off an observation deck while stargazing on Dec. 30, sustaining severe injuries, according to NME. He was 36.
    “We hope that he is now with his Guitar Master A.Holdsworth and enjoying an epic guitar session with him,” the members of Babymetal wrote in a tribute on Instagram.
    Babymetal achieved an international following with their unique theatrical blend of female Japanese-pop vocals and heavy metal instrumentation. The group calls this sound “kawaii metal,” or “cute metal.” They have opened for popular acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N’ Roses and appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
    Fujioka was a member of the group’s accomplished instrumental backing band, known as the Kami Band, who perform in make-up and costumes as nature spirits. He has toured with the band since 2013 and was nicknamed “Ko-Gami,” or “The Little God,” partially because of his diminutive stature.
    Babymetal ended their Instagram tribute to Fujioka with lyrics to their song, “The One.”
    “We are the one. Together. We’re the only one. You are the one. Forever.”
    Fujioka is survived his wife and two daughters.
    May he R.I.P.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Ramones

RamonesFact or Fiction

A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music Scene

Sub Pop Founder Bruce Pavitt On How To Create A Music SceneSong Writing

With $50 and a glue stick, Bruce Pavitt created Sub Pop, a fanzine-turned-label that gave the world Nirvana and grunge. He explains how motivated individuals can shift culture.

Lita Ford

Lita FordSongwriter Interviews

Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright IIISongwriter Interviews

"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit - his latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.

Eric Clapton

Eric ClaptonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really write "Cocaine" while on cocaine? This question and more in the Clapton edition of Fact or Fiction.

Billy Gould of Faith No More

Billy Gould of Faith No MoreSongwriter Interviews

Faith No More's bassist, Billy Gould, chats to us about his two new experimental projects, The Talking Book and House of Hayduk, and also shares some stories from the FNM days.