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AmiYumi are a Japanese J-Pop phenomenon. Formed by Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura in 1996 an anarchic and extremely entertaining mixture of influences including The Supremes, The Roches, The Ramones, Stereolab, The Who, and even Black Sabbath.
“Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” is the soundtrack for their highly successful animated Cartoon Network series of the same name. (Series two currently features on the CN in England & Europe and a range of merchandise from the Mattel toy company has recently been launched).
Their first release in 1996, “True Asia”, sold one million copies in Japan and launched Puffy-mania there as the duo hosted a television variety show (Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Puffy), headlined arena-sized concerts, inspired action-figure dolls and even a line of shoes. They have proceeded to sell more than 14 million records in Japan alone!
Their animated series was launched by the Cartoon Network in the US in 2004 where it was a smash hit. In fact, Puffy AmiYumi made an appearance and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2005 where they were also represented by their own Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Falloon (float with balloon elements). On January 16, 2006 Ami and Yumi were appointed goodwill ambassadors to the United States as part of the Japanese government’s campaign to encourage tourism in Japan.
Arrivederici Baby provide Puffy AmuiYumi with their first European release. This expanded edition comprises the “Hi Hi Puffy Amiyumi” album in it’s entirety enhanced by three high quality additional tracks; “Kazemakese Futaritabi’ ‘Sui Sui’ “Puffy Rule’ tracks from the albums ’59’ and ‘Spike’. The Arrivederci Baby! label has been responsible for widely acclaimed, high calibre contemporary international pop releases including Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, Juliana Hatfield, Bleach and Mirah.
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