In 1991, a producer of the B-Gram Records label, Daiko Nagato
, wanted to make a band with 3 members chosen from several auditions. The three members were Show Wesugi
as vocalist, Hiroshi Shibasaki
as guitarist and Kohsuke Oshima
as Keyboardist and mix engineer. Kohsuke was a support member of the Japanese band Loudness. The band signed a contract with the Toshiba EMI label
Their debut single was ”Sabishisa Wa Aki No Iro
“ released on December 4th 1991. This song was written by Seiichiroh Kuribayashi
. On May 13th 1992, was released the second single ”Furimuite Dakishimete
&ldquo and later, on June 17th 1992, was released the first album ”WANDS
“. On July 1st 1992 was released the third single ”Motto Tsuyoku Dakishimeta Nara
“ that was one of their best success: in fact, the song reached the numer-one position
and was charted for 44 weeks
on the Oricon Chart
. The song was written by Yoshio Tatano
The same year, Oshima left the band to join his new band called SO-FI, and another member took his place as keyboardist and mix engineer. This new member was Shinya Kimura
, who was a friend of Hiroshi Shibasaki. In October the band collaborated with Nakayama Miho
, releasing a song called ”Sekaijuu No Dare Yori Kitto
“ that became a 3-tracks single. On February 26th 1993 the band released the single ”Toki No Tobira
“ that was another big success. Then, in march of the same year, Show Wesugi wrote the debut song for the band Deen, called ”Kono Mama Kimi Dake Wo Ubaisaritai
“ that sold over a million copies
. A WANDS version of this song was in the new WANDS’s album ”Toki No Tobira
“, released on April 27th 1993 which sold more then 2 million of copies
and charted for 33
weeks on the Oricon Albums Chart
. The same day, was released the 5th single called ”Ai Wo Kataru Yori Kuchizuke Wo Kawasou
“ which stayed at the number-one position for 4 weeks
. The song was written by Tetsuro Oda
. On June 19th they collaborated with some of the best artist of the 90s: in fact, they released the single ”Hateshinai Yume Wo
“ with ZARD, ZYYG, REV and Shigeo Nagashima
, who was a famous baseball player.
On July 7th 1993 they released their 6th single ”Koiseyo Otome
“, on October 6th their third album ”Little Bit...
“ and on November 17th the 7th single ”Jumpin’ Jack Boy
“ written by Seiichiroh Kuribayashi
. ”Little Bit...“ was the last album under the Toshiba EMI label: in fact the band signed a contract with the B-Gram Records label
The band won the ”Artist Of The Year
“ award at the 8th Japan Gold Disc Award
because they sold over 7 million copies of albums and singles in one year
. On December 8th they made a live at Shibuya On Air East
On April 25th and April 26th they made another concert at Shibuya on Air West
called LIVE JUNK #0
, then released their 8th single on June 8th called ”Sekai Ga Owaru Made Wa...
“ which became the second ending of the anime Slam Dunk
. This song was written by Tetsuro Oda
and song made them famous in all the world. The single sold more then a million of copies
and reached the number-one position
on the Oricon Chart
. The promotional video shows for the first time how Show Wesugi was an Axl Rose’s fan. In fact, he started to dress up like him. Then, they made a concert from June 22nd to June 24th called ”LIVE JUNK #1 KEEP MY ROCK’N ROAD
“. The tickets for the concerts were sold out
On February 13th 1995 they published their 9th single called ”Secret Night ～It’s My Treat
～“ which was their very first song in a rock style. This song was written by Seiichiroh Kuribayashi
. The band started to change: their pop style became a rock style. On April 24th they published their 4th album called ”PIECE OF MY SOUL
“ that reached the number-one position
and sold over 500,000 copies
From April 14th to May 25th they started with a new live tour called ”LIVE JUNK #2 PIECE OF MY SOUL
“ which had 11 dates.
On December 4th they released their 10th single called ”Same Side
On February 26th 1996 the band released their 11th single called ”WORST CRIME ～About A Rock Star Who Was A Swindler
～“ which was the last single of the Second Period of WANDS.
In fact, Show Wesugi wanted to make more rock music but their manager wanted them to return to their pop style. Hiroshi Shibasaki was of the same opinion of Show’s. So, the problems came: Show Wesugi and Hiroshi Shibasaki suffered of depressions and other problems. Meanwhile, on March 16th they published a best album called ”Single Collection +6
“. At the end, Show Wesugi and Hiroshi Shibasaki withdrew from the band (This was announced in 1997) and formed a duet called ”al.ni.co
But Shinya Kimura didn’t want to say goodbye to the band, so decided to re-form it with two new members: Jiro Waku
(His real name is Jiro Matsumoto), who was the leader of a group of twelve skateboarding boys in Johnny & Associates, as vocalist; and Issei Sugimoto
(His real name is Issei Ambo) as guitarst.
So, in 1997, WANDS came back to the world music and on September 3rd released the 12th single ”Sabitsuita Machine Gun De Ima Wo Uchinukou
“, written by Miho Komatsu
. The song became the ending theme for the anime ”Dragon Ball GT
“. This was sure: the new style of the band was surely more rock with hard sounds.
After this release, the band published another Best Album on November 6th called ”Best ～Historical Best Album
On February 11th 1998, they published their 13th single called ”Brand New Love
“ and then, on June 10th they published the 14th single ”Ashita Moshi Kimi Ga Kowaretemo
“; both written by Izumi Sakai (ZARD)
. The 14th single became the ending theme for the anime ”Yu-Gi-OH!
On March 31st 1999, the band published the 15th and last single ”Kyou, Nanika No Hazumi De Ikiteiru
“ written by Nana Azuki
. On October 27th they published their 5th and last album ”AWAKE
“ that was charted for only 3 weeks and the best position was the 18th.
Unfortunately the band finally disbanded in 2000 for the poor sales.
After the disbandment
Even if the band disbanded, more and more Best Albums have been published during the last 10 years. In fact, the labels kept on publishing other 4 Best Albums
On August 8th, 2012, the beinggiza studio
has released a new DVD called ”WANDS BEST LIVE & CLIPS
“ with special clips and lives never published before.
What's the meaning of "WANDS"?
Many fans think that the name of the band isn’t casual. In fact they think that ”WANDS“ means ”W and S
“. W stands for Wesugi
and S for Shibasaki
. And the same thing with the last members: W stands for Waku
and S for Sugimoto
Maybe when there were Wesugi and Shibasaki in the band, it was only a casuality, but this reasoning maybe explains why Jiro and Issei’s surnames have been changed when they came into the band.