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Godiego (ゴダイゴ, Godaigo) is a Japanese rock band, consisting of pianist and composer Mickie Yoshino, vocalist Yukihide Takekawa, guitarist Takami Asano, bassist Steve Fox, and drummer Tommy Snyder (all but Snyder were born in Japan, and Fox's mother is Japanese). Over their 35 year career (with hiatuses), Godiego released 25 singles and 55 albums in Japan, with lyrics written variably in Japanese and English by long time collaborator lyricist Yoko Narahashi.
They are perhaps best known for performing the song "Monkey Magic" for the 1978 television series Saiyūki which was brought over to the United Kingdom as Monkey. This led to several releases through BBC Records, including "Monkey Magic", "Gandhara", and the LP Monkey and several of their records charted in the UK. Godiego are also known for performing the theme song "THE GALAXY EXPRESS 999" for the Galaxy Express 999 film and the soundtrack for the 1977 film House. They were the first rock band to play in the People's Republic of China and Nepal, and inspired the name for the band Monkey Majik (the group's original drummer was British and watched the show as a child). The lead guitarist Takami Asano worked on the soundtrack of the Nintendo DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. Vocalist Yukihide Takekawa composed the soundtrack for the Super Nintendo RPG Soul Blazer.
Mickie Yoshino (ミッキー吉野, Mikkī Yoshino, born Mitsuyoshi Yoshino (吉野光義, Yoshino Mitsuyoshi)) - Keyboard, vocals, band leader,
Yukihide Takekawa (タケカワ ユキヒデ（武川 行秀）, Takekawa Yukihide) - Vocals, keyboard,
Takami Asano (浅野 孝已, Asano Takami) - Guitar, vocals,
Steve Fox (スティーブ・フォックス, Sutību Fokkusu) - Bass, vocals,
Tommy Snyder (トミー・スナイダー, Tomī Sunaidā) - Drums, vocals,
Steve Fox left the band in the middle of the band's golden era because he converted to Christianity, as he felt that he had to make a serious commitment with his faith. From the 1980s to the 1990s, Fox engaged in missionary work in Japan and Hawaii, and he broadcast an evangelistic radio program. In 1999, Steve Fox rejoined Godiego.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments