Origin: Japan
Genres:

Bow Wow  


The oldest of all Japanese metal bands, Bow Wow formed in 1975 and by the early eighties had become a popular band in their home country, though they were virtually unknown elsewhere. Though their earlier material was decidely hard rock and a shade poppy at times, they were unquestionably a prime influence on Loudness and the other Japanese bands that would emerge in the eighties, and guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto was quite an accomplished heavy rock guitarist. Intent on reaching Western audiences, the band modified their name in 1984 to Vow Wow, at least in part due to the presence of British pop band Bow Wow Wow. During the rest of the eighties, the Vow Wow maintained residence in England and in fact featured noted Whitesnake bassist Neil Murray in the lineup for a time. The band broke up in the early nineties, but in 1995 Kyoji Yamamoto put together a new version of the band, now back as Bow Wow, and had recorded as late as 2002. As with most Japanese bands, information on them is difficult to come by -- as of this writing, it's not clear if they're still around.

Current Members

Mitsuhiro Saito

vocals/guitars

Kyoji Yamamoto

guitars

Toshihiro Niimi

drums

Former Members/Guests

Genki Hitomi

vocals

Kenji Sano

bass

Neil Murray

bass (Black Sabbath, Fastway, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake)

Mark Gould

bass (Cloven Hoof)

Rei Atsumi

keyboards

wx ((lineup unknown))

other (Abhorrent, Agony Column, Oathean, Paramaecium, Rorschach Test, Sacred Sin, Sacrilege, Speedealer, Strangulation, Swan Christy, Thrust, Trespass, Turbo, Violent Work Of Art, Wild Dogs, Wolves In The Throne Room)


Discography



Bow Wow 
1976
  1. Hearts On Fire
  2. Brown House
  3. Foxy Lady
  4. Volume On
  5. A Life In The Dark
  6. James In My Casket
  7. Withered Sun
  8. Theme Of Bow Wow
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Signal Fire 
1977
  1. Get On Your Train
  2. Silver Lightning
  3. Rock n' Roll Drive
  4. Tell Me Tell Me
  5. Just One More Night
  6. Electric Power Up
  7. Rainbow Of Sabbath
  8. Still
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Charge 
1977
  1. Jet Jive
  2. Must Say Adieu
  3. Blue Eyed Lady
  4. The Clown
  5. Rock And Roll Kid
  6. Fallen Leaves
  7. Heavy
  8. Sister Soul
  9. Behind The Mask
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Super Live 
1978
  1. Heart's On Fire
  2. Jet Jive
  3. Still
  4. Get On Your Train
  5. Just One More Night
  6. Theme Of Bow Wow
  7. Summertime Blues
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Guarantee 
1978
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




The Bow Wow  COMPILATION
1979




Glorious Road 
1980
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Telephone 
1980
  1. HOT ROD TORNADO
  2. GOOD TIMES R&R
  3. LULLABY OF JENNY
  4. CARNIVAL
  5. KEEP ON ROCKIN'
  6. LONESOME WAY
  7. ROLLING NIGHT
  8. TOMORROW IN YOUR LIFE
  9. SHORT PIECE
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




X-Bomber 
1980
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Hard Dog 
1981
  1. FUGITIVE
  2. GONNA BE ALRIGHT
  3. BIG SHOT
  4. CAN't TAKE IT ANYMORE
  5. SEARCHING
  6. BREAK DOWN OF THE EARTH
  7. MY DEAR ALARMCLOCK
  8. JUDAS (IN BLUE)
  9. CLOSE TO THE END
  10. NEW RED BOOTS
  11. I KNOW
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Asian Volcano 
1982
  1. ROCK AND ROLL TONIGHT
  2. IN MY IMAGE
  3. GET OUT OF MY LIFE
  4. DEVILWOMAN
  5. DON'T CRY BABY
  6. GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD
  7. CANON OF MANON
  8. TAKE ME AWAY
  9. ROLLIN' FREE
  10. TOUCH ME I'm ON FIRE
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Warning From Stardust 
1982
  1. YOU'rE MINE
  2. JETS
  3. CLEAN MACHINE
  4. CAN't GET BACK TO YOU
  5. HEELS OF THE WIND
  6. POOR MAN's EDEN
  7. 20th CENTURY CHILD
  8. ABNORMAL WEATHER
  9. WELCOME TO THE MONSTER CITY
  10. BREAK OUT THE TRICK
  11. WARNING FROM STARDUST
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Holy Expedition  LIVE
1983
  1. GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD
  2. YOU'RE MINE
  3. TOUCH ME I'M ON FIRE
  4. CAN'T GET BACK TO YOU
  5. DON'T CRY BABY
  6. 20TH CENTURY CHILD
  7. DEVIL WOMAN
  8. THEME OF BOW WOW
  • Mitsuhiro Saito
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Beat Of Metal Motion 
1984
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Cyclone 
1985
  1. Premonition
  2. Hurricane
  3. Hell-Raisers Wanted
  4. Love Walks
  5. U. S. A.
  6. Need Your Love
  7. Eclipse
  8. Siren Song
  9. Shake Your Body
  10. Rock Your Cradle
  11. You Know What I Mean
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




III 
1986
  1. Go Insane
  2. Shot in the Dark
  3. Running Wild
  4. Shock Waves
  5. Doncha Wanna Cum (Hanger 15)
  6. Nightless City
  7. Signs of the Times
  8. Stay Close Tonight
  9. You Got It Made
  10. Pains of Love
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Kenji Sano
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Locus 1976-1983  COMPILATION
1986




Hard Rock Night 
1986
  1. Intro-Beat Of Metal Motion
  2. Go Insane
  3. Doncha Wanna Come (Hanger 15)
  4. Guitar Solo-Snowflakes
  5. Pains Of Love
  6. Too Late To Turn Back
  7. Mask Of Flesh
  8. Vocal Solo-Cry Me A River
  9. It'll Wait A Lifetime
  10. Keyboard Solo inc. Arabesque
  11. Signs Of The Time
  12. Love Walks
  13. Premonition
  14. Hurricane
  15. Shot In The Dark
  16. Guitar Solo-You've Got It Made
  17. Nightless City
  • wx




Live: Vow Wow 
1987
  • wx




V 
1987
  1. Don't Tell Me Lies
  2. Somwhere In The Night
  3. Girl In Red
  4. Breakout
  5. Cry No More
  6. Same Town
  7. Born To Die
  8. Waited For A Lifetime
  9. Don't Leave Me Now
  10. War Man
  11. Don't Leave Me Now (Extended Version)
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Neil Murray
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Shock Waves 
1987
  • wx




Vow Wow 
1988
  1. You're Mine
  2. Jets
  3. Clean Machine
  4. Can't Get Back To You
  5. Heels Of The Wind
  6. Poor Man's Eden
  7. 20 Century Child
  8. Abnormal Weather
  9. Welcome To The Monster City
  10. Break Out The Trick
  11. Warning From Stradust
  12. Getting Back On The Road
  13. Don't Cry Baby
  14. Devil Woman
  15. Vow Wow Theme
  • wx




Vibe 
1988
  1. Spellbound
  2. Fade Away
  3. I Feel the Power
  4. Helter Skelter
  5. the Boy
  6. Rock Me Now
  7. You're the One for Me
  8. Talking 'Bout You
  9. Turn on the Night
  10. Never Let You Go
  11. Keep on Moving
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Neil Murray
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Helter Skelter 
1988
  1. I Feel The Power
  2. Talking 'Bout You
  3. Spellbound
  4. Helter Skelter
  5. The Boy
  6. Rock Me Now
  7. Turn On The Night
  8. Never Let You Go
  9. Night By Night
  10. You're The One For Me
  11. Sign Of The Times
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Neil Murray
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




Mountain Top 
1990 Toshiba
  • Genki Hitomi
  • Kyoji Yamamoto
  • Mark Gould
  • Rei Atsumi
  • Toshihiro Niimi




(EP) Bow Wow #0 
1995
  • wx




Bow Wow #1 
1995
  1. Under The Sky
  2. Keep So High
  3. Gunsmoke Road
  4. Gokuraku-Tonbo
  5. Give You My Love
  6. It's My Friday Night
  7. Sea Of Love
  8. Danger
  9. Dice Ride
  10. Rock 'Em Dead (Don't Be Fucking Around)
  • wx




Led By The Sun 
1996
  1. Easy Money
  2. Got To Be A Man
  3. Power To Change
  4. In The Name Of Justice
  5. Dogbite
  6. Led By The Sun
  7. Loop
  8. Mirror Image
  9. Rollin' Down
  10. For The Distance
  11. Crazy Ride
  12. Red Vision
  • wx




Still On Fire 
1998
  1. Prelude
  2. Get On Our Train
  3. Jet Jive
  4. Electric Power Up
  5. Still
  6. Heart's On Fire
  • wx




Back 
1998
  1. Nobody Cares
  2. My Lady
  3. Last Warriors
  4. Get On Our Train
  5. Heart's On Fire
  6. Silver Lightning
  7. Behind the Mask
  8. Don't Cry Baby
  9. The Clown
  10. Rock and Roll Tonight
  • wx




Ancient Dreams 
1999
  1. Ancient Dreams
  2. Devil Woman
  3. You're Mine
  4. Clean Machine
  5. Rolling' Free
  6. In My Image
  7. The Hangman's Noose
  8. A Loaded Gun
  9. Drive with Me
  10. 20th Century Child
  11. Warning from Stardust
  • wx




Live Explosion 1999 
1999
  1. Ancient Dreams
  2. Getting Back On the Road
  3. You're Mine
  4. A Loaded Gun
  5. Silver Lightning
  6. Gonna Be Alright
  7. Jame's in My Casket
  8. Devil Woman
  9. Clean Machine
  10. Judas(in Blue)
  11. Theme of Bow Wow
  12. 20th Century Child
  13. Heart's On Fire - Witherd Sun




Beyond 
2000
  1. Let it rock
  2. Alice
  3. In the shadows
  4. Dont't fade away
  5. Armageddon
  6. Shotgun Blues
  7. Forces of Nature
  8. Breakdown of the Earth
  9. James in my casket
  10. Still




Another Place 
2001
  1. Where do we go?
  2. You by my side
  3. Better days
  4. I'm waiting for you
  5. The lies in your eyes
  6. Jet boy
  7. Glass
  8. Warning from stardust
  9. Cosmos




What's Going On? 
2002
  1. WHAT's GOING ON?
  2. REBEL
  3. THE CELL
  4. NOWHERE TO RUN
  5. PLAY A BLUES
  6. THE RIVER
  7. FEEL ALRIGHT
  8. I GIVE YOU MY LOVE
  9. WAITING ...


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