Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration (and M3’s 10th anniversary… that tagline will be over with soon), I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This week, we’re gonna party like it’s 1999 with Taiyo to Ciscomoon aka T&C Bomber aka that H!P group Inaba Atsuko was in before she was doing backup vocals for virtually everyone. (Seriously.)
Like many early H!P groups, Taiyo to Ciscomoon was formed on the show ASAYAN. In the lead up to the their debut in 1999, each of the members (gymnast ace and current concert acrobatics coach Shinoda Miho, longtime post-breakup H!P backup singer Inaba Atsuko, Chinese-born Honda Ruru, and later folk singer Kominato Miwa) were sent to different cities in the US to train: Inaba went to Atlanta, Kominato to Detroit, Shinoda to Memphis, and Ruru to Chicago.
After releasing 8 singles (and changing their name to T&C Bomber a year later), the quartet disbanded as a group in October 2000.
While the group has had some reunions (in an independent 2009 concert and in a 2013 H!P New Year’s concert), Taiyo to Ciscomoon have pretty much parted ways. Granted, there’s still some connection to them (be it though Shinoda’s current role in orchestrating H!P’s concert acrobatics or Inaba’s longtime role as a backup chorus singer), but their old group seem to be a hidden gem. Well, “hidden” may not be that accurate, given the numerous nods to their material that were given throughout the years since their breakup.
In any case, let’s dig into Taiyo to Ciscomoon #3 and get some light-year grooving going on.