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About Mongol800

MONGOL800, an unassuming pop-punk band from Okinawa that has avoided the spotlight, sold millions of records in the early 2000s and is still going strong today. ∙ Formed in 1998—when its members were still in high school—the band released their debut LP, GO ON AS YOU ARE, two years later, prompting invitations to play at major festivals. ∙ MESSAGE, their 2001 breakthrough album, hit No. 1 on the charts and ultimately sold close to 3 million copies—one of the highest totals ever for a Japanese indie release. ∙ MONGOL800 opened for Green Day on their 2002 tour of Japan. ∙ Their 2004 LP, Momo, hit No. 4 on the Japanese charts, and over the course of more than a decade, the band’s next five studio albums—all of them indie releases—also placed in the Top 10. ∙ After years of shunning interview and press requests, MONGOL800 finally appeared on TV in 2007, allowing broadcaster NHK to document their tour of the remote Ryukyu Islands. ∙ Since 2009, the band has thrown their own festival, What a Wonderful World!!, which takes place semi-annually in their native Okinawa.


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