You like Cibo Matto? More pretty than other bands. Squirt TV's most huggable adorable memorable moment to date was Cibo Matto jumping up and down in their animal cookie pajamas on Jake's bed while singing a punk version of "Know Your Chicken." (Sean Lennon accompanied them on guitar and laid down an amusingly mean riff). For an encore, with Yuka Honda on Hasbro piano, Miho's melodic and sentimental voice set the standard for future karaoke covers of Soundgarden's spacey anthem Black Hole Sun.
But they still serious. Some songs combine Laurie Anderson style musical landscapes (perfect make-out music) with Miho's poetic and surrealistic words: "My heart is like an artichoke --Your hands are like a rusty knife -- are you gonna keep peeling me? -What am I gonna be on the pan? -- Will I be burnt black -- Can you squeeze a lemon on me?"
Other songs more punk and rap, like Beastie Boys! In broken English Miho karate chops words like she a mean beeache from the hoods of Tokyo. Even though music hip-hop style, words not like, how you say? -- gangstas most mack mallin' Mickey D's. "You were born in the 60's - you made war with the Vietnamese - we loved LSD - We died easily - Can't we just say c'est la vie? Extra sugar Extra salt Extra oil and MSG - SHUT UP AND EAT -- TOO BAD NO BON APPETITE - YOU KNOW MY LOVE IS SWEET."
Miho says if she opened her own restaurant (food still not all they think about) she would serve, "A combination of international food, not like Burger King. We'd serve White Pepper Ice Cream and really interesting food. We want to create something new and good. I put together a nice dish of salmon and seaweed rolled together with cucumbers and and carrots. Very good."
Her other things think about: "I'm really interested in Tibet. I'm concerned with homeless and heavy drugs and stupid boys and dumb food, and really bad candy gum and blah, blah, blah, blah."
And she's sick of being compared to other Japanese bands: "We are not like Pizzicato Five or Shonen Knife. A lot of people compare us because we are Japanese also, it's really bullshit."
Misguided journalists should no fuck around with Cibo Matto, because Miho is a musical Bruce Lee: "I went to school of Karate and I was master. I kick a lot of assholes."
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