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THE CANDY SPOOKY THEATER: SCARY VISUAL KEI J-ROCK BAND.

Candy Spooky Theater, visual kei Japanese band fashion.

While at the NY Comic-Con, I received a copy of Manga Cafe, the quarterly Animefood magazine dedicated to manga, anime, J-rock music, and convention culture. I read the Feb/Mar 2008 issue front to back. If I had to pick a highlight, it would be the comprehensive interviews with Visual Kei bands (including BLOOD and Rentrer en Soi), accompanied by full-color glossy photos.

I laughed out loud when I read Manga Cafe’s chat with The Candy Spooky Theater, the Tim Burton-esque trio with a demented sense of humor. Formed in Tokyo in 2003, the band quickly became infamous for its wild on-stage antics and B-rated horror-inspired music. (For those of you playing the “She-male or Female?” guessing game, the answer is: all the members are men.) Here are some excerpts from their interview:

Candy Spooky Theater, scary Tokyo visual kei J-rock band with Lolita clothes and makeup.

† How did you pick your names?
Jack Spooky: I just felt the groove of the name and thought it fit me. Jack is a very generic name, yet it can remain a little mysterious.
Peggy Giggles: It just came to me.
Kiddy Skeleton: Me too.

† How did you meet?
J: Basically, Peggy and I were in a band called Dororo. That band broke up, and after a time we met Kiddy.

† And your parents’ reaction?
K: None of our parents have ever seen us on stage. They always say “Do something better with your life.”

† Do they know you perform?
J: They know that we wear makeup and perform on stage.
K: My parents called me right before I was getting on the plane, and I told them, “I can’t talk right now I am about to get on a plane to America to perform.” Then my mom started screaming at me and said, “You are still in that band?! You are leaving to America?!” So I told her I would call her back.

† Do you believe in Santa?
J: We really like Christmas, but in Japan, Christmas time is the day when couples hook up. So Christmas is a very annoying nuisance to guys, and it can be lonely.

† If you were not a musician, what would you be?
K: Lots of things.
J: An actor.
P: A fisherman.

† With a fisherman’s hat?
P: Yes! (laughs)
K: I think I would be… a homeless guy!

† What? A homeless guy?! (everyone laughs) With a homeless guy sign?
K: No sign. Just a house out of cardboard.

† Final message as a band?
J: We are not all scary, and we won’t eat your head alive.

† From the Feb/Mar 2008 issue of Manga Cafe, p57-60. You can listen to tracks by The Candy Spooky Theater on their MySpace.

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  2. Posted May 6, 2008 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    i love THE CANDY SPOOKY THEATER!!!!!!!

  3. Posted May 6, 2008 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I have actually been a fan of The Candy Spooky Theater since 2004.
    I don't think their music really classifies them as VKei.
    Often they do refer to themselves as “Horror-Kei.”
    And also, they don't come off as scary, very well put as “tim Burton-esque” as the band loves him.
    They have the sweet-morbid nature that most of Burton's creations possess.
    But, I really love how they are finally getting some recognition for their unique work.
    I saw them in NYC, and was heartbroken when I couldn't go to see them play in California!
    It also amuses me how they skip up Zull-san in the interview . . .but the break wasn't so good >.<.

    Nice post!

  4. Posted May 6, 2008 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Good points – their MySpace page describes them as a Halloween-esque Goth band, hee hee

    They do look like they belong in Halloweentown or Hell in The Corpse Bride!

    Amazing – I'd love to see them perform live…

  5. Posted May 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    kool i should totally check them carmina could u give me theyre offiacial myspace site so that i could check em out

  6. Posted May 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gina,
    Their MySpace site is http://www.myspace.com/candyspookytheatermurder
    :)

  7. Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I have actually been a fan of The Candy Spooky Theater since 2004.
    I don’t think their music really classifies them as VKei.
    Often they do refer to themselves as “Horror-Kei.”
    And also, they don’t come off as scary, very well put as “tim Burton-esque” as the band loves him.
    They have the sweet-morbid nature that most of Burton’s creations possess.
    But, I really love how they are finally getting some recognition for their unique work.
    I saw them in NYC, and was heartbroken when I couldn’t go to see them play in California!
    It also amuses me how they skip up Zull-san in the interview . . .but the break wasn’t so good >.<.

    Nice post!

  8. Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I have actually been a fan of The Candy Spooky Theater since 2004.
    I don’t think their music really classifies them as VKei.
    Often they do refer to themselves as “Horror-Kei.”
    And also, they don’t come off as scary, very well put as “tim Burton-esque” as the band loves him.
    They have the sweet-morbid nature that most of Burton’s creations possess.
    But, I really love how they are finally getting some recognition for their unique work.
    I saw them in NYC, and was heartbroken when I couldn’t go to see them play in California!
    It also amuses me how they skip up Zull-san in the interview . . .but the break wasn’t so good >.<.

    Nice post!

  9. Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Good points – their MySpace page describes them as a Halloween-esque Goth band, hee hee

    They do look like they belong in Halloweentown or Hell in The Corpse Bride!

    Amazing – I’d love to see them perform live…

  10. Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Good points – their MySpace page describes them as a Halloween-esque Goth band, hee hee

    They do look like they belong in Halloweentown or Hell in The Corpse Bride!

    Amazing – I’d love to see them perform live…

  11. Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    kool i should totally check them carmina could u give me theyre offiacial myspace site so that i could check em out

  12. Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    kool i should totally check them carmina could u give me theyre offiacial myspace site so that i could check em out

  13. Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gina,
    Their MySpace site is http://www.myspace.com/candyspookytheatermurder
    :)

  14. Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gina,
    Their MySpace site is http://www.myspace.com/candyspookytheatermurder
    :)

  15. Posted May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    i love this band!!! :D <3 <3 <3 i just wish zull stayed but i welcome kiddy skeleton too!! :]

  16. Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    i love this band!!! :D <3 <3 <3 i just wish zull stayed but i welcome kiddy skeleton too!! :]

  17. Posted May 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    i love this band!!! :D <3 <3 <3 i just wish zull stayed but i welcome kiddy skeleton too!! :]

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