"GLAY" （グレイ） is a popular rock/pop band from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan formed by guitarist Takuro and vocalist Teru during high school in 1988. Takuro was heavily influenced by bands such as The Beatles and legendary Japanese rock band BOOWY, and took a great interest in composing original songs and lyrics at a young age. The band say "GLAY" is a deliberate misspelling of the word "gray", which represents the style of music they wanted to play; a mixture between rock (black) and pop (white). An ironic offshoot of this choice is that the name of the band is universally mocked by the English-speaking community in Japan, as this 'deliberate' misspelling reflects a common mistake amongst Japanese learners of English. Apparently, the choice of misspelling was influenced by the Beatles' pun on the the word 'beetle' (not strictly a misspelling as 'beat' is in fact a word). Although GLAY primarily composes songs in the rock genre, they have also composed songs in everything ranging from reggae to gospel. They are a successful and well known band in Japan, and most of Asia.
TAKURO : real name Takuro Kubo : guitar (leader and primary songwriter)
TERU : real name ...
|years active||1994 - Present (time)|
|music genre||Rock (music)|
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