The Yellow Monkey

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The Yellow Monkey (ザ・イエロー・モンキー), often abbreviated as Yemon (イエモン), is a Japanese rock band originally active from 1988 to 2001, before officially disbanding in 2004. They announced their reformation in 2016.

Also known as : Yemon
Origin :Tokyo, Japan
Genres: Hard rock glam rock alternative rock
Years active: 1988–2004, 2016–present
Labels: Triad/Nippon Columbia,
BMG Funhouse/Ariola Japan


  • Kazuya Yoshii
  • Hideaki Kikuchi
  • Yoichi Hirose
  • Eiji Kikuchi

The band's name was derived from the ethnic slur that Japanese people look like monkeys, and that Asian people are said to be "yellow" in skin color. The Yellow Monkey took part in the first Fuji Rock Festival in 1997, and their song "Kyūkon" reached #1 on the Oricon weekly single charts in 1998.

The Yellow Monkey is considered and important rock groups of in Japan. Their achieve major success in Japan and was ranked 81 in HMV's list of the 100 most important Japanese pop acts. Outside Japan and Asia, the band was not popular, being remembered only for the song "Tactics", the ending theme song of the Rurouni Kenshin anime.


The Yellow Monkey songs