Frank Chickens

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Frank Chickens are a Japanese Pop Art music performance group founded in London in 1982. Started as a duo with Kazuko Hohki and Kazumi Taguchi, the band has now expanded to a dozen members, including the Tsugaru Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa and the Enka (Japanese chanson) singer Akari Mochizuki.

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Frank Chickens are a Japanese musical group based in London, who have performed songs mainly in English from 1982.They were nominated for the 1984 Edinburgh Comedy Award for their performance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In the same year, their single "Blue Canary" was number 42 in BBC DJ John Peel's Festive Fifty, a poll of his listeners' favourite tracks of the year. The band recorded 28 songs over five sessions for Peel between 1983 and 1989.In 1989 they hosted a television chat show on Channel 4 entitled Kazuko's Karaoke Klub.One of the founders of the group, Kazuko Hohki performs as a theatre artist and performance artist. She also sang with the group Kahondo Style who released 'My Heart’s In Motion' (1985) and 'Green Tea and Crocodiles' (1987). She is married to record producer Grant Showbiz.In 2010 the group won the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy God Award, after the public responded to an e-mail sent in anger by comedian Stewart Lee to the organisers of the award.The band was named by Kazuko Hohki after a brand of Japanese pencil.