The Cro-Magnons

The Cro-Magnons (ザ・クロマニヨンズ, Za Kuromaniyonzu) is a Japanese rock band founded in July 2006 by Hiroto Kōmoto (vocals) and Masatoshi Mashima (guitar), both previously of The Blue Hearts and The High-Lows, with Masaru Kobayashi (bass) and Katsuji Kirita (drums).

The Cro-Magnons
The Cro-Magnons live in Japan, 2011
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresPunk rock
Years active2006–present
LabelsAriola Japan,
BMG Japan/Happysong
Associated actsThe Blue Hearts,
The High-Lows,
Nil, Sads, Gargoyle
MembersHiroto Kōmoto (Vocals)
Masatoshi Mashima (Guitar)
Masaru Kobayashi (Bass)
Katsuji Kirita (Drums)


After The High-Lows ceased activity in November 2005, Mashima proposed forming a new band with Kōmoto. Due to an introduction from a recording engineer named Satoshi Kawaguchi, known from the time of The Blue Hearts, Kobayashi and Kirita joined the formation of The Cro-Magnons. The name of the band came after Mashima and Komoto saw The Rolling Stones perform live at the Nagoya Dome. Their first album had already been recorded and the band was tentatively named "Kuromaniyonzu".

With their album due to be finished in the winter of 2006, they appeared all over the country in summer music events without announcement and without a name. On the net, people blinked and wondered "Is this Hiroto and Mashi's new band?" Before their live performance on Osaka's "Meet The World Beat 2006," news of their appearance was leaked and some of the crowd called out "Hiroto!", "Mashi!". With a bitter smile, the band members said "It wasn't a secret at all." At 1:41pm on July 23, The Cro-Magnons made their first official appearance as a band.[1] Two months later, on September 20, the band began their first nationwide tour, "The Cro-Magnons Shutsugen Tour!!" (ザ・クロマニヨンズ出現ツアー!! The Cro-Magnons Appear Tour!!).[1]

The band had a second tour in early 2007, entitled "Haru no Uraura Matsuri" (春のウラウラ祭り Spring Gently Shining Festival), with 16 performances nationwide.[1]

The Cro-Magnons continue to be prolific in their songwriting and touring. The most recent tour for the Rainbow Thunder album began November 7, 2018 going until April 20, 2019.

Band members

Founders, Hiroto Kōmoto and Masatoshi Mashima, worked together in two previous bandsThe Blue Hearts and The High-Lows. Bassist Masaru Kobayashi previously performed with Sads and Soy Sauce Sonix. He is currently involved in nil. Drummer Katsuji Kirita also performs with Gargoyle.



Title Release Date Peak chart positions
Oricon[2] Japan Hot 100[3]
Tariho* (タリホー)
  • TallyHo has been suggested but there is no English equivalent in this context
2006.09.20 3×
Paper Plane (紙飛行機) 2007.04.25 7×
Giri Giri Ga Gan Gan (ギリギリガガンガン) 2007.08.15 8×
Eight Bit (エイトビート) 2008.05.21 716
Speed and Knife (スピードとナイフ) 2008.08.27 1321
Glycerin Queen (グリセリン・クイーン) 2009.10.07 723
Motorcycle, Leather Jacket and Curry (オートバイと皮ジャンパーとカレー) 2010.10.20 920
Streamline/Tobinore! Bonnie! (流線型/飛び乗れ!ボニー!) 2011.03.02 1035
Number One SOB! (ナンバーワン野郎!) 2011.09.14 811
Rain or Shine (雷雨決行) 2011.12.14 822
Assault Rock (突撃ロック) 2012.05.23 1818
Flame (炎) 2012.12.12 1318
Kiss Made Ikeru (キスまでいける) 2014.08.06 16?
Erubisu Kari (エルビス仮) 2015.09.09 15?
Petenshi Rock (ペテン師ロック) 2016.09.14 ??
Donzoko (どん底) 2017.8.30 ??
Ikiru (生きる) 2018.09.29 ??
Crane Game 2019.08.28 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.


Title Release Date Peak chart position
The Cro-Magnons 2006.10.25 4
Cave Party 2007.09.12 7
Fire Age 2008.10.15 3
Mondo Roccia 2009.10.28 5
Oi! um bobo 2010.11.10 7
Ace Rocker 2012.01.18 6
Yeti vs. Cromagnon 2013.02.06 4
Gumbo Inferno 2014.09.24 4
Jungle 9 2015.10.21 3
Bimboroll 2016.11.02 5
Lucky & Heaven 2017.10.11 6
Rainbow Thunder 2018.10.10 ?
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.


  1. The Cro-Magnons. (in Japanese) The Cro-Magnons. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  2. "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved April 21, 2014. (subscription only)
  3. "Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
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