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Cibo Matto (pronounced [ˈtʃiːbo ˈmatto], Italian for "crazy food") was a band formed by Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori in New York City in 1994. Initially, the lyrics were primarily concerned with food, before expanding into broader subject matter following the addition of Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis, and Duma Love to the band, showcased on their second studio album.
While Honda and Hatori are Japanese expatriates, the group initially did not gain nearly as large a following in Japan as it did in the United States. However, their first album Viva! La Woman sold 40,000 copies in Japan. Success in the U.S. was larger with over 74,000 copies sold. Over time, the group's following in Japan grew, which resulted in their signing to Japanese record label Commmons in 2014.
After an almost decade-long hiatus, Honda and Hatori reunited as Cibo Matto in 2011, playing a series of concerts and recording new material. They released their third and final studio album Hotel Valentine on February 14, 2014. It peaked at number 168 on the Billboard 200. Cibo Matto announced their split in December 2017.
Last Updated: April 28, 2019