Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada)

Cornelius—his name is an allusion to Planet of the Apes—is an exceptionally original Japanese pop musician who defies explanation or categorization. After being in a few bands including Flipper's Guitar he started his solo career in the early 1990s.

In my opinion, some of his best songs are "Star Fruits Surf Rider," "New Music Machine," and "Chapter 8," both on the album Fantasma. He has also released excellent remixes of Money Mark's "Maybe I'm Dead" (on his album) and Beck's "Mixed Bizness" (on the Mixed Bizness single)*. CM. *corrected 24 Mar 2002