Access (group)

Infobox musical artist
Name = access


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Background =
Birth_name =
Alias = AXS
Born = Daisuke: November 4, 1967
Hiro: June 2, 1969
Origin = flagicon|Japan
Instrument = Daisuke: Synthesizer
Hiro: Vocals
Genre = J-pop
Occupation =
Years_active = 1992 - 1995, 2002 - present
Label = Funhouse (1992-1995)
Antinos (2002-2003)
Sony Music Associated (2006 - ~)
Associated_acts =
URL = http://www.access-web.jp/
Notable_instruments = "Keytar" (Yamaha KX5 Midi Controller)

access (earlier known as AXS) is a Japanese popular music group. Its members are Daisuke Asakura and Hiroyuki Takami. It is a part of Sony Music Japan.

access was formed in 1991 after singer Hiroyuki Takami performed as a guest vocalist for upcoming songwriter/producer Daisuke Asakura. From the start, Daisuke Asakura said he felt a connection with Hiroyuki Takami.

The two went on to record three albums before announcing their break-up in 1995 for unknown reasons. Scandals and rumors surround the reason for the break-up to this day.

In 2002 the two reunited with much fanfare. access' reunion was well-received and many fans resurfaced with the release of the album "Crossbridge." The next album, "rippin' GHOST" was considerably less successful and was considered by Sony Music of Japan to be a flop. access recently became an independent act, though Hiroyuki Takami is still under contract to Sony for his solo works.

access is famous for its homosexual fanservice. The two have often hugged and kissed on stage, as well as made gay themed promotional videos (PV). They also endorsed a novel and comic named "Sequence Meditation," based on a novel by Akio Inoue who has written song for not only them but would later go on to write lyrics for T.M.Revolution, as well as their 2002 return single "Only The Love Survive." The novel tells the story of EXAS with members Ryousuke Asakura (Daisuke Asakura) and Takayuki Fujimi (Hiroyuki Takami) who break up at the end of the novel. The comic cuts off leaving out the graphic sex scene the novel has. A second book and comic called "Protonics" was made. The comic left in a sex scene and was not endorsed by Access. Daisuke Asakura encouraged fans to read the book claiming "It has truth in it." On a 1997 radio interview Hiroyuki Takami dismissed speculation of his sexuality by saying, "I am not gay."

AXS is their written nickname. While spelt AXS, it is actually not an "X" but two inturned arrows ("A-><-S"). The nickname was coined by Takami. It first appeared on the group's debut album "FAST ACCESS" on the last page of the lyrics book. AXS replaced the group's name on their third single "NAKED DESIRE." The logo has many variations depending on its use.

There is only one album that has "AXS" credited as the group's name: "AXS Remix Best Tracks." In all albums from 1993-1995 song production was credited as "songs by AXS."

Before their reunion in 2002, the logo and nickname have not been used except as credits for remixed songs on the album and tour DVDs of "Crossbridge."

In 2006 for the "blanc" and "rouge" tour, AXS reappeared sporting a coat of arms for the tour's logo.

In 2007, the duo performed the opening theme of STAGE24 & 25, and did the third opening of D.Gray-Man, and the PV for that song can be seen now as well.

In July, 2008, their new single "Dream Runner" started being aired as the opening theme of a TV drama series Here is Greenwood.

Discography

ingles

; [26.11.1992] Virgin Emotion
# Virgin Emotion
# Be NUDE; [25.01.1993] JEWELRY ANGEL
# JEWELRY ANGEL
# AGAINST THE RULES
# VIRGIN EMOTION(INSTRUMENTAL MIX); [26.05.1993] Naked Desire
# Naked Desire
# Every Time You
# Jewelry Angel (instrumental mix); [25.08.1993] Moonshine Dance
# Moonshine Dance
# Lyin' Eyes
# Naked Desire (intrumental mix); [08.12.1993] TRY AGAIN
# TRY AGAIN
# JUNGLING PARTY
# MOONSHINE DANCE [Instrumental Mix] ; [26.01.1994] 夢を見たいから (Yume Wo Mitaikara)
# 夢を見たいから
# US
# TRY AGAIN (Instrumental Mix); [27.04.1994] Misty Heartbreak
# Misty Heartbreak
# Stoned Merge
# 夢を見たいから (instrumental mix); [25.05.1994] SWEET SILENCE
# SWEET SILENCE
# DECADE & XXX; [19.08.1994] DRASTIC MERMAID
# DRASTIC MERMAID
# SEQUENCE MEDITATION~超電導思考回路 第一楽章 覚醒
# SWEET SILENCE [INSTRUMENTAL MIX] ; [25.08.1994] DRASTIC MERMAID Re-sync Style; [19.10.1994] SCANDALOUS BLUE
# SCANDALOUS BLUE
# SEQUENCE MEDITATION~超電導思考回路 第二楽章 混乱
# DRASTIC MERMAID [INSTRUMENTAL MIX] ; [26.10.1994] SCANDALOUS BLUE Re-sync Style; [07.12.1994] TEAR'S LIBERATION
# TEAR'S LIBERATION
# SEQUENCE MEDITATION~超電導思考回路 第三楽章 解放
# SCANDALOUS BLUE (INSTRUMENTAL MIX); [14.12.1994] TEAR'S LIBERATION Re-sync Style; [23.01.2002] Only the love survive
# Only the love survive
# LOOK-A-HEAD ; [27.02.2002] EDGE
# EDGE
# Especially Kiss; [19.02.2003] REAL AT NIGHT ~眠れぬ夜の向こうに~ (REAL AT NIGHT ~Nemurenu Yoru No Muko Ni~)
# REAL AT NIGHT ~眠れぬ夜の向こうに~; [31.01.2007] diamond cycle
# Stay
# Bright Sight
# Inner Cycle
# CATCH THE RAINBOW; [18.07.2007] 瞳ノ翼 (Hitomi No Tsubasa)
# 瞳ノ翼
# 瞳ノ翼(TV size version)
# 瞳ノ翼(Instrumental); [31.10.2007] Doubt & Trust ~ダウト&トラスト~
# Doubt & Trust ~ダウト&トラスト~
# GONNA BE
# Doubt & Trust ~ダウト&トラスト~ (Instrumental); [27.08.2008] Dream Runner
# Dream Runner
# PARADISE
# Dream Runner (TV version)
# Dream Runner (Instrumental)

Albums

; [25.04.1993] Fast Access
# SENSUAL GLIDE
# VIRGIN EMOTION
# PALE BLUE RAIN
# JEWELRY ANGEL (DEEP AXS MIX)
# DISTANCE~Motomeauniwa Tosugite~
# HOT CRUISING NIGHT (ORIGINAL AXS)
# AGAINST THE RULES
# CAN-DEE GRAFFITI
# BE NUDE
# PERFECT TIMING
# LOOK-A-HEAD

; [22.09.1993] Access II; [08.05.1994] Misty Heartbreak Re-Sync Style; [25.05.1994] Delicate Planet
# SILVER HEART
# MISTY HEARTBREAK -West Side Mix-
# Yume wo mitai kara -West Side Mix-
# STAY MY LOVE
# STONED MERGE -West Side Mix-
# PINK JUNKTION
# REGRET
# DECADE & XXX
# SWEET SILENCE -West Side Mix-
# TRY AGAIN -West Side Mix-
# FIND NEW WAY
# BEAT PLANET; [15.03.1995] Live Ones Sync - Across Japan Tour '93-'94; [15.03.1995] Live Zeros Sync - Across Japan Tour '93-'94; [01.10.1995] AXS Single Tracks; [23.06.1999] Sync - Beat Box -893 Days-; [20.03.2002] Crossbridge
# "born a cross"(instruments)
# SHAKE THE SUNRISE
# Only the love survive ~PK mix~
# JEWELRY ANGEL 2002 ~Platonic Eye~
# MOONSHINE DANCE 2002 ~Return to Star~
# 夢を見たいから 2002 ~Soul The Future Love~
# 777 trois seven
# AGAINST THE RULES 2002 ~AA trance~
# Grand Muse
# EDGE ~PK mix~
# "cross a bridge"(instruments); [05.02.2003] Rippin' GHOST
# -a-bstract GHOST
# KISS MY -a- SOUL
# BREAK THROUGH THE BIG TOWN
# White Lights
# REAL AT NIGHT ~眠れぬ夜の向こうに~
# FLY HIGH,FLY AWAY ~IN-COMER ANDROID~
# balearic GHOST
# VIEW
# OZONE,IN THE NATIVE
# ANOTHER DAY
# Hung Me For The Distance ~絆された愛の果てに~; [09.04.2003] Re-sync GHOST
# REAL AT NIGHT (truancy mix)
# REAL AT NIGHT (knockin'barrier mix)
# White Lights (lovely'snowy'mix)
# White Lights (deep valentine mix)
# Hung Me For The Distance (pascal talk mix)
# Hung Me For The Distance (preservative mix)
# FLY HIGH,FLY AWAY IN-COMER ANDROID (extended dub mix)
# OZONE,IN THE NATIVE (extended dub mix); [04.07.2007] binary engine
# Awake
# closet
# Life goes on
# Wild in the desert
# SUMMER NIGHT BREEZER
# biologic engine(Instrumental)
# Gone too Soon
# Shadow over the world
# High and Scream
# 瞳ノ翼~binary version; [21.11.2007] access best selection:Disc 1
# VIRGIN EMOTION
# JEWELRY ANGEL
# NAKED DESIRE
# MOONSHINE DANCE
# TRY AGAIN
# 夢を見たいから
# MYSTY HEARTBREAK
# SWEET SILENCE
# DRASTIC MERMAID
# SCANDALOUS BLUE
# TEAR'S LIBERATION
# Only the love survive
# EDGE
# REAL AT NIGHT ~眠れぬ夜の向こうに~
# 瞳ノ翼
# Doubt & Trust ~ダウト&トラスト~:Disc 2
# SEQUENCE MEDITATION ~超電導思考回路 第一楽章 覚醒~
# FIND NEW WAY
# BE NUDE
# LYIN' EYES (CROSSBRIDGE ver. 2002)
# STONED MERGE (blanc and rouge ver.2006)
# DECADE & ×××(SUMMER STYLE ver.2002)
# BEAT PLANET (binary engine ver.2007)
# SHAKE THE SUNRISE
# AGAINST THE RULES 2002 ~AA trance~
# Hung Me For The Distance ~絆された愛の果てに~
# balearic GHOST
# Stay
# Life goes on
# STAY MY LOVE:Disc 3
# SUMMER NIGHT BREEZER
# closet
# Especially Kiss
# White Lights
# PALE BLUE RAIN
# JUNGLING PARTY
# NIGHT WAVE
# AGAINST THE RULES
# SILVER HEART (binary engine version 2007)
# CATCH THE RAINBOW
# VIEW
# OZONE, IN THE NATIVE
# Grand Muse
# LOOK-A-HEAD

DVD

; [20.03.1993] FAST ACCESS LOOKING 4 REFLEXIONS; [18.10.1993] SECOND ACCESS LOOKING 4 REFLEXIONS II; [09.02.1994] LIVE REFLEXIONS ACCESS TO SECOND; [02.06.1994] LOOKING 4 REFLEXIONS III DELICATE PLANET; [19.12.1994] LOOKING 4 REFLEXIONS IV SEQUENCE MEDITATION; [01.03.1995] LIVE REFLEXIONS II SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '94 DELICATE PLANET ARENA STYLE; [21.08.2002] Access Tour 2002 "Crossbridge" Live at Tokyo International Forum; [19.03.2003] Access Live Sync - Across 2002 "Summer Style" Live at Nippon Budokan; [26.03.2008] access 15TH ANNIVERSARY DVD BOX

Live Performances

; [20.03.1993 ~ 16.04.1993] 1993 FAST ACCESS TOUR '93; [18.10.1993 ~ 28.12.1993] 1993 SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '93 ACCESS TO SECOND; [02.06.1994 ~ 02.09.1994] 1994 SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '94 DELICATE PLANET; [12.12.1994 ~ 19.12.1994] 1994 SYNC-ACROSS JAPAN TOUR '94 DELICATE PLANET ARENA STYLE; [23.04.2002 ~ 26.05.2002] access TOUR 2002 CROSSBRIDGE; [27.08.2002 ~ 28.08.2002] access TOUR 2002 "SUMMER STYLE"; [04.04.2003 ~ 01.06.2003] access TOUR 2003 -Livin' GHOST; [01.07.2005 ~ 10.07.2005] access TOUR 2005 CATCH THE SUMMER; [30.07.2005 ~ 20.08.2005] access JOINT 2005 -FILM,TALK and LIVE EVENT-; [05.04.2006 ~ 21.04.2006] access TOUR 2006 "blanc" and "rouge"; [07.02.2007 ~ 07.03.2007] access Tour 2007 diamond cycle; [29.07.2007 ~ 25.08.2007] access TOUR 2007 -binary engine- ~Zepp Version~; [06.07.2007 ~ 10.09.2007] access TOUR 2007 -binary engine- ~Hall version~; [12.07.2008 ~ 04.08.2008] access TOUR 2008

External links

* [http://www.access-web.jp/ access] access Official Website (Japanese)
* [http://playlog.jp/access_15th/blog access Staff Blog (Japanese)]
* [http://www.danet.ne.jp/ DAnet] Daisuke Asakura Official Website (Japanese)
* [http://www.guanbarl.jp/LINKS/takami/ Takami Hiroyuki: Official Site] Hiroyuki Takami Official Website (Japanese)


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