Name: 菅止戈男 [スガシカオ] (Suga Shikao)
Date of Birth: July 28, 1966
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 171cm (5'6")
Weight: 57kg (125lbs)
Blood Type: O
Astrological Sign: Leo
Postion: Vocalist, Lyricist, Producer
Instrument: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass
Hobbies & Interests: Radio DJ, soccer, tropical islands, collecting badges and pins, AV critique, looking for delicious restaurants, decorative plants, going to Don Quixote (Japanese convenience store) late at night.
Skills: Can make good drip coffee, can write lyrics while drunk, can read manga very quickly
Weaknesses: Terrible memory, nosy, crowds, maintaining relationships, heights, television cameras
Favorite foods: Powdered cheese, powdered mustard, mayonnaise, soba, chicken
Least favorite foods: Pork belly, green peas, sweet side dishes
Tastes: I smoked two-and-a-half packs of cigarettes a day, but have been smoke-free since March 2002. I like red wine and coffee.
Favorite type of woman: Face like a dog
Weak points: Archetypal type-O. I put a scary amount of effort into the things I'm interested in, but ignore anything outside that. I like to think I'm a quick-thinking and urbane in front of people, but deep down I'm introverted, prone to loneliness (picked up from my father), poison-tongued, arrogant, selfish, and hate more than anything being ordered around by others. It's a lifestyle that would be supremely burdensome had I not become a musician.
Strong points: Optimistic about a lot of things, a hard worker, passionate about charity, strong sense of duty (Or so I think... my own judgement.), sadistic about all things.
Favorite music: I haven't listened to much rock in my past. I've listened to mostly soul, funk, and R&B since the 70's. More than up tempo stuff, I like solid black music with a strong message (I hate showy, flashy music).
Starting with Sly & the Family Stone and Prince, I like Marvin Gay, Danny Hathaway, Stevie, Chuck Brown, Curtis Mayfield, ZAPP, GCS, EW&F, Gil Scott Heron,... if I keep going like this there'll be no end, so I'll stop here. Coming from a different direction, Paco de Lucia and Takahashi Takeyama have been favorites for twenty years, and there's also Daniel Ho and Slack Hawaiian.... Recently I've been influenced by Damien Rice to listen to more UK rock.
I listen to plenty of Japanese music, too. Especially the Flying Kids when I was just starting out; the influence I took from them is immeasurable. I could go on naming artists forever; from singer-songwriters to funk, from the band scene to the popular and down into the genres for maniacs, I listen to it all.
Favorite Books: My favorite authors include Murakami Haruki, Ooe Kenzaburou, Shouji Kaoru, and many others. I prefer recent and new authors to old authors. Though in my youth I read enough comics to last a lifetime, I seem to have a taste for stories of clubs and groups; some titles I enjoyed are Kawa Yori mo Nagaku Yuruyaka Ni by Yoshida Akimi and Hachimitsu to Clover by Umino Chika. in addition I've enjoyed Bokunchi, Minami-kun no Koibito, Black Jack, etc. Recently I've been deeply into xxxHOLiC and Death Note. Of course as a musician I'm reading Nana, too.
Favorite Movie: The eternal number one is of course Godfather. I tend not to like fancy movies, but rather dark, heavy, and sad movies. Midnight Express, Se7en, Green Mile, Silence of the Lambs, Sixth Sense... again, the list is endless.