Shimizu’s career as a saxophone player took off in the 1970s. He released his first solo album, Get You, in 1978 and from 1980 won a following with his experimental rock band Mariah, with whom he released five albums.
Mariah’s final recording Utakata No Hibi (1983) weaved traditional Japanese festival rhythms with rock tempos and sounds. Over the same period Shimizu recorded solo albums including IQ 179 (1981) and Kakashi (1982), which built on the alternative-music foundations set down by Mariah.
Bass, Drum – Morio Watanabe
Chorus – Minako Yoshida
Drum – Hideo Yamaki
Guitar – Kazumi Watanabe, Takayuki Hijikata
Keyboards, Synthesizer – Masanori Sasaji
Saxophone, Vocals, Chorus – Yasuaki Shimizu
Synthesizer, Drum – Ryuichi Sakamoto
Vocals – Satoshi Murakami