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Osaka Popstar is the pop-punk music and art project of singer/producer John
Cafiero, long-time Misfits & Ramones collaborator and platinum-selling film and
video director. The critically acclaimed debut album “Osaka Popstar & the
American Legends of Punk” features frontman Cafiero with a revolving lineup of
punk-rock legends as guests in his backing band including members of the
Misfits, Ramones, Black Flag, the Voidoids and more. Recent Osaka Popstar
releases include members of Superchunk, Bob Mould, The Smithereens, Roxy
Music, Milk ‘n’ Cookies, and the Dictators in the backing band.
Osaka Popstar transcends punk rock, comic books, and anime themes beyond
music alone with limited edition vinyl toy releases, collaborations with Topps;
having appeared in their Garbage Pail Kids & Wacky Packages series, and
animated Osaka Popstar music videos have even debuted on the Nintendo 3DS
gaming platform under license to Nintendo.
Cafiero’s longstanding collaborations with the Misfits remain consistent two
decades deep on both a creative and business level. Among other endeavors
Cafiero edited the acclaimed book “Commando: the Autobiography of Johnny
Ramone”, Directed the chart-topping “Ramones Raw” documentary, and modern
day cult-classic feature film “Big Money Hustlas” starring the Insane Clown
Posse, Rudy Ray Moore (aka “Dolemite”), WWE’s Mick Foley, & the Jerky Boys.
In addition to the legendary Misfits (currently headlining arena shows reuniting
Original Misfits co-founders Glenn Danzig & Jerry Only), Cafiero also manages
the Estate of Dee Dee Ramone (of the world famous Ramones). When the
Ramones received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2011, Cafiero had
the honor of accepting and speaking on behalf of the late punk icon.
Cafiero has produced music by everyone from punk icons the Misfits, to pop icon
Ronnie Spector—and most recently the #1 charting album “Dr. Demento
Covered in Punk” which he produced and conceived of. His band Osaka
Popstar’s cover of the ‘demented’ classic “Fish Heads” (from “Dr. Demento
Covered in Punk”) was ranked in the top 10 most requested songs of 2018 on
the Dr. Demento Show and now the focus of a fully-animated music video.