Cibo Matto went into the recording studio to record their first
major release, "Viva! La Woman", they pulled in all
their markers. They relied on the network of friends they had
made, to back them up in the studio. The guest list at the sessions
included Bernie Worrell of "Parliament" and "Funkadelic"
fame, Rick Lee of "Skeleton Key", Dougie Bowne of the
Lounge Lizards, members of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and
several other noteworthy musicians also were included in the recording
Matto brought in two top recording producers, Mitchell Froom and
Tchad Blake, to assist them on their project. Mitchell and Blake
had already attained a bit of notoriety in the recording industry.
Mitchell is a famous producer that has done work for Paul McCartney,
Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Elvis Costello and Los Lobos, among others.
Meanwhile, Tchad had some more minor success with his production
of a album for a band called Soul Coughing in 1994.The production
team of Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake masterful guided Cibo Matto
and the backing musicians through the course of the sessions.
Yuka and Miho made all the artistic choices on the album's production,
but they also realized the importance of listening to new ideas
and approaches that the producers brought to the table.
hard work that Yuka and Miho had put in over the years came together
in the release of the CD, "Viva! La Woman", in early
1996. With the distribution resources of Warner Brothers behind
them, Cibo Matto found a great deal of new success and popularity.
Material from the album found radio airplay on the FM and College
airwaves in America. A small tour of Europe also helped to establish
the band's foothold abroad. And of course they had also found
a following in their homeland of Japan.
Via! La Woman is composed of an eclectic musical collection that
ranges from a cover of Sammy Davis Jr.'s "The Candy Man"
to the stormy bleating rap explosions of Cibo Matto's "Birthday
Cake". The production includes funky grooves, techno tape
loops, guitar riffs, and a complete assortment of musical dialogues.
Cibo Matto demonstrated their ability to weld their off course
sense of humor with the art of creating catchy tunes and off beat
lyrics. Sometimes the music of Cibo Matto is spacey and ethereal,
while other times it is spastic and manic.
Food is the theme of this album and the songs titles included
such like as "White Pepper Ice Cream", "Beef Jerky",
and "Artichoke". The successful release of "Viva!
La Woman" launched Cibo Matto into the public eye.