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Samurai is a legendary chromatic rock band featured throughout the Cyberpunk series, for whom music was a way to rebel against corporations. They are featured in Cyberpunk 2077, where they are musically portrayed by real life punk band Refused.

History[]

2000s - 2008[]

The band was originally founded by Johnny Silverhand and Kerry Eurodyne,[2] though the group's name was coined by Nancy Hartley, inspired by fact that historical samurai were willing to die for their cause, even if it was immoral or just plain wrong. Nancy thought that kind of blind loyalty was very stupid, and so she decided to take the name and turn it around into a "street" meaning as a form of mockery. Johnny and Kerry simply thought it sounded cool.[3]

Samurai started as a back-street band, playing in various bars and clubs around Night City, such as the Palladium, Destiny, or Nexus.[4] Their first gig ever was played at the Red Dirt bar.[5]

One night in 2003, after playing in the Rainbow Cadenza, the band was approached by a blitzed 'dorpher, who offered to sign them after witnessing their impressive act; this man turned out to be none other than Jack Masters, the head executive at Universal Music at the time. Within three weeks, Samurai was signed, had a record in production, and was preparing to tour every major city in the world. It took only these three weeks for their first single, "Blistering Love," to achieve #1 hit on the EuroCharts, which soon they followed up with the album, being one of the few times a debut album achieved such status in such a short time.[4][6]

During the next years, Samurai toured around the world, playing concerts with an audience of thousands of people, even managing to sell out the whole Wembley Stadium.[4] They released a total of six albums — with three being studio work, and the other three being concerts and jam sessions optioned by Universal.[7]

In early 2007, the band suffered a blow that would later be decisive. Nancy (keyboardist) was dating a guy whom she eventually married. The rest of the band members didn't see it at first, but ten weeks after the ceremony they realized Nancy's husband was mistreating her. One day, she finally got the courage to talk about it with the other members after her husband tried to force her to quit Samurai. For Johnny and Kerry that was the last straw, and that same day they decided to go to their apartment to kick his ass, but by the time they got there it was already too late. Nancy's husband had started to beat her again, and she, deciding she'd had enough, threw him out of the window from their 83rd story apartment. Nancy was arrested, and after the trial she was convicted to seven months of prison. During that timespan, the band firmly supported her.

By 2008, Nancy finally got out of jail, focused on returning with the rest of Samurai. Unfortunately, those seven months of inactivity had put a split in the band that they were not able to heal, eventually realizing they were each going on different creative directions. Soon afterwards, they all went on their separate ways.[4][6]

Henry (bassist) went to work on a human interface prototype, but an accident fried his brain and he had to rebuild his mind. Denny (drummer) joined a band called Mastermind, which went well for her. Nancy decided to change her name to Bes Isis, and went on to become a major media presence on N54 News. Johnny and Kerry went on to have successful solo careers, usually touring together as a double ticket.[6]

2020s[]

Some sources claim Samurai got together for a reunion tour in 2020, while others state the tour and reunion were simply a joke Johnny made up, mentioning that Samurai couldn't even get to play in an arena, despite older sources mentioning they did world-wide tours.[8][9][10]

In 2023, Johnny was recording a new song in one of his studios, which would eventually be credited under the name Samurai, but unfortunately he never got to release it as most of its recordings were lost in the Night City Holocaust, the same incident which took away Silverhand.[11] The last gig Johnny and Kerry ever did together was presumably in The Hammer, being the last time both rockerboys saw each other.[12]

2030s - 2070s[]

The unreleased song was rediscovered by a group of Edgerunners, one of them being a rockerboy named Lilayah, who was looking for the song after having found a partial record. This eventually led them to get the original studio version. Afterwards the song was released to the public.[11]

During the timespan between the 2030s and the 2070s, and probably due to the loss of the Old Net, much of the band's history was lost and forgotten, as some authors wrote about Samurai as a band that never achieved major success while old reviews said otherwise.[13]

By the 2070s, some of Samurai's songs were still played on a few of Night City's radio stations — of note was Maximum Mike's 107.3 Morro Rock Radio.[14]

In 2077, most of the original band got together to play a last gig in the Red Dirt bar, which almost a century later was still standing.[5]

Members[]

Main members[]

  • Johnny Silverhand — vocals and lead/rhythm guitar (2003 - 2008)
  • Kerry Eurodyne — vocals and lead/rhythm guitar (2003 - 2008, 2077)
  • Nancy Hartley — keyboard (2003 - 2008, 2077)
  • Denny — drums (2003 - 2008, 2077 dependent)
  • Henry — bass (2003 - 2008, 2077 dependent)

Last gig members[]

  • V / Johnny Silverhand — backing vocals and lead/rhythm guitar (2077)
  • Drausin — bass, drums (2077)

Discography[]

Albums[]

A total of six albums were released between 2003 and 2008. Three were studio work, and the other three were concerts and jam sessions.[7]

Title Year Label
Blistering Love, Collector's Edition[15] January 1, 2007[sic][15] Universal Music
Chippin' In, Collector's Edition[16][17] May 19, 2020[sic][17] / March 27, 2004[sic][15]

Songs[]

Title Album Year Label
Blistering Love Single;[6] Blistering Love[15] 2003[6] Universal Music
Dissolute Game Blistering Love Universal Music
Seven Virtues Blistering Love Universal Music
Hostility, Brutality Blistering Love Universal Music
Cyber Sexcapades Blistering Love Universal Music
Titanium Skin Blistering Love Universal Music
Five Rings Blistering Love Universal Music
When Love Runs Low Blistering Love Universal Music
Binocular Eyes Blistering Love Universal Music
No Man Anymore Blistering Love Universal Music
Bleed the Beat[18]
Archangel
The Ballad of Buck Ravers
A Like Supreme
Iron Pump Chippin' In
Cybercell Chippin' In
My Marionette Chippin' In
War Crisis Chippin' In
Braindead Chippin' In
Chippin' In Chippin' In[17]
Black and Blue and Red Chippin' In
Hell's Blade Chippin' In
Too Much, Too Little Chippin' In
The Hostess Chippin' In
Drowning Call Chippin' In
Metal Grave Chippin' In
Never Fade Away Single
Black Dog N/A 2023 (unreleased) / Time of the Red (rediscovered)[11] N/A

Release dates consistency[]

The release dates of some of these albums and songs is inconsistent in within the Cyberpunk series. In Cyberpunk 2077 there are multiple dates for a same album, and some don't match the lifespan of Samurai.

  • Chippin' In album — Two different dates are given: March 27, 2004 and May 19, 2020. In the meantime, the Chippin' In song has been stated to have been written and composed by Johnny Silverhand for his 2013 album Cool Metal Fire.
  • Blistering Love album — Originally a single which later was released as a full album. The song is supposed to be the debut release of Samurai under Universal Music, which happened in 2003 and differs from the January 1, 2007 date given in Cyberpunk 2077.
  • Never Fade Away song — As with Chippin' In, this song was written and composed by Silverhand for his 2013 Cool Metal Fire album. Though the band was dissolved in 2008, making an April 16, 2009 release unlikely.

Associated Items (2077)[]

It's only natural that the hit band Samurai would have merchandise to help their eager fans start "the revolution." These of course being the various items that can be encountered and/or equipped by V in Cyberpunk 2077.

Clothes[]

Miscellaneous[]

Shards[]

Notes[]

  • In the Never Fade Away mini adventure, it is reported that Samurai re-unite for a one-off concert to cover the assault on the Arasaka facility to rescue Alt. As none of the other members are mentioned, it can be assumed this was a mistake and Johnny played a solo show.
  • In Cyberpunk 2077, V can choose one of the Samurai songs — Chippin' In, Never Fade Away or Archangel — to play for Kerry in the quest Holdin' On.
  • In 2077, Kerry's manager had a yacht named Seamurai.
  • While in the Black Dog story the song is said to be a Johnny Silverhand creation (being recorded years after Samurai's breakup), in Cyberpunk 2077 it is said to be a song from Samurai.

Trivia[]

  • Despite the band being named Samurai, the logo is actually that of an "oni" which is a kind of yōkai that appears in Japanese mythology. The oni mask that would cover someone's face fully were not as popular with samurai as the menpo which covered the lower half of the face.
    • Oni (Japanese: 鬼 or おに, meaning "ogre, demon") are monstrous horned humanoids who are found in countless Japanese stories and myths. They tend to be the enemies of mankind, and are generally depicted as roguish villains.
  • Japanese Oi! band Goushi uses a slightly reminiscent oni-shaped logo.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. J Gray on the R. Talsorian Games Discord: "But, yes. Johnny didn't play his last concert with Samurai (a band that had broken up a decade or so before), get on a AV, approach Arasaka tower with no real opposition all with no signs a war was currently raging in the city."
  2. PIGGYBACK. Cyberpunk 2077 - The Complete Official Guide. Special Edition. Piggyback Interactive, 2020. (p.10)
  3. Mike Pondsmith on Reddit
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 FISK, C. Rockerboy Sourcebook. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1989. (p.8)
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Like Supreme (quest)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Countdown to the Dark Future (#1,#2)
  7. 7.0 7.1 MACDONALD, M. Home of the Brave. 1st ed., Berkeley, CA, R. Talsorian Games, 1992. (p.41)
  8. Samurai 2020 Tour T-shirt
  9. Samurai: Swords Crossed - "Eurodyne confessed that he left Samurai no less than two separate times."
  10. Samurai fan website - "... not to mention his (Johnny) sense of humor. One time he printed shirts for a 2020 worldwide concert tour - it's funny because Samurai couldn't even get an arena gig in the states. He picked some really random places... Beijing, Sapporo, Katowice. Happen to have one of the shirts myself. Too bad no one got the joke."
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Black Dog (story)
  12. Holdin' On - "What'd Silverhand tell me before he died?"
  13. Eurodyne: The Unauthorized Biography; Kerry Eurodyne - "Second Conflict" - NEW ALBUM REVIEW
  14. CD Projekt RED. Cyberpunk 2077. Video Game, Multi-Platform. Poland, CD Projekt S.A., 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Villa Eurodyne - Samurai vinyls displayed on the ground floor
  16. Chippin' In album texture
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Time Machine - Chippin' In album on the vinyls' display section
  18. Boat Drinks - Kerry: "Bleed the Beat." Eh, wrote it during a cruise ship gig. [...] But man, was that a hit... One of Samurai's biggest."
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