Jamming Birds (ジャミングバーズ Jamingu Bāzu) is a musical group from Macross 7. The group was founded to rival Fire Bomber's Sound Force, and auditions were held in City 7 during a "Jamming Birds contest". Promotion for the group were handled by Sweet Velvet Music Productions under Honey Suzuki. Their most famous single was "Riding in Your Valkyrie", a song that featured previously in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again.
|“||You too can be a hero like Sound Force!||”|
—Jamming Birds Recruitment Ad
Various amateurs tried out during the "Jamming Birds Contest", including Ripple Chitose, who said she was inspired by the legendary Lynn Minmay. Milia Fallyna Jenius also auditioned for a position in the group, singing "Banana Moon of Love", but was quickly turned down. Lead scientist Dr. Chiba, presided as one of the judges during the contest, asking very specific questions to the contestants, such as their measurements, or whether they've been in love. Macross 7 bridge adjutant Exsedol Folmo expressed doubt on the project but looked at the bright side, saying “Even if it’s futile, at least it’s nice to look at young women in bathing suits.” Once the unit was formed, both singers and musicians utilized a special VF-11D Thunderbolt "Jamming Bird" fighter.
Ultimately, the Jamming Birds experiment is a failure for a variety of reasons, from their cheap costumes, poor singing and overall ineffectiveness during combat situations. They did see limited success in the final battle against the Protodeviln. The group eventually disbanded, but according to the Mylene Beat manga, several of its former members joined Mylene Flare Jenius' new group, the Jamming Angels.
Notes & TriviaEdit
- Macross 7's 32th episode, Jamming Birds, contained several musical references to Super Dimensional Fortress Macross II: Lovers Again.
- The name Jamming Birds originated from Basara's singer Yoshiki Fukuyama’s band, Humming Bird.