Before their breakup in 1997, Kome Kome Club was famous for lavish music and dance shows with ambitious costumes, sets and multi-media artistry. In 1992, their single Kimi ga Iru Dake de (???????) won the Japanese record first prize. After their breakup, vocalist Carl Smokey Ishii (Tatsuya Ishii) began a solo career late in 1997. K2C's horn section continued on under the name BIG HORNS BEE. They chose their name in honor of the American Tom Tom Club, using the word "kome" meaning rice in Japanese, to reflect their own nationality.