Spitz played local clubs and in 1990 released their debut record, the single "Hibari no Kokoro," with their eponymous first LP following the next year. However, the confusion in the musical world during the early '90s, paired with the band's lack of ambition, left Spitz in relative obscurity. The band recorded the LPs Namae wo Tsuketeyaru and Hoshi no Kakera, and released an orchestrated mini-album Aurora ni Narenakatta Hito no Tame Ni, but the Top 100 still evaded them until 1994, when the single off their fourth album, Crispy!, charted for the first time. This helped Kusano regain his wavering confidence, and the fifth album, Sora no Tobikata, scored a solid number 14 on the Oricon charts. However, the real payoff for five albums' worth of hard work came with the single "Robinson," which sold 1.6 million copies. That was the breakthrough: sixth album Hachimitsu (1995) became a million seller, as did the singles "Cherry" and "Sora mo Toberu Hazu," the latter of which was used in a TV drama Hakusen Nagashi and has since become a standard hymn for high-school graduation ceremonies. Around that time, Spitz also began giving extensive tours, playing 40 venues in 1995 and 70 in 1996 -- a good way to reward the fans from a band that refused to play Budokan in fear of losing contact with its audience.
Spitz continued their stable career in the late '90s and 2000s, even though they tried something different -- LPs Hayabusa and Mikazuki Rock, done with a recording engineer from Los Angeles, were touted as a return to their hard rock roots, although they are hardly heavier than Bon Jovi. The band took a break in 2003 and 2004, but their songs continued to appear in TV ads and dramas, and as the group's 20th anniversary was drawing closer, Spitz got back to work, releasing not only a compilation disc but two more albums (in 2006 and 2007), and providing a number of songs for the anime/film franchise Honey & Clover. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi