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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Taeko Ohnuki/Perfume-- Peter Rabbit to Watashi (ピーターラビットと私)

"Peter Rabbit to Watashi"(Peter Rabbit and Me) was another Taeko Ohnuki(大貫妙子)-Ryuichi Sakamoto(坂本龍一)collaboration that was indeed based on Beatrix Potter's famous fictional creation. It was released as a single on the same day (September 21 1982) that its mother album, "Cliche" was also released.

Compared to some of the other sweeping French songs that were also on the album such as "Kuro no Clair"黒のクレール...Clair Noir) and "Tourbillon", "Peter Rabbit" was the whimsically poppy tune that usually inhabited an early 80s Ohnuki album amongst the more epic entries. However, this was a tune that has also become part of any Best-of-Ohnuki package. According to a Japanese interview on the site Music Shelf, when Ohnuki was complimented on how fresh "Peter Rabbit" was with this techno arrangement, she replied that making the song with Sakamoto was enjoyable since he was just so into playing with all these techno instruments as if they were toys. However, she did make one request in that the song be kept real and not too much into the Yellow Magic Orchestra's realm. She had made a similar request to YMO a couple of years earlier when making the album "Romantique".

1 comment:

  1. This is a loving memory of my Japanese pen paltalk, Keiko Matsubara. I met her at Hanford High in 1989


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