I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for over 35 years, and have managed to collect hundreds of CDs during that time. So I decided I wanted to talk about Showa Era music with like-minded fans. My particular era is the 70s and 80s (thus the "kayo kyoku"). The plus part includes a number of songs and artists from the last 20 years and even some of the early stuff. So,let's talk about New Music, aidoru, City Pop and enka. (Sorry but music163 is now dead so ignore those links.)
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Tatsuro Yamashita -- Loveland, Island
Another one of those summery, toe-tapping hits from Tatsuro Yamashita （山下達郎）in the early 1980s. "Loveland, Island" is the audio version of a jet ride to Hawaii. Initially meant for a jingle for a beer commercial, after Yamashita watched a film of a Brazilian woman dancing on the road (not making this up...this is on the J-Wiki writeup), he adjusted the tempo a bit and this was the result. Not sure if Mariya was in the room when he was watching the film.
"Loveland, Island" hadn't been released as a single but was included on his 1982 album, "For You". However, it finally got its time in the sun some 30 years later in January2002 where it was able to peak at No. 26 on the Oricon weeklies.