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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Masahiko Kondo -- Sneaker Blues (スニーカーぶるーす)

"Matchy is one of those people who make me love the 80s."

DaisempaiHigashi, YouTube

Yep, Masahiko Kondo(近藤真彦)also struck me as being the quintessential male aidoru of the early 80s. That kinetic karate-like dancing style mixed in with hip-swiveling and his rogue boyish singing pretty much set the template for all those who followed him in Johnny's & Associates. That template was first created with his very first single, "Sneaker Blues" in December 1980.

"Sneaker Blues"is still Matchy's most successful single to date staying on top of the charts for almost a month, and becoming the 3rd-highest single for 1981. The tandem of lyricist Takashi Matsumoto and composer Kyohei Tsutsumi (松本隆・筒美京平)once again spun out some gold for one of their singers.

I don't think I have yet to put on an actual performance by the lad so here it is. He performed this on the show, "Let's Go Young" in 1981. Tough yet cute.

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