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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Maiko Ito -- Aki no Hohozue (秋のほほづえ)

"Aki no Hohozue" (Autumn Cheek-Poking [?])is another one of those long-lost aidoru tunes that I've rediscovered. I bought a compilation tape in first one, in fact...back around 1984, and it just happened to contain this song by Maiko Ito(伊藤麻衣子or いとうまい子). She'd just turned 19 although she looked much younger (and still does according to her website) when she released this 3rd single in September 1983. When I first listened to it, it just struck me as one of the prototypical aidoru songs down to the jaunty strings-and-synths arrangement and then Ito's cute high vocals. I have to say that she was as cute as a button. The song was written by Masao Urino(売野雅勇)and composed by Tatsushi Umegaki(梅垣達志).

Ito's aidoru career was fairly short at a little over 4 years (1983-1987), but she did go into acting and stints as a TV personality. I never saw her with my own eyes on any music show, but I actually saw her in a drama in which she improbably played a gangbanging punk, complete in torn sailor uniform and tightly-curled fright wig.

(karaoke version)

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