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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Takao Kisugi and Kaori Momoi -- Nejireta Heart de (ねじれたハートで)


(cover version)

It's another Saturday night in Tokyo. If you're alone and got that feeling of ennui, head on over to that hotel-top bar in Akasaka or Ginza, order a couple of fingers of whiskey on the rocks, and contemplate the meaning of la vie. And listen to this song over the speakers while the bartender is shaking up a cocktail.

Tis another classy romantic ballad by Takao Kisugi(来生たかお). But this time, the crooner extraordinaire is joined by actress Kaori Momoi(桃井かおり). Momoi was featured in the Hollywood film, "Memoirs of a Geisha"back in 2005 as Okaasan, the tough-as-nails proprietress of a geisha house. In Japan, she's also a frank-talking TV personality and commercial pitchperson with a flair for style and the aforementioned ennui. Sometimes, I've seen her on the small screen in a hairstyle of a short bob which has made me wonder if the lady is the reincarnation of Louise Brooks.

"Nejireta Heart de"(With a Wrenched Heart) was released as Momoi's 12th single. It just seemed to be the right song for her to sing with Kisugi. Coming out in July 1982, it was once again created by Kisugi and his sister, Etsuko(えつこ), and went as high as No. 13 on the Oricon charts.

Kisugi & Momoi -- Nejireta Heart de

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