Another one of my purchases during the mail-order years was Chisato Moritaka's（森高千里） "Pepperland", her 8th album from 1992. It was notable since there were no singles released from it and also because Moritaka went away from the synths and put forward more of the guitar and drums with her handling virtually all of the instruments herself. And the sound was less techno-aidoru and more jangly retro pop-rock. J-Legs was heading into a new direction.
Some years later when I was settled into my home in Ichikawa and doing the English teacher life, my usual morning news show on Fuji-TV, "Mezamashi Terebi"（めざましテレビ）, selected the new theme song for the year which would become Moritaka's 29th single from June 1996. "La-La-Sunshine" is this happy-go-lucky early Beatlesque song that would greet me each morning for most of 1996 and into 1997. The synths may no longer be there but the high energy is still intact. It was a nice glass of audio orange juice, especially when one has to wake up in the wee hours.
With lyrics by Moritaka and melody by Hiromasa Ijichi (伊秩弘将...who was behind all those SPEED hits as well), watching the music video was pretty interesting as well. It had been a while since I saw Moritaka performing (never watched her concert videos/LDs). Her hair was shorter and the Sgt. Pepper's uniform showing off her gams was gone; apparently, she looked more like an employee on a Hawaiian cruise liner. Still, that distinctive voice was there.
"La-La-Sunshine" peaked at No. 5 on Oricon and got her an invitation to the 1996 Kohaku Utagassen whose performance you can see above. It also became a track on her album on her 11th album, "TAIYO".
Ah, and if you wanna look at the translation for her lyrics, you can take a look here.
|Chisato Moritaka -- La-La-Sunshine|