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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Kahoru Kohiruimaki -- Ryote Ippai no Johnny (両手いっぱいのジョニー)

Going way back into the Kohhy discography with "Ryote Ippai no Johnny" (Hands-Full Johnny), her 2nd single from July 1986. Kahoru Kohiruimaki(小比類巻かほる) started right off the bat with her funky pop style which would characterize her early years up to about the turn of the decade. I first heard this song on her 1988 "So Real" album, and thought it was a tune that already had the singer in full stride instead of her being at just the beginning of her career. I'm not sure if there were ever an official music video for "Ryote Ippai no Johnny" but it probably would have had Kohhy strutting down some Manhattan street with the saxophonist quickly trailing her.

Strangely enough, it was actually used as one of the theme songs for the anime "Gallforce", a series of an all-female force of space soldiers going up against The Paranoids. Since I had only known the song just from Kohhy albums, I never pegged it as being an anime theme since her lyrics talk of a woman trying to pry some attention from the ever-popular Johnny. The happy-go-lucky melody was created by Yoshitaka Takezawa(竹澤好隆).

"Ryote Ippai no Johnny" was also recorded onto her 2nd album, "No Problem" (July 1986) which is notable for Kohhy looking a bit atypical on the front cover. Apparently, she had no problem with it.

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