Sunday, March 16, 2014
Minako Honda -- That's The Way I Want It
I remember that the first time I heard this Minako-chan (本田美奈子) song was on a mixtape called “Tokyo Boogie Night” that was created by Ansai Osamu featuring some interesting 80s Japanese funk/city pop songs (click here if you’re interested in hearing the mixtape. I easily recommend it).
Originally released in Minako Honda’s “OVERSEA” album, in June 1987, the simple yet interesting “That’s The Way I Want It” was recorded entirely in English. In fact, the entire “OVERSEA” album was recorded in English. Also, according to this source, Minako worked with Michael Jackson’s staff in the record. Being more accurate, she worked with some musicians that were involved with Janet and La Toya careers, but not directly with Michael’s team (Minako even invited La Toya Jackson to sing Lipps Inc.’s classic disco song, “Funkytown”, with her in the “DISPA [short for Disco Party] 1987” concert. It was a very odd moment that, unfortunately, isn’t on YouTube anymore). About “That’s The Way I Want It”, for me, it’s not a late night song, but one that combines better with the sunset in a highway near the beach. Although far from being a complex or very notorious song, it’s one of my favorites. I just love the twinkling synths and its laidback breezy feel.
According to J-Wiki, the “OVERSEA” album reached #4 on the Oricon charts, but another source talks about a #5 position. Also, this same source points out that the album has sold around 58,000 copies (source: http://wagamamakorin.client.jp/saku-minako.html). As for “That’s The Way I Want It”, it was written and composed by Mike Piccirillo. As for the arrangement, John Wilson was the responsible.