I've always thought that there was some sort of link between Akina Nakamori's（中森明菜） 8th single, "Southern Wind" and her previous entry, "Kita Wing"（北ウィング）, besides the temporal proximity and the use of geographical directions in the titles. The two songs seem to have been plucked from a couple of periods in Akina's young timeline. As I wrote for "Kita Wing", I imagined the singer trying to catch that plane from Narita Airport for a literal flight of fancy from the mundane normalcy of life as a co-ed to the scary-but-exhilarating excitement of life in another country with that mystery man.
Well, for "Southern Wind", I felt that we've gone forward a few years, and Akina has become a slightly jaded veteran of tropical travel and has even gone through a few of those Lotharios in her growing maturity. However, the giddy excitement has been replaced with a sense of suspense and adventure. Etsuko Kisugi's（来生えつこ） lyrics of Panama hats, silhouettes of coconut tree fronds and beautiful men on white yachts conjure up some of those old flicks from the 40s I've seen on Turner Classic Movies that starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (or their wannabes). Then, there is Koji Tamaki's（玉置浩二） racing melody arranged by Ichizo Seo （瀬尾一三）with the bumblebee-like strings and the tight horn section which bring in those images of gun-spiked intrigue. All that is missing is the sinister guy in black from Europe.
Perhaps I should be hosting Turner Classic Movies after that paragraph. Anyways, "Southern Wind" continued Akina-chan's musical progress from good girl/bad girl from high school into a more mature woman as her voice took on more timbre. The song was released just a few months after "Kita Wing" in April 1984 and actually went all the way to the top position on Oricon compared to "Kita Wing" peaking at No. 2, but it finished just behind it at No. 10 in the annual charts of the year.