I came across this song by Motoharu Sano（佐野元春） purely by accident on YouTube last night, and after listening to it initially, I heard it twice more via the original recording and the above concert performance. "Sugar Time" was just that infectious.
And just as the title suggests, I rather felt like bopping about as if I hit the dance floor following a few rounds at the dessert buffet table. And one of my old disco haunts in Toronto, the COPA, had that capability.
Sano's 7th single from May 1982 starts off with what sounds like a combination of synth and strings doing a bit of an uptempo classical riff which hooked me right off the bat. And it just keeps bouncing on right from there until the end. The lyrics (and music) by the singer himself are very simple...just enjoying the love between a man and a woman. This couple is skipping, not ambling down the country lane....must be early days. But romance aside, I think "Sugar Time" is generally a song of (or ode to) joy that could possibly enter my brain if I ever won that lottery.
"Sugar Time" was also a track on his acclaimed album, "Someday" which came out on the same day as the single. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's also the first track on the album which got as high as No. 4 on the charts.