There was a time in the mid-to-late 1980s when I was kinda wondering where Akina Nakamori （中森明菜）was going musically. I mean, I appreciate now that she was trying out different styles way beyond what folks had been expecting her as an aidoru-turned-pop superstar, but at the time I was trying out her albums at that time like "Fushigi" （不思議）and "Stock", I thought she was going a bit too eclectic on me.
Still, I remember her 1988 12th album, "Stock" as Akina's foray into rock music. Seeing that cover of her in the leopard-skin and the long black hair, I thought she was trying to emulate Canada's Lee Aaron, the metal queen of the Great White North during the 80s. One of the songs on that tape that was quite memorable for me was "Firestarter". Written and composed by Sandii and Makoto Kubota（久保田麻琴）, both members from Sandii & The Sunsetz, Akina was doing her best to screech out those lyrics against that pounding electric guitar. And then when she was giving full throat to the title itself, I started thinking, "Akina Nakamori....the Lee Aaron of Japan"...well, maybe not. But I just had to imagine the possibilities of this former aidoru becoming a potential inspiration for much headbanging.
"Firestarter" was never released as a single but "Stock" peaked at No. 2 and became the 14th-ranked album of 1988 after its release in March of that year.