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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chanels -- Machikado Twilight (街角トワイライト)

Another old chestnut from Chanels(シャネルズ), "Machikado Twilight" (Street Corner Twilight) is another one of their classic kayo doo-wop numbers. This was their 3rd single from February 1981, and it meshes together 50s nostalgia group Sha-Na-Na and something that Quentin Tarentino would love to have on one of his movie soundtracks (must be the trumpet).

Written by Reiko Yukawa (湯川れい子)and composed by Daisuke Inoue(井上大輔)under his pen name of Tadao Inoue(井上 忠夫), "Machikado Twilight" may have been channeling (or chaneling?) the 50s, but I keep going back to the 1980s since the Chanels brand was very much stamped during and for that decade, even when the group changed its name to Rats And Star. I definitely put Masayuki Suzuki (鈴木雅之)and his fellows along with things like skinny 90-yen Coke cans, the techno cut and tabletop video games in cafes in the annals of 80s Japanese pop culture.

The song reached No. 1 on Oricon and became the 7th-ranked single of the entire year.

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