Friday, July 25, 2014
Taeko Ohnuki -- Happy-Go-Lucky
My range of Taeko Ohnuki （大貫妙子）songs has basically been from her New Music time with Sugar Babe in the mid-1970s to her early 1980s technopop/French collaborations with Ryuichi Sakamoto（坂本龍一）. Well, it's time to stretch out a bit more. Obviously, she's gone far beyond those years in her discography and one of my aims this year is to get a larger BEST compilation by her. And there is one titled "Library" which came out in 2003 and from that album, I managed to find this song.
"Happy-Go-Lucky" is a truly happy-go-lucky song written and composed by Ohnuki herself as her 26th single from May 1997. It is also a track on her 20th album, "Lucy", and the reason that I've already listened to this one four times already in the past few days is that it sounds like a pleasant hybrid of her 70s sunny side stuff with a bit of those 80s arrangements released in the late 90s. Basically, the lyrics just reflect the title: saying a cheerful Hello to the neighbours and enjoying the day. I can certainly use more of that mood.
This driver above had the right attitude during her singalong with Ohnuki. By the way, the coupling song to "Happy-Go-Lucky" is her cover of "Shall We Dance?", the theme song from the movie of the same name starring Koji Yakusho and Tamiyo Kusakari.