"Funk Fujiyama" came out as a single in October 1989 went straight to No.2 on Oricon weeklies. A month later, it was included on the band's fifth studio album "5 1/2", and that one earned a No.1 spot. It was promoted as a CM jingle for Sony's Multi-Disc Player. More recently, it was used as a theme song for the web show "You Can Play This" by the late Justin "JewWario" Carmical, which is how a number of overseas listeners were exposed to the song.
I got to sing this one a couple of times at Toronto's Studio Lounge Karaoke Bar near Yonge/Sheppard (aka. the best Karaoke joint in the city at the moment), and the video that came with it had a gaijin tourist with a huge camera stalking a Japanese lady dressed in kimono around Tokyo. Quite amusing.
I'll close the entry with Paul's comment on the song at his blog. Check it out.
|My copy of "5 1/2"|