Hidemi Ishikawa（石川秀美）....a name and a face that I've always seen whenever I went down Memory Lane via those old issues of Myojo and Heibon. As Marcos mentioned almost a year ago in his playlist of 80s Eurobeat-inspired songs, the Kisarazu, Chiba-born singer had the cheeks to launch a thousand ships (no offense, Helen) along with some wonderfully twinkly eyes. And yet, despite all of the singers from the 80s whose works I've collected and heard, I had really never listened to a Hidemi song, aside from "Every Night" which was Marcos' contribution to his Eurobeat list.
So I vowed to myself that I would check out some of the songs from her 8-year discography (1982-1990), and thus came across "Shadow Summer". This was her 19th single from July 1986 and it was written by Masao Urino（売野雅勇）and composed by Tetsuji Hayashi（林哲司）. The reason I chose this one was Hayashi due to his reputation of crafting some swiftly soaring summery songs for folks like Akina Nakamori（中森明菜）and Omega Tribe.