I'd known about Toshinobu Kubota（久保田利伸）for some years since my JET days and during the years I was back in Toronto to get my TEFL Certificate. Then, returning to Japan in 1994, I started hearing word that Kubota was heading Stateside to record some stuff over there. He was big in Japan and he was trying to become big in America.
I didn't know what the name of what his first album in the USA was going to be, but when I did hear the title of his first single over, I almost guelphed up my coffee. The title was "Funk It Up". I simply misheard it the first time although for a few seconds I wondered whether someone in Kubota's marketing team had fu---...nope, I won't go there.