But I can always admire Japanese summer from afar via that video for “Dog Days”. Beaches, warm rain, trams passing by… It all looks so inviting. Too bad about the wasted watermelon, but I guess during the bubble era those things weren't such a luxury as they are today. Okamura, of course, sings in his signature campy manner and looks amusingly absent-minded in the video while interacting with girls. Credits-wise, the lyrics and catchy music were created by him. The latter reminds me of PSY-S in the 80’s, namely “Denki to Mint”, thanks to that frisk beat and shiny synths, but I’m sure there are better comparisons. Still, I’m not too off with mentioning PSY-S, since CHAKA from the duo is a guest singer in “Dog Days”, singing the part about declining the lad’s request to go out with him until he gets a car. According to the song's J-Wiki page, Okamura had a strong-willed girl in mind when he wrote those lines and personally requested CHAKA to sing them.
“Dog Days” is not included on any of Okamura’s studio albums, so its first album appearance was on a best-of compilation from March 1990, “Soujuku” (早熟...Precocious), which peaked at No. 3 on Oricon weeklies and sold 29,790 copies.