Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Akiho Sendo -- Glass no ECSTASY (硝子のECSTASY)
“Glass no ECSTASY” is, without a doubt, one of my guilty pleasures!!!
Akiho Sendo (千堂あきほ) was one of those beautiful aidoru singers from the early 90s who shared an “OL-style of look” with tons of sensuality, as was the case of Minako Tanaka (田中美奈子) and Chisato Moritaka (森高千里), for example.
Akiho, though, was a very bad singer, and it’s quite synthomatic to think about how was possible that people thought she could be a successful singer... yes, yes, we all know how vocal talent is not the most important thing when it comes to aidoru singers, but, at the same time, I really try to understand how in such a dark period for aidoru singers (late 80s/early 90s) they started promoting girls with dubious talent like Akiho Sendo and Aya Sugimoto (杉本彩) based solely on beauty and sensuality.
Reflexions aside, “Glass no ECSTASY” became one of my favourite trash pop songs since I first listened to it back in 2013. Somehow, I really like the singalong chorus and the generic arrangement comprised mostly of “synths trying to be horns”. As for Akiho, the studio recording does its job covering most of her flaws, but the live performances, just like the one posted at the beggining, is pure shame for the girl. In fact, she was lucky to have some recorded background vocalists accompanying her during the choruses, because if they were relied solely to her, the disaster would be even bigger.
As usual when it comes to aidoru music produced in Japan during the late 80s/early 90s, I hear some similarities between “Glass no ECSTASY” and some Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) productions, and that’s probably because of the “fake horns”.
Also, although not an example of singer, Akiho was an actress and tarento. Personally, the only work I’ve watched from her was the great “Tokyo Love Story” (東京ラブストーリー), aired in 1991. She had a secondary role in the drama, but it was nice to see her somewhere else than on a singing stage.