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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Kyoko Koizumi -- Makka na Onna no Ko (まっ赤な女の子)

Quite the bouncy aidoru Kyoko Koizumi(小泉今日子)was...even her vocals seemed to bounce around quite gaily especially in the early years. Case in point: her 5th single from May 1983, "Makka na Onna no Ko". I'm still not crystal clear on how to translate the title. One person translated it as Girl In Red, but considering that Chinfa Kan's(康珍化)lyrics describe fun and frolicking on the beach, I wonder if it should be Sunburned Girl or Blushing Girl. Well, looking a little more closely at the words, it seems like it's about the typical scene of young school boys trying to sneak a peek at the girls in their swimwear on the shore, and with one of those girls catching a look back. Perhaps there was some embarrassment involved so I will go with the last option of "Blushing Girl".

In any case, Kyohei Tsutsumi's(筒美京平)summery and bouncy melody with a tiny bit of techno-pop thrown in and Kyon-Kyon's onomatopoeia of "chiri chiri, jiri jiri" make for one of those adorable early 80s aidoru ditties that I used to hear a lot of through those old video tapes. And it looks like the adoration translated into the charts as well since "Makka na Onna no Ko" was the first of her songs to break through the Top 10 at No. 8. It would eventually become the 54th-ranked song of the year.


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