About a couple of years ago, I came across a gem in the vast Akina Nakamori（中森明菜）discography with the title of "Lonely Journey" which was the B-side to her super hit song "Meu Amor e"（ミ・アモーレ）from 1985. I just fell in love with the swift and soaring song created by EPO as it seemed to whip Akina and her listeners all over Tokyo at night.
It looks like I may have found another gem by accident when I discovered a much earlier song by Nakamori way back in her truly aidoru days. I saw this wonderful combination of Yokohama travelogue and Akina backed up by "Yokohama A-KU-MA" (Yokohama Devil) on YouTube. Back in those days, my image of the fresh new aidoru was that of a teenage malcontent singing not synth-sweet songs of cutesy adventures with her beau but tunes of high school-age rebellion backed up by wailing electric guitars.
The title of this new discovery suggested the same sort of deal but when I heard it for the first time a few nights ago, it was Akina singing a fairly epic disco-tinged City Pop tune that reminded me of "Monroe Walk" by Yoshitaka Minami（南佳孝）. And I should have been reminded of that song since "Yokohama A-KU-MA" was indeed composed by Minami with lyrics provided by the late lyricist/singer Tsuzuru Nakasato（中里綴）. The heroine here is riding sidesaddle with her beau in what is probably a vehicle a little more expensive than a Toyota Corolla as the two take that ride on the highway through Yokohama. The hint is that she is still a teen most likely skipping school but still wants even more thrills as the titular she-devil. Musically, it's definitely different from the rock-tinged hits such as "Shojo A"（少女A）which incidentally is on the same album as this tune, "Variation"（バリエーション）, her 2nd album from October 1982.