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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tomoko Koyano -- Unuborenaide (うぬぼれないで)

(Track 10 excerpt)

I hope this video stays up for a while (sorry but no it didn't) since it's got that catchy beat. Plus, Tomoko Koyano(古谷野とも子)is a name which I have seen in "Japanese City Pop" and wondered about for some time. She's a singer-songwriter who was only active for a few years in the (late?) 1970s, and her husband happens to be fellow singer-songwriter Shozo Ise(伊勢正三).

"Unuborenaide" is certainly an expression that I had never heard of before, but it apparently translates as "Don't be conceited". Koyano wrote and composed this song which was a track on her 4th and final album, "From Inside" from 1979, a release which was produced by Shigeru Suzuki(鈴木茂). Listening to this nice and peppy number, I thought the song combined the stylings of Junko Yagami(八神純子)and 1970s Taeko Ohnuki(大貫妙子). And it definitely has that summer night-in-the-big-city feeling. I found out about this song only after I had already made my latest orders to Tower Records and CD Japan, but it looks like "From Inside" is available on both sites so hopefully, I can grab a copy for Xmas.

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