I gotta admit...although I've known that Toshihiko "Toshi-chan" Tahara（田原俊彦）and Naoko Ken（研ナオコ）have done their fair share of dramas and variety shows alongside their singing careers, I never would have imagined that they would actually do a duet together. I mean, Naoko was able to pull as many funny faces as she could on comedy hours such as "Hachi-ji da yo! Zen'in Shuugo"（8時だョ!全員集合...It's 8 O'Clock! Everybody Assemble）with her buddy, zany comedian Ken Shimura, but when it came to singing behind the mike, I always saw her as deadly serious. Meanwhile Toshi was always pulling off his boyish charm with his spins and flips on the stage while doing his aidoru music.
But then while I was listening to an episode of "Sounds of Japan", this song came on featuring the two of them in some sort of energized pop tune that had elements of Latin, Mood Kayo and Johnny's-type aidoru from the 1980s. And it was Toshi and Naoko! "Natsu Zakari Honoji Gumi" (The L-Word Gang at the Height of Summer) is definitely one of the more interesting song titles I've come across since starting this blog, and it was officially Toshi's 23rd single, released in July 1985.