I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for over 35 years, and have managed to collect hundreds of CDs during that time. So I decided I wanted to talk about Showa Era music with like-minded fans. My particular era is the 70s and 80s (thus the "kayo kyoku"). The plus part includes a number of songs and artists from the last 20 years and even some of the early stuff. So,let's talk about New Music, aidoru, City Pop and enka. (Sorry but music163 is now dead so ignore those links.)
I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Hiroko Moriguchi – Speed (スピード)
Hiroko Moriguchi (森口博子) may have started as a cute aidoruback in the mid-80s, but it’s as
a 90s pop singer that I remember her the most, especially after the hit ballad
single “ETERNAL WIND ~Hohoemi Hikaru Kaze no Naka~” (ETERNAL WIND〜ほほえみは光る風の中〜) in 1991.
of her greatest songs, and also her debut, “Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete” (水の星へ愛をこめて), have already been covered by fellow contributor JTM in
the past, but there are a lot of minor, yet interesting, songs from her that
would be nice to talk about. “Speed” is just one of them.
in September 1992, “Speed” is a very uplifting song with a singalong chorus and
lovely keyboards splashed through the song. One of the many courtesies from the
90s, of course. Speaking of it, “Speed” may not sound innovative, as it’s very
immersed in its time, but it’s a charming song, nonetheless. As for Hiroko,
I’ve always found her a rather strong vocalist (if compared to other aidoru
singers out there), and she shows some of her pipes in “Speed”.
may have been very negligent with Moriguchi in the past few years, but lately
I’m starting to rediscover her discography. Songs like “Speed”, although far
from the melodical gorgeousness of “Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete” (a gift from
Neil Sedaka), are what I like from her. It’s a pity she’s also a bit too fond
To finish, here’s
Moriguchi performing “Speed” in 2015. She’s as cute and talented as ever.
Lyrics were written by Yui Nishiwaki (西脇唯), while music and
arrangement were done by Kaoru Okui (奥居香).