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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yu Hayami -- Lucky Lips (ラッキィ・リップス)

Along with the box set of Iyo Matsumoto(松本伊代)I had received over the Holidays, I also got a similar box set of the works of 80s aidoru Yu Hayami(早見 優), the summery young lady who could speak English. As with Iyo-chan, I've known her but didn't really know her. To explain, Yu-chan has been fully embedded in my kayo memories with hits such as "Natsu Iro no Nancy"(夏色のナンシー)but I never really got all of the full discography for the former Kazumi Tateno(舘野 一美).

But then on listening to the first CD of her music during the 1980s, I realized that the people around her in the music industry were also providing opportunities for her to dip her toes into a few other genres. I guess with that summery image, Hayami was given a taste of some Anri-style songs in the Resort Pop scene but she also had a chance to try out some of that 50s rock n' roll vibe as well.

Her 7th single from September 1983, "Lucky Lips" was one of the latter type although there was that guitar riff in the intro that sounded something from Taeko Ohnuki(大貫妙子)territory. It was written by Yoshiko Miura(三浦徳子)and composed by Kyohei Tsutsumi(筒美京平), the same duo behind the aforementioned "Natsu Iro no Nancy". It peaked at No. 10 on Oricon and became the 71st-ranked single of the year.

The song was also used as the campaign jingle for a Shiseido shampoo commercial which you can see at 3:19 of the above video.

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