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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chanels -- Hoshikuzu no Dance Hall (星くずのダンスホール)

I guess as that band leader said in the latter half of the very first "Back to the Future" flick, this is for all you lovers out there.

That's the vibe I get from listening to "Hoshikuzu no Dance Hall" (Stardust Dance Hall) by 80s doo-wop group Chanels (シャネルズ). I had not known about this ballad although I've known about Masayuki Suzuki(鈴木雅之)and his old band since the early 1980s since it wasn't one of their released singles and I never bought any of their original albums from that period before Martin and company changed their name to Rats And Star (ラッツ&スター).

Well, better late than never. "Hoshikuzu no Dance Hall" sounds like the ideal slow dance near midnight to have with that significant other. And even more ideally, it would be great listening to it while the couple is dancing alone on the floor with that disco ball slowly spinning those sparkling lights.

The song was written by Masao Urino(売野雅勇)under his alias of Reiji Aso(麻生麗二)and composed by Suzuki himself for Chanels' 5th album, "Dance! Dance! Dance!" which was released in December 1981 and got as high as No. 13 on the charts. The video above has Suzuki performing at a concert commemorating his 35th anniversary in music ably assisted by his old band mate, trumpeter (and comedian) Nobuyoshi Kuwano(桑野信義).

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