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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yumi Matsutoya -- Yaketa Aidoru(灼けたアイドル)

As someone commented on Youtube: "Intro wa kakkoii...."(イントロはかっこい...The intro is cool).

Well, a lot of Yuming's(ユーミン)songs are darn cool in their entirety, including the one that the commenter was referring to, "Yaketa Aidoru" (Burned-out Idol).

The second track on Yumi Matsutoya's(松任谷由実)10th original album "Surf & Snow", I'm a little surprised that there wasn't anything written up about this sad story of a male aidoru whose star faded below the horizon long ago and even he has since disappeared somewhere into oblivion. Perhaps even by December 1980, which was when "Surf & Snow" was released, there was most likely a street lined with the careers of once-promising or never-were aidoru. In a way, the song seems to be a tonal relative to Barry Manilow's "Copacabana".

Still, Yuming's melody with the saxophone has got the City Pop aesthetic down pat. If folks don't get too down from her lyrics, then they ought to be able to get with this kakkoii number.

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