I've been a fan of Japanese popular music for 40 years, and have managed to collect a lot of material 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.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Marcos V.'s short selection of 80s female aidoru singers
Eri Nitta -- WHO?
off this list with Eri Nitta’s (新田恵利) awkward, but surprisingly captivating baby voice, “WHO?”
is a bouncy and serviceable Eurobeat song released in 1988. Even though I still
feel Nitta’s voice was a joke, I actually find it full of personality here, and
the chorus is quite catchy as well. Nothing groundbreaking, but it deserves a
listen, even if just for the fun.
Minako Honda -- Tokyo Girl
(The lower video is for those who couldn't see the upper video due to availability limitations.)
been just a few days since I talked about Minako Honda’s (本田美奈子) English language “OVERSEA” album here on the blog, but now I want to highlight
one of her Japanese songs, and a rather rare one, called “Tokyo Girl”. Released
as the coupling song to her single “Help”, in 1986, “Tokyo Girl” is a very nice
pop song, and I just love the way Honda almost dramatically sings “You are Tokyo
girl…” and “I am London boy…”, or the opposite, during the choruses. I can’t
help but sing along with her.
Mami Yamase -- Aishuu no Barcelona
I see the name Mami Yamase (山瀬まみ), it’s her wacky and punky persona that comes to mind.
However, before committing to this particular style, her career started in a
more traditional aidoru route. And even during her “normal” days, she was still
able to surprise us with things like “Aishuu no Barcelona” (哀愁のバルセロナ), a
dramatically-sung track with a cold and ominous Euro/synthpop arrangement
included in the album “PRIVATE EDITION”, from late 1987.
Rumi Shishido -- Cosmic Rendezvous
Just like Mami Yamase, Rumi Shishido (宍戸留美) also recorded traditional aidoru pop
before doing her more experimental stuff, and her debut single, “Cosmic
is probably the best example of it. Released in 1990, I just love the
mess that is the cute-faced Shishido singing this aidoru/Techno Kayo tune while
showing her long legs in a Moritaka Chisato-esque (森高千里)
outfit and doing a choreography with a stick.
Eriko Tamura -- NEXT
talented and voluptuous Eriko Tamura (田村英里子) is the aidoru behind today’s
final song. Called “NEXT”, this over-the-top song is probably my favorite in
all her discography, and the reason lies on the devastatingly dazzling Carnival-esque synth arrangement that permeates most of it. Other than that,
well, Tamura can’t dance properly, but her awkward choreography is what makes the
video so endearing in my opinion. “NEXT” was the coupling song to her single “Honki”
released in 1989.