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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Chie Odaka -- Yuuwaku Kurakura(誘惑クラクラ)

There's something about Chie Odaka's(尾高千恵)voice that is familiar and unique, as oxymoronic as that may sound (especially the last three syllables). It strikes me as being breathy and a good pillow, I guess.

Anyways, allow me to say that this is the first time that I have ever heard of Odaka who hails from Kanagawa Prefecture. According to her J-Wiki profile, her career began in the late 1980s and she was supposedly going for a more aidoru-ish pop route. The "-ish" suffix is in there since Odaka was already in her early 20s when she debuted with the single "Hana Matsuri"(華祭り...Flower Festival)in February 1986 and then her album "Cute" later in July.

One of the tracks in that debut album is "Yuuwaku Kurakura" (Giddy With Temptation) which is light enough that it feels somewhat aidoru in tone (with an underlying New Wave layer) but there is something in Odaka's delivery that had me thinking more along the lines of the late Minako Honda(本田美奈子)and Kumiko Yamashita(山下久美子), and they both went into the rock route. Odaka also would gradually shift her singing into rock.

What I also found out in that J-Wiki article is that Odaka had actually started out in show business as early as 1982 under a stage name Chie Usaki(宇紗木千恵)as an actress in a movie starring the aidoru group Shibugakitai(シブがき隊). Getting back to the song, it was apparently written and composed by someone with the kanji 「西伯利亜」when I checked the JASRAC database. I had assumed that it would read as Toshia Nishihaku but actually the four kanji stand for Siberia. I couldn't track down whether it was a fellow or a group effort under that potential pseudonym. Odaka released a total of 6 singles and 3 original albums up to 1988.

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