Will always love coming face-to-face with a catchy pop song for the first time, and so it goes with actress/singer Mika Kaneko's（金子美香）"Hold Me Slowly, Kiss Me Suddenly" from her debut album "Catch Me" in July 1987. That opening synth passage grabbed me right from the get-go and then Kaneko comes and shows that she's got some pop/rock chops there. Written by Mei Miyahara（宮原芽映）and composed by Shoji Nakamura（中村昭二）, I think the song got some more of that secret earworm sauce (OK...maybe not the most palatable description) via Etsuko Yamakawa's（山川恵津子）arrangement.
Born in Chiba Prefecture, according to her J-Wiki profile, she appeared in 1983 on the audition show "Star Tanjo"（スター誕生）and was then scouted by entertainment company Watanabe Productions. She appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, and debuted as a singer earlier in 1987 with "Teenage Blue"（ティーンエイジブルー）. Kaneko released a total of 9 singles up to 2004 and 7 original albums up to 1991. She also helped establish a couple of rock bands in the 1990s, Betty Blue and Paradise Lost.