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Monday, July 13, 2020

Mika Kaneko -- Hold Me Slowly, Kiss Me Suddenly

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.


  1. Hello J-Canuck,

    That intro kind of reminded me of the old Style Council song "My Ever Changing Moods."

    This is so 80s it hurts; and in a good way!


    1. Hi, Chasing Showa. Come to think of it, there is that "My Ever Changing Moods" feeling in the synths in the intro, isn't there? I love that Style Council song and City Pop in the late 80s was partially inspired by that band and Swingout Sister.


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