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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Eri Nitta -- Futari no Hong Kong(2人のHONG KONG)


Giving credit where credit is due once more, here is another one of J Utah's videos of Hong Kong from a tramway. It only seems like just a few days ago that I wrote about a song that had something to do with the former British colony, and sure enough, it was only two days ago that I concocted the article for Kazuhiro Nishimatsu's(西松一博)techno-jazzy "Hong Kong Bojou"(香港慕情).

Well, here is another somewhat technopoppy song but instead of it being jazzy, "Futari no Hong Kong" (Hong Kong for Two) is in the innocent aidoru world. Performed by Onyanko Club(おニャン子クラブ)member Eri Nitta(新田恵利), this was a track from her April 1987 3rd album "ritardando".

So with Nishimatsu's "Hong Kong Bojou", we got some of that old-style 1930s jazz crooning of love from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. However, with Nitta's "Futari no Hong Kong", it sounds more like an extended date via a tour of one of the world's most intriguing metropolises back in more peaceful times. Have dim sum in Kowloon? Marvel at the architecture in Central? Go up Victoria Peak? This might be quite attractive for the young couple in love.

I believe it was my co-writer Marcos V. who described Nitta as beloved and squeaky helium-voiced in his special 2020 selection on the 80s aidoru, and that she is here, too. The vocals all work for the teenage affair in this field trip to Hong Kong along with the happy melody underlaid with some romantic arrangements, all by Etsuko Yamakawa(山川恵津子). Of course, the head honcho of Onyanko Club (and later on, AKB48), Yasushi Akimoto(秋元康)took care of the lyrics. I really do like this one for the nostalgic 1980s feeling.

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