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Friday, September 17, 2021

Kuniko Fukushima -- Gypsy(ジプシー)

 

I'm finding singer-songwriter Kuniko Fukushima(福島邦子)to be one of those underrated gems that people are hopefully finding out more about. She can trip the light fantastic among City Pop, AOR and rock with a smile and a swagger. I've already written a few articles about the Okayama Prefecture native including the road-trip honky-tonk of "Bye Bye City" and the downtown boogie strut of "Boogie-Woogie"(無偽遊戯).

Fukushima's 3rd single released in February 1979 was "Gypsy" which is slightly slower than "Boogie-Woogie" but still has that downtown strut. It really feels like that walk through Shinjuku at the turn of the decade, and the addition of the strings at the end of each chorus amps up the epic feel while the bass keeps things nice and cool. Speaking of bass, Tsugutoshi Goto(後藤次利)arranged Fukushima's melody and Machiko Ryu's(竜真知子)lyrics talk about a couple of people who may be on the run from town to town like the titular gypsies.

As I mentioned in "Boogie-Woogie", the singer is quite photogenic with her album covers, and her debut album "I'm Ready" which came out in June that same year is no exception. With that guitar, she definitely looks ready.

6 comments:

  1. "I'm finding singer-songwriter Kuniko Fukushima(福島邦子)to be one of those underrated gems that people are hopefully finding out more about."

    Well, I did not know about Kuniko Fukushima until this post of yours!

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  2. Luckily I am on a three day weekend at the moment so I have plenty of time to leisurely explore Kuniko Fukushima's works on youtube as well as some of the other artist you have introduced to me through this blog.

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    1. Oh, yeah...that's right. You have Respect-for-the-Aged Day on Monday and then on Thursday, there is the first day of autumn. I always appreciated those many national holidays.

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  3. So, do I. I like that a lot of them are on Mondays, too.

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    1. I remember that for at least half of my time in Japan, those holidays used to be on odd days of the week such as Wednesdays, so I'm happy that the government finally discovered the joy of a three-day long weekend.

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