I would like to give credit where credit is due. Videos are from YouTube and other sources such as NicoNico while Oricon rankings and other information are translated from the Japanese Wikipedia unless noted.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Anzen Chitai -- Wine-Red no Kokoro (ワインレッドの心)

I'd seen Anzen Chitai (安全地帯)for the first time on a video performing this atmospheric song....their signature song. It's classic Anzen Chitai....relentless electric guitars backing the near-operatic voice of Koji Tamaki(玉置浩二). And Tamaki stood out as this dark mysterious type who kinda reminded me of a Japanese saturnine version of David Bowie as The Thin White Duke (yeah, maybe I'm reaching here but just humor me). Talent and model-level looks....what more could you want for a leader of a band?

"Wine-Red no Kokoro"(Wine-Red Heart) was a go-to song at my old karaoke haunt of Kuri in Yorkville back in my university days in the mid-80s; Yorkville is a fancy quarter in downtown Toronto. Someone was always singing it at least once every visit...along with a lot of their later hits. And their 4th single was indeed a was their first No. 1 after it was released in late 1983 and eventually became the 2nd-ranked single for 1984. It was included on their second album, "Anzen Chitai II", released in May 1984.

I've also included a video of them performing on a TV show just to show the great Tamaki in action.  But just listening to it while driving downtown on a Saturday night is also fine.

Thanks to J-Wiki.

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