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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Yoko Oginome -- Roppongi Junjouha (六本木純情派)

This was a favorite amongst the female members of our karaoke clan during our university days at Kuri. "Roppongi Junjouha"(Roppongi Pure-Heart Clique) was this energetic pop song which kinda musically hinted at disco life in Tokyo's entertainment quarter. Whereas "Roppongi Lullaby"(already blogged about) by Yasuko Naito(内藤やす子) had that sheen of expense-account hostess bars and middle-aged guys, Yoko Oginome's(荻野目洋子) 2nd big hit after "Dancing Hero" was more about the young and well-to-do hitting the street-level bars, restaurants and dance clubs.

"Roppongi Junjouha"was released in October 1986, and written by Masao Urino(売野雅勇) who had provided the lyrics to Jun'ichi Inagaki's(稲垣潤一) hit "Natsu no Claxon"夏のクラックション)a few years earlier, and composed by Akihiro Yoshimi(吉実明宏). Oginome's 10th single managed to peak at No. 3 and became the 36th-ranked single of 1987. The song also got Oginome her 2nd appearance at the Kohaku.

Along with the frequent karaoke performances of this song, I often remembered seeing the real singer on multiple episodes of music ranking shows such as "The Best 10" doing her unique dance while she did the song.

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