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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Asami Kado -- Gekka Bijin (月下美人)

One thing I can say about Fashion Pop singer Asami Kado(門あさ美), she sings like she hangs out in the bars and nightclubs of Akasaka and Ginza: nonchalantly sitting in that chair, a cocktail in one hand, a cigarette dangling between the fingers of the other, and tons of ennui filling her exquisitely made-up visage. I guess maybe that's why she was the face of Fashion Pop (basically City Pop).

"Gekka Bijin" (Beauty Under The Moon) was released as her 6th single in September 1981 and was also a track on her 3rd album, "Semi-Nude" which came out a few months earlier and peaked at No. 16. I'm not sure how the single itself did on the charts but it certainly painted an enticing image for the urban and urbane guys of that unreachable woman who only comes out at night. There's a bit of Cinderella in there although I'm not sure what that beauty changes back into past midnight. An OL? The song was written and composed by Kado, and it has that nice twist of Latin which brings to mind some of the earlier works of Junko Yagami(八神純子).

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