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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Yoko Oginome -- Wangan Taiyozoku (湾岸太陽族)

Wow! Haven't heard this one in a long time. And a quarter of a century ago, I was relentlessly listening to Yoko Oginome's(荻野目洋子)"246 Connexion", the album that "Wangan Taiyozoku" (WANGAN-Taiyozoku Bay Area Gang) was on. It was also her 7th single from July 1987 with what I like to call her "Oginoman" sound: her sharp nasal vocals paired with those 80s synths. It and a lot of her album helped me get through those all-nighters during tea worked as well.

I don't think any bike gang from Chiba Prefecture would ever have this song belting out of the gang ghettoblaster but any of Oginome's discography from the 80s often put quite a bit more oomph into the aidoru proceedings. Minoru Yamazaki(山崎稔)came up with the music while Masao Urino(売野雅勇)provided the lyrics. It went as high as No. 3 on Oricon and became the 44th-ranked single in the annual rankings.

Good ol' Odaiba...right on Tokyo Bay.

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