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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kyosuke Himuro -- KISS ME

For me, one of the things that stuck out when it came to Kyosuke Himuro(氷室京介)was his intense album covers, especially the one for his 2nd album in 1989, "Neo Fascio". It kinda scared me, actually. And there was the uniqueness of his last name, plus the fact that he was the guy behind the rolling "Marionette" when he was part of BOOWY. The man had plenty of that charisma needed to be that rocker.

Himuro's 9th single was "KISS ME", another catchy song whose video was one of the more memorable ones that I've seen during my time there in Japan. And that is considering that the song had been released in December 1992, between my two gigs in the country. And yet that video made some pretty frequent appearances on the music video channels and music retrospectives. I couldn't be less surprised. It was cool to see Himuro and his 100-kilometre stare...or his image, to be exact, prancing about on the curtain in some abandoned palace. It certainly didn't hurt that the song proper had a fine beat to it.

Himuro took care of the music while Goro Matsui(松井五郎), who was often associated with Anzen Chitai(安全地帯)back in the 1980s, wrote the lyrics. It hit No. 1 and became a million-seller before finishing 1993 as the 13th-ranked song. It is also included on his 4th album, "Memories of Blue" which came out in January 1993. It hit No. 1 on the album charts and was the 7th-ranked release of the year.

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