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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Miki Imai -- Kiss yori, Toiki yori(キスより 吐息より)

Picking up on my last article, Yumi Matsutoya's(松任谷由実)"Metropolis no Katasumi de"(メトロポリスの片隅で)as the theme song for actress Miki Imai's(今井美樹)"Igai to Single Girl"(意外とシングルガール)in 1988, I did mention that Imai also had her singer's hat on with the provision of one of her own tunes in the course of the show.

"Kiss yori, Toiki yori" (More Than A Kiss, More Than A Sigh) is the coupling song to Imai's 4th single from August 1988, "Kanojo to TIP ON DUO" (彼女とTIP ON DUO). And compared to the breezy main single with a touch of old-timey jazz, "Kiss yori, Toiki yori" is a sexier effort with a touch of soul. Composed by Jun Sato(佐藤準)and written by Masami Tozawa(戸沢暢美), the lyrics deal with a young lady trying to keep a romance with her significant other as quiet as possible which includes having that phone call in the closet. Must have been a heck of a time trying to handle a phone conversation when it was still cords and landlines. Also, I'm curious about why the lass' paramour has been referred to as a window sill cactus.

For me, this is another quintessential representative of an early Miki Imai song with the combination of the synths and her light vocals. Along with its inclusion in the trendy drama, "Kiss yori, Toiki yori" was also a track on her 3rd album "Bewith" and it ended up as one of the songs on her first BEST album "Ivory" from 1989.

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