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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Akira Fuse -- Tamaranaku Tasty(たまらなくテイスティー)

There were quite a few actors and actresses outside of Japan who caught the public's eye there for many years. One such thespian is Alain Delon from France, and with performers who have become popular in The Land of the Rising Sun in the decades since, they will almost inevitably be brought over to do a commercial for a Japanese product. Delon was apparently no different as he touted the merits of an early 1980s Mazda Capella.

The song that came with the commercial was Akira Fuse's(布施明)"Tamaranaku Tasty" (Irresistibly Tasty) which was his first single under Philips Records released in September 1982. So far, under the Fuse file, the man with the big voice has done pop, Mood Kayo and some jazz. But this is the first time for me to hear him tackle the urbane sounds of City Pop.

Written by Masako Arikawa(有川正沙子)and composed by GANGY, this is perhaps the type of song that you would like to hear while driving in a Capella...preferably along the coast bombing down to Hakone. The lyrics by Arikawa don't give praise to a car but a woman for whom Fuse seems to be absolutely head-over-heels in love with that mighty big reference to Venus herself. It's about as City Pop as one can get with that little spritz of Latin.

Fuse himself once had a personal connection with one of those thespians who grabbed the Japanese spotlight. He married actress Olivia Hussey of "Romeo and Juliet" fame in 1980 before getting divorced in 1989. In 2013, though, he married singer Yukari Morikawa(森川由加里).

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