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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Maki Ohguro -- Lie, Lie, Lie

New Year's celebrations over in Japan may have become more fun-filled and varied in recent years, especially in the cities, but I think the usual feeling is that it's still a fairly family-oriented and quiet time. Of course, over here in North American cities such as Toronto and New York, it's basically party time. And as such, I would like to start the evening segment of "Kayo Kyoku Plus" for this final night of 2019 with something festive. So, why not have veteran singer-songwriter Maki Ohguro(大黒摩季)star in a video of her own rambunctious hostess club?

The music video is for her 34th single, "Lie, Lie, Lie" released in September 2017. However, instead of that video, I first cottoned onto Ohguro's spicy number when I was in Japan in November that year and caught an episode of "Meitantei Conan"(名探偵コナン...Detective Conan)on the hotel TV and saw "Lie, Lie, Lie" being used as the opening theme for the show at that time. We've only been getting the 2017 episodes in the last couple of weeks here on TV Japan.

Apparently, "Lie, Lie, Lie" was Ohguro's first anison in 20 years since her "Sora"(空)for the anime "Chuuka ga Ichiban!"(中華一番!)back in 1997. The singer took care of words and music for "Lie, Lie, Lie" as it peaked at No. 20 on Oricon, and it's also a track on her 14th original album, "Music Muscle" from December 2018. Although Ohguro is someone that I've often treated as a pop/rock singer, she can really put in the dazzling samba steps for some of her other creations.

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