Hard to believe that it's almost been 17 years since the TBS airliner drama "Good Luck" starring the former SMAP heartthrob Takuya Kimura（木村拓哉）first aired with the Yamashita classic "Ride on Time" as its theme. I don't think that I would exaggerating too much when I say that whenever City Pop fans get onto a plane these days, they'll probably be hearing the creamy vocals from that song in their heads if they haven't already plugged in some ear buds with a recording of "Ride on Time". The even more amazing thing to point out is that it's not too far from the 40th anniversary since "Ride on Time" was originally released in May 1980.
Well, it looks like Tats has come out with a new original theme song for a KimuTaku drama that started out earlier in October, "Grand Maison Tokyo"（グランメゾン東京）. But this time, Kimura has switched out a pilot's cap for a chef's hat as he goes on fire to become the best in French cuisine. To suit the story, Yamashita has concocted "RECIPE", a slightly more low-key but nonetheless groovy song about making that French dinner for one's tired significant other. It's the musical equivalent of a romantic repast for two. The music video stars CG Tats and shows various bits of how we're reminded of him, including the famous pose of him pointing at the camera, and the song itself still retains a good dollop of that sunny City Pop from decades earlier.
Yamashita's 52nd single was only released late last month so still not sure how it's done on the charts, but I'm pretty confident that it will score pretty well.