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Friday, May 13, 2022

Momoko Kikuchi -- Nile in Blue


It looks like composer Tetsuji Hayashi(林哲司)is going to get his second shoutout today after Akira Terao's(寺尾聰)"The Stolen Memories", and both that song and this one came about in the same year of 1987.

Hayashi was responsible for coming up with the funky Omega Tribe-friendly "Nile in Blue" for aidoru and City Pop enthusiast Momoko Kikuchi(菊池桃子)as her July 1987 11th single. With Shiro Sagisu(鷺巣詩郎)as arranger and Masao Urino(売野政男)behind the lyrics, it's also got some spacey elements in the music and something mystical within the words about someone willing to miraculously fly the thousands of kilometres to show their love with a desert being the figurative milieu.

The keyboards are the big focus with one set showing off the sparkly night while another providing some really boppy rhythms. And as I intimated above, I think that "Nile in Blue" could have been easily covered by Carlos Toshiki and Omega Tribe. The song reached No. 2 on Oricon and became the 79th-ranked single of the year. Interestingly enough, "Nile in Blue" also served as a theme song for the annual NTV 24-hour telethon that year.

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