Monday, March 23, 2015

Japanese Music I Bought in November 2014

In 2006, pop-rock group The Royal Guardsmen released Snoopy vs. Osama, 40 long years after their original hit, Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.  They didn't trouble to explain to everyone what they had been doing in the meantime, and I am no different. "Snoopy vs. Osama" was just what America needed in 2006 and this post about some records I bought from a day and a half digging in Tokyo last year is exactly what America needs right now.

Go ahead, press Play. You are in for a real treat.

I used to live in Japan but never got a lot of Japanese language records because:
a) I knew nothing, and;
b) a lot of Japanese record stores don't let you listen before you buy, and;
c) I had no damn money in the first place.

Nowadays we have YouTube, so with a couple of hours homework I was able to figure a few names to look out for and this mix is the result of me splashing my yens around Yokohama, Shibuya and Ikebukuro.

I only had about a dozen records to work with but I took a stab at making it into a proper mix anyway. Monkey apologizes for the bizarre transition into his theme song.

What a cocky, saucy monkey this one is!

Tatsuro Yamashita - Merry-Go-Round (1983)
Tatsuro Yamashita - Love Talkin' (1982)
Toshiki Kadomatsu - Take Me Away (1983)
Godiego - Monkey Magic (1978)
Pedro and Capricious - Carnival (1972)
Hiromi Iwasaki - Osharena Kanjyo (1976)
Hiromi Iwasaki - Kiss Again (1980)
Sandii - Zoot Kook (1980)
Kimiko Kasai - Use Me (1975)
Tatsuro Yamashita - Touch Me Lightly (1979)

Interludes and drops are taken from these two albums:

That's all, seeya next time!

Farewell from "Pedro and Capricious"! 

1 comment:

  1. Good to see that you've flickered back into internet life. Japan is one thing, but is there any chance of finally documenting your trip across the Desert of Skulls? The world is crying out for more snarky play-throughs of 80s gamebooks. (Apologies for hectoring you on the subject, but you are really a victim of your own comic genius.)