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Andrew on: September 14, 2007, 05:21:33 AM

Anyone have another J-pop group they like as much as Puffy? Ifve found many great individual songs (mostly J-dorama theme songs). But Ifve yet to find another group whose music I love as much as Puffyfs. Any suggestions?


Cerahbes on: September 14, 2007, 01:33:11 PM

Ayumi Hamasaki

my total favorite, but her music is well ... pop and mostly sad
Puffy makes me happy, and its rock music

its hard for me to compare the two - so I don't, I love them both *^_^*


DoAsPuffy on: September 14, 2007, 05:28:14 PM

Well, the only group that I've loved as much as Puffy is a band called Do As Infinity (as you can see, my username combines my two favorite Japanese bands, haha). They've done theme songs for Inuyasha..songs like "Fukai Mori (Deep Forest)" and "Shinjitsu no Uta (Song of Truth)", but that's not how I discovered them, cause I don't watch anime, haha. But alas, Do As Infinity split up in September of 2005, but I've been following the lead singer's solo career :]

The only singer I've loved as much as Puffy is a singer/songwriter/guitarist named YUI. She's done themes for the anime "Bleach".. these songs are "LIFE" and "Rolling star". She inspires me to keep on playing guitar, singing, and songwriting :]


Jeff on: September 14, 2007, 07:35:11 PM

I'm starting to like Kimura Kaela.

I don't really like many other "j-pop" acts. If it's not somebody I'd like here, it's not somebody I'm going to like in Japan either.


krash on: September 14, 2007, 08:00:51 PM

i listen to the gazettE, maximum the hormone, a bit of utada, porno graffitti, asian kung-fu generation, l'arc~en~ciel, etc...
i discovered my japanese side this year, and i'm looking for more bands! ^^v


TBB on: September 15, 2007, 01:24:53 AM

I'm pretty new to the whole j-pop scene but here's some of the bands I'm into at the moment: Ayumi Hamasaki, AnCafe , L'arc en ciel , GOLLBETTY , Shonen Kamikaze , Shonen Knife , Plastic Tree... they're my favourites. (but they dont compare to PUFFY) Smiley


Anthony on: September 15, 2007, 05:51:02 AM

I have all of Kimura Kaela's albums and singles, so I guess you could say I'm a fan of hers. I'm also a big fan of Shonen Knife; their lyrics can be insanely goofy sometimes, but they write good songs and rock out a whole bunch (they're also supposed to be touring the U.S. in November -- woo!).

My best friend is a huge Ayumi fan, so I've heard most of her stuff (or at least her approximately eight billion hits). I'm not a huge fan of the dance pop genre, but she has some catchy songs and she doesn't always strictly adhere to dance pop.

The rest of my Japanese music collection is a bit more random. I've recently gotten into Suzuki Shoko -- she actually has written a handful of songs for Puffy, so that's how I discovered her...though her solo work is softer than her work with Puffy. I also have a couple of albums by surf-rock band browny circus (who did the song "Time Machine ni Onegai," which is the first song to play over the end credits for Shimotsuma Monogatari/Kamikaze Girls), and even Tommy Heavenly6 (who tends to sound an awful lot like Avril Lavigne). I also picked up YUKI's 2006 album and liked it, so I might go and get more of her stuff. Going back even further than that, I have a two-disc greatest hits set by Pink Lady, which is mindless '70s disco/rock.

I'm surprised no one's mentioned Okuda Tamio.


Andrew on: September 15, 2007, 10:13:37 AM

Ifve got several J-pop (well Ifm lazily using this term to basically mean modern Japanese music I guess lol) CDs but they just donft seem to do much for me.

I got Tamio Okudafs Failbox, Tamaki Namifs Single Collection vol 1, TM Revolutionfs Seventh Heaven, Ai Otsukafs Love Punch, Utadafs Exodus, Shonen Knifesf Letfs Knife and Kimura Kaelafs Circle. For me they are like every other group that I find one song I like -- the rest of the songs on their CDs donft seem to be anything special to me.

Oddly enough Puffy is the first (to me) new group that I love almost all their songs since way back in my college days.


Wednesday on: September 15, 2007, 02:41:07 PM

Quote from: Anthony on September 15, 2007, 05:51:02 AM
I have all of Kimura Kaela's albums and singles, so I guess you could say I'm a fan of hers.

I love her!! I think its because she's half Japanese. (I'm 1/4)


DoAsPuffy on: September 15, 2007, 03:35:06 PM

Quote from: Anthony on September 15, 2007, 05:51:02 AM
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Okuda Tamio.

Ahh, how could I forget that wonderful man!!! Haha. I own two of his albums.. "Goldblend" (awesome album) and "Car Songs of the Years".


Anthony on: September 15, 2007, 04:40:22 PM

Andrew's mention of Utada Hikaru's Exodus CD reminded me that I also own that turgid piece of poo. Ugh. I also own her Ultra Blue album (on a Thai import, of all things), which is at least a little bit better. I also remember hearing a friend's copy of her First Love CD back in the day, but I seem to recall not liking it too much. I much prefer Ayumi.

I also forgot that I own Shouso Strip by Shiina Ringo; many things I read online claimed it was a truly amazing album, but it doesn't really do anything for me. Sure, it's all right in places, but it wasn't a great revelation. Maybe someone else can enlighten me as to why she's supposedly the greatest thing since sliced bread -- I'd take Puffy and Kaela over her every time without a second thought.


alkulp on: September 17, 2007, 09:43:56 AM

I've listened to a few other J-pop groups/artists, but the only one I can say that I really like is "Love Psychedelico". The singer's voice... (Kumi is her name) very captivating. The music is hip rock, catchy and well done also.


DoAsPuffy on: September 17, 2007, 04:55:19 PM

Quote from: Anthony on September 15, 2007, 04:40:22 PM
Andrew's mention of Utada Hikaru's Exodus CD reminded me that I also own that turgid piece of poo. Ugh.

"Ugh" is right.. the only reason I bought that CD was because she was Japanese. I remember finding it at Target and I was really excited. Then I find out that there are a total of 3 good songs on it.. "Exodus '04", "Easy Breezy", and "Animato". The rest of the album is crap. BUT, she makes up for it, because everything else she's put out is amazing. :]


Anthony on: September 17, 2007, 05:38:15 PM

I knew who Utada Hikaru was when I bought my copy of the CD (though I wasn't super familiar with her music), so I was excited to get it (at a Media Play!). Then I got home and actually listened to it. Seriously, the lyrics to "Easy Breezy" had me cringing from the outset -- "You're easy breezy and I'm Japaneesy"? Yikes.

On the other hand, the failure of that album here in the States -- helped in part by a nearly-nonexistent promotional campaign -- just helped to reinforce the perception that Japanese artists can't be successful in America.


aj_loves_pXuXfXfXy on: September 19, 2007, 08:28:28 PM

Utada Hikaru.
She's amazing.

There isn't one song that she has made that I dislike.

If you want to hear one of her best albums, I would recommend Deep River.

For those of you who started with Exodus, personally, I think it was a bad choice. Don't get me wrong, I still like it! It was probably just a little too different for those who didn't appreciate it.

I also like Ayumi, but if I hear to much of her high pitched voice I have to stop listening for awhile. Her music is very good though. Big Ayumi fan.

Oh and for those who are involved with the Ayu-Hikki rivalry, they have said themselves that it was just the record companies trying to push records. They have actually sung together before.

Who else? Yuna Ito, Ai Otsuka, Halcali, Namie Amuro, Morning Musume, and Koda Kumi are worth your time too!

Gackt and Hyde are both good J-rockers.

PUFFY Forever!!

Other J-pop groups - Page Two

Anthony on: September 21, 2007, 04:20:32 PM

Quote from: aj_loves_pXuXfXfXy on September 19, 2007, 08:28:28 PM
...Morning Musume...

Morning Musume -- and the entire Hello! Project -- is scary. I don't know why, but it's just...not...right.

Maybe it's the whole assembly-line process of the thing. They just keep reloading with more and more members, while the older members get recycled into new groups. It just keeps going and going and going...

Grin


krash on: September 22, 2007, 05:01:19 PM

Quote from: Anthony on September 21, 2007, 04:20:32 PM
Quote from: aj_loves_pXuXfXfXy on September 19, 2007, 08:28:28 PM
...Morning Musume...

Morning Musume -- and the entire Hello! Project -- is scary. I don't know why, but it's just...not...right.

Maybe it's the whole assembly-line process of the thing. They just keep reloading with more and more members, while the older members get recycled into new groups. It just keeps going and going and going...

Grin

me too.
i don't like the entire Hello! Project... i can hear anyone japanese group but Morning Musume...
sorry
=X


PUFFYROCKS on: September 23, 2007, 08:26:09 PM

I also like Ayumi Hamasaki, The pillows, and Judy and Mary/YUKI


ichigo on: September 24, 2007, 10:47:08 AM

Other than Puffy, I guess I don't listen to much J-Pop. I like Utada, but the only album of hers I can listen to start to finish is "Deep River". I agree with aj, it's very, very good! I like Ayu much better, which is strange cuz when my friend first introduced me to her I thought her voice was horrible. Now I love her! Halcali is great, too, even my husband will listen to them.

I LOVE old Hello! Project. Almost anything before the 6th generation joined MoMusu. Now that everyone I love is gone, I still follow it in case they pop up, but I find it a bit blah, and too full of kids now. I know most people hate MM/HP, but I am comfortable with my obsession. Grin


HARDCORE on: September 24, 2007, 04:16:50 PM

Ayumi sounds good to me but, it does'nt get my atention like puffy ^^


Anthony on: September 25, 2007, 05:12:28 AM

Quote from: ichigo on September 24, 2007, 10:47:08 AM
I LOVE old Hello! Project. Almost anything before the 6th generation joined MoMusu. Now that everyone I love is gone, I still follow it in case they pop up, but I find it a bit blah, and too full of kids now. I know most people hate MM/HP, but I am comfortable with my obsession. Grin

I don't actually hate the Hello! Project and it's fifteen thousand musical acts -- indeed, I've probably only heard two or three Morning Musume songs in my life. Instead, my dislike of them is purely irrational -- every time I see Morning Musume, and its hundreds of tiny, similarly dressed members, my mind immediately thinks of Children of the Corn or Village of the Damned, just a lot peppier and more loudly dressed.

Yes, I'm a very strange person.


Jeff on: September 25, 2007, 08:27:20 AM

Quote from: Anthony on September 21, 2007, 04:20:32 PM
Morning Musume -- and the entire Hello! Project -- is scary. I don't know why, but it's just...not...right.

A lot of people in Japan feel the same way. They're not really taken seriously, you know, except by some really ultra-rabid fans that definitely fall under the "otaku" label. If you call yourself a Morning Musume fan in Japan, people are going to look at you funny and maybe walk on the other side of the street. They're mainly popular with little girls and strange, creepy men. (This is not to denigrate anyone here, but this is the way it is in Japan.)

Generally speaking, I'm not really into the way "j-pop" is all lumped together. Do people in the US listen to "pop" music as if it's all one thing? I mean do people listen to Britney Spears *and* 50 Cent *and* Green Day *and* Evanescence and like them all equally, even though they couldn't be more different? Maybe some people do, I guess. But I can't be like that; some music's good, some music sucks, it's not all equal and it's not all the same.

I actually just bought my first Kimura Kaela CD on my last trip to Japan and I like her because, like Puffy, she plays a style of music that I'm into. I can't listen to people like Ayumi Hamasaki or Kumi Koda or especially any of the Hello Project; it's just not my kind of music. Although I will say that I at least respect Japanese artists like them (even the Hello Project) because they really sing and they really dance; no lip-syncing, no tricks to make them look or sound good. Even pop stars in Japan are real performers, unlike here.

I do *occasionally* like Utada Hikaru; I like some of her older songs and I also like "Beautiful World", although probably only because I actually heard it in the Evangelion movie that it was written for.


ichigo on: September 25, 2007, 10:39:58 AM

Quote from: Jeff on September 25, 2007, 08:27:20 AM

If you call yourself a Morning Musume fan in Japan, people are going to look at you funny and maybe walk on the other side of the street. They're mainly popular with little girls and strange, creepy men. (This is not to denigrate anyone here, but this is the way it is in Japan.)

I know, if I ever went to Japan, I would probably be shunned for my crappy taste! Grin That's the one thing (well, besides the amount of people under the age of 14 now) that bugs me about H!P, is their creepy man fan base. Scary! Some of those dudes are quite old, and most of those girls, um, aren't. Ew. It makes me sad, too, that some of the girls actually are (or were) really talented, and when you think about it, Tsunku is just throwing them on stage in the tiniest outfit possible and pimping them out. And then when they're not cute anymore, they just get cast aside.... I don't mean to pick on one of my favorites, but sheesh.
v /end thread hijack


TofuUnion on: October 22, 2007, 02:33:11 AM

Former " Princess Princess " Vocalist Kaori Okui has written Haru no Asa(Morning of Spring) for Puffy. Princess Princess (83 - 96) were popular Japanese all female rock band. Probably they enjoyed more success in J-Pop music scene than Puffy. When Puffy debuted in 96 they still existed as a big star. They wrote all the songs by themselves such as :

19 Growing Up (1988) : Composition by Okui, Lyrics by Kyoko Tomita (Dr)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SztxOKqCeWk&mode=related&search

Go Away Boy : Composition and Lyrics by Kanako Nakayama (Gt)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir1Qu_lE2zI&mode=related&search

Get Crazy : Composition by Kaori Okui, Lyrics by Kanako Nakayama
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mdz5q3Gpz4

Guitarman (Last Live 1996) : Composition and Lyrics by Kaori Okui

M : Composition by Kaori Okui, Lyrics by Kyoko Tomita
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifx5CeNpt5Y&mode=related&search

The band had solid music style and originality about rock/pop/ballade songs with very poppy sound and girlish lyrics. I remember there were many enthusiastic (especially female) fans. I belong to the same generation, so these YouTube videos bring back old good days.

I assume in the year 1996 the members started feeling that it would be getting more difficult to create new songs. So they decided to quit the band before they were declining.


Anthony on: October 22, 2007, 04:33:53 AM

Thanks for those links, TofuUnion; I've been meaning to check out Princess Princess for a while now because of the Kaori Okui (now Kaori Kishitani) connection -- especially because "Haru no Asa" is one of my favorite Puffy songs (a similar line of thinking led me to Shoko Suzuki, who've I've blathered about on and on before).

Having said that, while the songs rock and are catchy enough, watching those videos was like taking a time warp back to 1988 -- big hair and loud costumes! It's like every Poison (or your hair band of choice, since they were all very similar) video ever rolled into one.


Jeff on: October 22, 2007, 09:50:04 AM

I've started getting into Chatmonchy lately. The video I posted on amiyumidas that's got them playing before Puffy at Summer Sonic set off what might become a new obsession for me Smiley

http://amiyumidas.blogspot.com/2007/10/sweet-love-shower-2007-video.html

The guy who posted that video to YouTube did so at my request for more Puffy vids, but he sometimes just throws in random stuff that he likes. He got me into Kaela that way and now he's got me into Chatmonchy. (btw, you're not meant to find that video on YouTube, which is why I'm not linking to it there.)

Here's the non-live version of that song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alXd5-lTg9U

I actually like it live better. It's a little less intentionally cutesy (and I think Eriko looks better), although I do like the little dance they do at the end of the live version, cutesy as it is Smiley

She also gets a pretty big sound out of that little single coil telecaster when she plays it live.

btw I probably wouldn't call Chatmonchy "j-pop" - I guess they're "j-indie" although they're not actually indie anymore. But that's more their sound.


TofuUnion on: October 24, 2007, 07:51:34 AM

Tatsuya Nakamura who played drums for the recording of Kimi to Ootobai and Hayai Kuruma, was a former drummer of the band " Blankey Jet City ". Ami had been a huge fan of the band since she was a high school student.

She writes about her happy story about it. Ami was struck dumb with happy surprise when she learned that Tatsuya Nakamura was appointed to the drummer for Honeycreeper. When she met him at the recording studio she was kind of nervous. Yumi said to Ami " I've never seen Anko(nickname of Ami) like that before." Ami had cried in front of the crowd without reserve at the beginning of Blankey Jet City's last concert in 2000. (It had been already announced they were quitting the band.) And she still now dare not watch the DVD of that concert. Smiley


DoAsPuffy on: October 25, 2007, 12:35:03 PM

Quote from: Jeff on October 22, 2007, 09:50:04 AM
I've started getting into Chatmonchy lately. The video I posted on amiyumidas that's got them playing before Puffy at Summer Sonic set off what might become a new obsession for me Smiley

AH, great! Another Chatmonchy fan :] They're amazing. Me and my friend started a forum for them because we are fanatics, lol. http://s11.invisionfree.com/Chatmonchy_Shangrila is the link if you're interested :]

In the chorus of one of their songs, "Joshitachi ni Asu wa Nai", they sound like Puffy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf7OHW6F9_c


Jeff on: October 26, 2007, 01:35:41 PM

New Chatmonchy album debuted (and is apparently staying) at #2...

just behind... the Back Street Boys?!


DoAsPuffy on: October 26, 2007, 05:34:15 PM

Quote from: Jeff on October 26, 2007, 01:35:41 PM
New Chatmonchy album debuted (and is apparently staying) at #2...

just behind... the Back Street Boys?!

Haha yeah, I pretty much went crazy when I found that out... Other J-pop groups - Page Three

krash on: October 28, 2007, 07:03:42 PM

did anyone listen to Charlotte??


Amifan on: November 03, 2007, 01:20:32 PM

I mentioned a few in my first post to this forum. I'll go into a little detail here.

Yellow Magic Orchestra Wikipedia
My first Japanese music discovery, waaaay back when around their second album. I love them forever, but can't imagine average Puffy fans being even slightly interested.

Cornelius Wikipedia AllMusic
Truly amazing artist. Not really JPop or JRock, but very poppy and rockish at times. I saw him this summer in NYC and will see him again here in January.

Pizzicato Five Wikipedia AllMusic
Every Japanese music fan should know about this famous group. No excuses! Grin

Halcali Wikipedia Halcali Day By Day
I discovered them when they were described somewhere as "young Puffy".
A totally manufactured band, but so cute and fun. My guilty pleasure.

I love two very special female singer/songwriters, who make amazing, personal music and also help produce it and do the artwork, all of which is rare in Japanese pop music, where artists so much of the time seem to be disposeable tissues.

Cocco Nippop Wikipedia AllMusic
My favorite female solo artist. I cannot recommend her enough.

Shiina Ringo Fan Blog Junk Magnet Nippop Wikipedia
Very cool. Maybe a little intense for people who prefer their music bland and simple.

FYI, Cornelius, Puffy and Pizzicato Five were argueably the three most popular Shibuya-kei groups of the '90s.


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 08:04:40 AM

Last week I made a trip to the nearby "Japanese Entertainment Store" (which I only learned about last week) and picked up Judy and Mary's Miracle Diving, Tommy February6's first CD, and ZONE's "Secret Base" CD single for about $19 total (including tax). The Judy and Mary disc was really good pop rock, and I liked the ZONE song from way back. By all indications I should have hated the Tommy February6 disc -- since it's lots of synth-heavy '80s dance pop -- but somehow I like it; it's a lot better than Tommy Heavenly6's Avril Lavigne-esque pop punk. (If you didn't know, Tommy Heavenly and Tommy February are both alter-egos of Tomoko Kawase, lead vocalist for The Brilliant Green).

I'll definitely have to hit up the Japanese Entertainment Store more often; their selection of CDs isn't the best, but they have some good stuff. The only Puffy discs they had were the U.S. versions of Splurge and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, and a copy the Taiwan edition of Nice.


ichigo on: November 06, 2007, 08:18:30 AM

Quote from: Anthony on November 06, 2007, 08:04:40 AM
I liked the ZONE song from way back.

I knew something was missing from my list! I forgot to praise ZONE! I'm not sure if it's on YouTube (probably), but I have a great video of them from the John Lennon tribute concert singing "Girl", and "Tell Me Why", I think. It's been awhile since I dug it out. Puffy was apparently there and sang "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey", but I've never been able to find it. Embarrassed


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 08:25:33 AM

Quote from: ichigo on November 06, 2007, 08:18:30 AM
I knew something was missing from my list! I forgot to praise ZONE! I'm not sure if it's on YouTube (probably), but I have a great video of them from the John Lennon tribute concert singing "Girl", and "Tell Me Why", I think. It's been awhile since I dug it out. Puffy was apparently there and sang "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey", but I've never been able to find it. Embarrassed

I remember that concert (well, reading about it, at least). I didn't know ZONE was there, but that's sounds like a great video -- and definitely some Beatle songs that don't get covered too often! (My inner 13-year old is giggling at the thought of them singing the "tit tit tit" backing vocals in "Girl").


ichigo on: November 06, 2007, 08:59:19 AM

Quote from: Anthony on November 06, 2007, 08:25:33 AM
I remember that concert (well, reading about it, at least). I didn't know ZONE was there, but that's sounds like a great video -- and definitely some Beatle songs that don't get covered too often! (My inner 13-year old is giggling at the thought of them singing the "tit tit tit" backing vocals in "Girl").

Bahaha! I had to go dig it out to see how they handled that! It's really hard to tell, but my inner 13 year old prefers to believe it's there! Grin It's funny how even someone as great as the Beatles had to let their inner 13 year old girls out sometimes, too! Didn't they replace "big teaser" with um....something that might be inappropriate (I'm not sure what the language rules are here!)....in "Day Tripper", or did they think about it and not actually do it?

Another thread hijack!


Anthony on: November 06, 2007, 09:05:59 AM

Quote from: ichigo on November 06, 2007, 08:59:19 AM
Bahaha! I had to go dig it out to see how they handled that! It's really hard to tell, but my inner 13 year old prefers to believe it's there! Grin It's funny how even someone as great as the Beatles had to let their inner 13 year old girls out sometimes, too! Didn't they replace "big teaser" with um....something that might be inappropriate (I'm not sure what the language rules are here!)....in "Day Tripper", or did they think about it and not actually do it?

Another thread hijack!

I love that about the Beatles, as well. They never took themselves so seriously that they couldn't take the mickey out of themselves at times, letting their inner 13-year old run wild for a while. As for Day Tripper, I think the phrase you're referring to was never seriously in the song, for obvious reasons. But I've definitely read about that line in multiple places, so there's definitely something to it.

Muhahaha!


TofuUnion on: November 10, 2007, 05:34:59 AM

Probably I could introduce several J-Pop great hit songs, that are nice listening (Revised).

The Boom : Shima Uta (Island Song) was initially released in 1992. This song has been covered by many singers including UK singer IZZY or Alfredo Casero(he covered the song in Japanese and made an Argentina mega hit in 2002). The Boom recorded the song again for Single CD in 2002.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH4GqZxkQVQ

Misia is regarded as the most skillful female J-Pop(or R&B) singer in Japan. She seldom goes on TV music show. This is probably affecting negatively on her popularity among ordinary music fans. Even so she has been always very successful in concerts. This year, she performed in Taiwan for the first outside Japan tour and had been enthusiastically welcomed by local fans. " Everything " was her greatest hit song sold 2 million copies.

Misia : Everything (2000) PV & Live
http://www.megavideo.com/?v=534MAF9L
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNM6bRkpqc8

Misia : Hatenaku Tsuzuku Story (2002)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF1FB4yfcrI

Misia : Nemurenu Yoru wa Kiminosei
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxOUusWlKrE

" Hitomi wo Tojite " (With the eyes closed) was sung by Ken Hirai for the movie " Crying Out Love in the Center of the World ". This song was the 2004 best hit as well as the movie. They made great hits in South Korea too.

Ken Hirai : Hitomi wo Tojite (2004)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnrafWH6fDI

Ken Hirai : Omoi ga Kasanaru Sonomaeni
http://www.megavideo.com/?v=5F5B6ULZ

Recently I listened to Beni Arashiro. She is also good looking.
http://www.veoh.com/videos/v3585466J9tr5Aa?searchId=907840090301915079&rank=8


Mode7 on: November 10, 2007, 05:08:00 PM

Quote from: Anthony on November 06, 2007, 09:05:59 AM
Quote from: ichigo on November 06, 2007, 08:59:19 AM
Bahaha! I had to go dig it out to see how they handled that! It's really hard to tell, but my inner 13 year old prefers to believe it's there! Grin It's funny how even someone as great as the Beatles had to let their inner 13 year old girls out sometimes, too! Didn't they replace "big teaser" with um....something that might be inappropriate (I'm not sure what the language rules are here!)....in "Day Tripper", or did they think about it and not actually do it?

Another thread hijack!

I love that about the Beatles, as well. They never took themselves so seriously that they couldn't take the mickey out of themselves at times, letting their inner 13-year old run wild for a while. As for Day Tripper, I think the phrase you're referring to was never seriously in the song, for obvious reasons. But I've definitely read about that line in multiple places, so there's definitely something to it.

Muhahaha!

Is it anything compared to a certain secret meaning in "Penny Lane"? You know... that one??
I was just reading the Anthology book when Paul basically admitted to hiding a little regional "dialect" in the song. I don't believe anyone would've had the faintest clue had one not lived in Liverpool! Aye, I was shocked when I read that. But you know what? All the more power to them.

Sorta like that one episode in Rocko's Modern Life when...*

[sine divided by cosine]

Oh, right. J-pop.

I think I may just have to dig into some more Kaela Kimura. "Real Life, Real Heart" is a great song that I would have never listened to were it not on that amazing DS music game called Ouendan 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56mNzfT1wHs
To be honest, I refuse to believe there's another Puffy out there, but K.K. appears to be someone with the same charm, but unique.

I really need to expand my musical tastes.
Or not.
Well, certainly my musical library.

* Oh boy, do I miss the 90s and all the stuff that could be hidden in cartoons without ramifications from overzealous soccer moms.


Jeff on: November 10, 2007, 08:50:07 PM

Quote from: Mode7 on November 10, 2007, 05:08:00 PM
I think I may just have to dig into some more Kaela Kimura. "Real Life, Real Heart" is a great song that I would have never listened to were it not on that amazing DS music game called Ouendan 2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56mNzfT1wHs
To be honest, I refuse to believe there's another Puffy out there, but K.K. appears to be someone with the same charm, but unique.

The parallels between her and Puffy are pretty striking. She had an indie rock band in high school (like Ami did). She was produced by Tamio Okuda for a while (he even played in her band live). She hosted "Saku Saku Morning Show" (which Puffy started) for three years. She's now working with a lot of the same guest producers that Puffy is - or probably, the other way around. There's even a kind of "Kaela-mania" - there was a poll done just about a month ago that showed Kaela's hair style is the #1 hair style for teenage girls right now.

She has a personality that I'd call similar to Ami and Yumi put together. She's kind of weird and funny. Her Japanese is sometimes really non-standard and she says unexpected things in interviews. Nobody knows if it's on purpose or by mistake, but she's famous for it.

Back when she first came on the scene, I really thought she was just some cute but otherwise untalented hack that her record label had found to try to replicate Puffy's earlier success, but with a younger generation. Now, though, I feel completely different about her. She's really got a lot of good stuff going on; she's got a legitimate punk background, she's got a great voice, she can really play guitar (and does live), and the songs she does write on her albums are pretty impressive. She's got a great stage presence too, although she didn't so much originally... she's grown into being a great live performer. I wish she had some designs on conquering the west, but it seems like she really doesn't care to, so we'll probably never get to see her over here.

Kaela's old punk band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sPlck6C_y4
This is my favorite clip of her: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x311fs_kimura-kaela-beatlive-scratch

Some people here may have seen that before, but if you haven't, it's from her recently released DVD. The song's by Tamio Okuda, and I love that it sounds better live than it does on the album. (I also love that she plays a mini-strat.)


Anthony on: November 11, 2007, 04:30:37 AM

Quote from: Mode7 on November 10, 2007, 05:08:00 PM
Is it anything compared to a certain secret meaning in "Penny Lane"? You know... that one??
I was just reading the Anthology book when Paul basically admitted to hiding a little regional "dialect" in the song. I don't believe anyone would've had the faintest clue had one not lived in Liverpool! Aye, I was shocked when I read that. But you know what? All the more power to them.

It's somewhat similar to the line in "Penny Lane," only a whole lot more overt. Supposedly, the line in "Day Tripper" that goes "She's a big teaser / She took me half the way there" was originally "She's a p***k teaser / She took me half the way there." Of course, since that would not have gone over well in 1965, that was changed rather quickly.

And yes, I too love Kaela Kimura. I just got her latest single, "Yellow," from CDJapan a few days ago (along with YUKI's Five Star singles collection album), and it's pretty good. I don't think it's as immediately strong as some of her past work, but I initially thought the same thing about her previous single ("Samantha"), and now I like that a lot.


ichigo on: November 11, 2007, 12:14:23 PM

Quote from: Mode7 on November 10, 2007, 05:08:00 PM
Sorta like that one episode in Rocko's Modern Life when...*

I kinda miss that show! It's been ages since I've seen it, so I only remember a few episodes (old age, you know), but I do remember one of the guys on the show making a film or something in which the dialog consisted of Heiffer (sp?) saying "naaaaked" and Rocko saying "Oh my!", I think. I might have who said what wrong. Sometimes that will pop in my head when I'm doing something and I'll say "naaaked. Oh my!" and my husband looks at me like I'm criminally insane. He didn't get good shows while he was growing up. Sad He didn't get it when we named our guinea pig Haggis McHaggis (Ren and Stimpy).

ummm....back on topic, I've been meaning to check out more Kaela Kimura but just haven't cuz I'm too forgetful and maybe lazy. The shame!


Randall Flagg on: November 12, 2007, 09:48:08 PM

Other groups/artists that I will plunk down my money for w/o reservation:

Brilliant Green (including the Tommy solo stuff)
Sakamoto Maaya
Guitar Wolf


Puffy Love on: November 21, 2007, 01:45:46 PM

I can't believe that this thread is three pages long and no one has mentioned Go!Go!7188. After Puffy, they are my fave J-rock band. Their bassist, Akko, is probably one of the best bassists in rock...............and she's damn cute!!


Asuka on: November 25, 2007, 06:54:59 PM

I lurve m-flo, BoA and especially Do as Infinity. What great j-pop singers/rappers they are. ^^

Other J-pop groups - Page Four

Cerahbes on: November 26, 2007, 10:35:15 AM

hrm I simply forgot to mention that I have a weakness for Aikawa Nanase =0


Asuka on: November 26, 2007, 02:00:08 PM

Quote from: Randall Flagg on November 12, 2007, 09:48:08 PM
Other groups/artists that I will plunk down my money for w/o reservation:

Brilliant Green (including the Tommy solo stuff)
Sakamoto Maaya
Guitar Wolf

OMG I love Brilliant Green! Their song Rainy days never stays was and still is cool. ^^


Puffy Love on: November 26, 2007, 03:48:16 PM

I know the thread says J-pop but I prefer J-rock starting with the granddads of J-rock Unicorn and Tamio Okuda. Besides Puffy and Go!Go!7188, I like Yui, Shiina Ringo and Akaiwa Nanase and am starting to dig Chatmonchy for, ahem, female J-rock. For male J-rock I like Asian Kung-Fu Generation and Bump of Chicken.

And who DOESN'T love the Tokyo Paradise Ska Orchestra?

I know I have much more to hear yet though............

Anybody heard this version of Ai No Shirushi by Spitz?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAK8L1P04W8


Anthony on: November 26, 2007, 04:31:12 PM

I don't necessarily love the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, but it seems that every single artist I get a CD of works with them, so they're all over my Japanese CD collection. Seriously, I have nearly half a dozen CDs featuring them in some form, but I don't actually own anything by them.

Also, I tried getting into Ringo Shiina, but my brain wouldn't let me. She just didn't do anything for me.


Randall Flagg on: November 26, 2007, 06:36:49 PM

Quote from: Asuka on November 26, 2007, 02:00:08 PM
Quote from: Randall Flagg on November 12, 2007, 09:48:08 PM
Other groups/artists that I will plunk down my money for w/o reservation:

Brilliant Green (including the Tommy solo stuff)
Sakamoto Maaya
Guitar Wolf

OMG I love Brilliant Green! Their song Rainy days never stays was and still is cool. ^^

You are wise.


Cerahbes on: November 30, 2007, 12:17:55 AM

I'll admit, I picked up some Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra cds while I was in Japan, and have yet to listen to them *^_^* ... only like ... 5 months ago ...

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