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Andrew on: October 02, 2007, 09:09:19 AM

So which is your favorite original Puffy CD?

Note: this poll is now also available at Puffy Polls.

Since it was my first introduction to Puffy I think I would have to go with Hi Hi in part because it included several of their previous hits.


alkulp on: October 02, 2007, 09:56:50 AM

Hi Hi was the first, but Nice was the Best! Beyond that it's soo difficult to rate their catalog. It's all so good, so varied... That's one of the things I really love about Puffy.


Anthony on: October 02, 2007, 11:32:21 AM

Fever*Fever.

I'm not a child of the '60s, but I did grow up on a steady diet of "classic rock" and have a major fondness for '60s rock, and Fever*Fever is the most '60s-sounding of Puffy's discs (dig the electric sitar on "Hatarakuyo"!). I like all of Puffy's albums a lot, but that one is my favorite.

Sadly, it also seems that CD has been all but forgotten by Ami and Yumi. They don't sing any of the songs from it in concert that much anymore (except in stuff like the medley seen in Tour! Puffy! Tour! 10 FINAL), when each of the other albums get at least one or two songs performed. Perhaps that's because it is, in fact, too '60s sounding to mesh with their current indie/hard rock concert playlists. Or maybe they just don't like the album, or feel it's too old. I dunno.


Jeff on: October 02, 2007, 01:09:54 PM

I was thinking about this when writing my honeycreeper review - if this album isn't what I expect from Puffy, then what is?

Surprisingly (for me, anyway), the answer that I kept coming up with was Spike. Increasingly, I find myself subconsciously comparing everything they do these days with that album.

I used to think Nice was my favorite, then for a while Fever Fever. I still like both of those albums, in fact I like all of their albums. But Spike has both so many essential Puffy songs as well as so many different styles of music. If I could only take one Puffy album with me to a deserted island, it'd have to be that one.


DoAsPuffy on: October 02, 2007, 03:37:28 PM

Haha, I really couldn't chose just one.. it's a four-way tie between "Jet", "Fever*Fever", "Nice", and "Spike".

I like "Jet" just because it's good ol' Puffy. It has hits like "Kore ga.." and "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etc". I think this was the second Puffy album I got.

I like "Fever*Fever" because of the old 60s-70s sound the majority of the songs have. And who can resist "Robot Prototype 0.2" or "Natsuyasumi Prototype"?? lol.

I like "Nice" because it has a nice fresh sound throughout. And it has a good balence of rock and pop.

I like "Spike" because of the diversity.. it opens with ska, then to pop-rock, then disco, then rock.. etc; It definitely shows how versatile Puffy is.

To pick a favorite album..It really depends on what kind of mood I'm in. Like, right now, I would say "Fever*Fever", but I know that'll probably change in a week or two, lol. I'll vote for it anyway =P


TBB on: October 02, 2007, 04:56:52 PM

It's really hard to decide I like pretty much all of them the same but I'd probably have to go with Jet and Splurge. I also really like AmiYumi because I dont listen to it as much as the others but when I do I really enjoy it. Huh It really depends on the time of the week....


corbu on: October 02, 2007, 09:34:11 PM

fever*fever


Jinmouri on: October 02, 2007, 10:59:14 PM

Chotto! Wait! Andrew, you forgot an album...59 is my most favorite album because it was also a "forgotten" CD for a while and even though it's a mini-album, the b-side, Kokoro ni Hana o is a song that's personal and means a lot to me. Every other song is awesome or became a huge hit. Also, the artwork and the CD cover are great and I had really wanted the CD for a long time and when I got it, it was really a great album.

So hard to choose, I also like Jet, Fever and Nice as well...


DoAsPuffy on: October 03, 2007, 04:13:48 PM

Quote from: Jinmouri-San on October 02, 2007, 10:59:14 PM
Chotto! Wait! Andrew, you forgot an album...59 is my most favorite album because it was also a "forgotten" CD for a while and even though it's a mini-album, the b-side, Kokoro ni Hana o is a song that's personal and means a lot to me. Every other song is awesome or became a huge hit. Also, the artwork and the CD cover are great and I had really wanted the CD for a long time and when I got it, it was really a great album.

So hard to choose, I also like Jet, Fever and Nice as well...

Haha, I was wondering why the list looked kind of funky.. there was one missing! And I agree.. "Kokori ni Hana wo" is really an excellent song. And I love how the CD booklet folds out to be a poster.. it's hanging on my door! :]


Andrew on: October 03, 2007, 07:38:02 PM

Ha ha ok ok I"ll add 59. Not sure I can put it in order but hey there you go.


Cerahbes on: October 04, 2007, 10:40:26 PM

I love all the Puffy albums, I really really do ... but I had to go with Solo Solo. Odd answer I'm sure not many people would expect since its not really "Puffy" since they aren't singing together. I can't help but find myself singing songs like Love Depth while I'm at work ... surrounded by a lot of customers...

On a side note, I am mad at Yesasia - I pre-ordered my Honeycreeper a full month ahead of time and I still haven't got it =(


Jeff on: October 05, 2007, 11:54:22 AM

Quote from: Cerahbes on October 04, 2007, 10:40:26 PM

On a side note, I am mad at Yesasia - I pre-ordered my Honeycreeper a full month ahead of time and I still haven't got it =(

Yeah, Yesasia does that sometimes - it's why I don't order from them as a primary source. They *never* delivered me my "Ayumi" book (as in Puffy's 10th anniversary book) even though I preordered well in advance. I ended up just canceling and ordering from Amazon. I order all my CD's through CD Japan now and they've never let me down.

Speaking of solosolo, not really my favorite album but Ami's CD does have one of my favorite of all Puffy songs on it that nobody else seems to like, "Tadaima". For a long time that was my most listened-to song of all time, according to iTunes. I don't really know what it is about that song, myself, but somehow it's just perfect.


ichigo on: October 05, 2007, 01:01:50 PM

It was really hard, but I put Fever*Fever over Hit Parade. Now I see Hit Parade needs the votes! hehe. It's hard to say why these two are my favorite, cuz I do like 'em all, but I always go back to these two. They were both there at a huge turning point in my life, and the songs remind me of what I was doing at that times. I listened to them more than any other albums!


TBB on: October 05, 2007, 05:00:35 PM

Quote from: Cerahbes on October 04, 2007, 10:40:26 PM
On a side note, I am mad at Yesasia - I pre-ordered my Honeycreeper a full month ahead of time and I still haven't got it =(
Yeah me neither and I chose Express shipping Angry


Cerahbes on: October 08, 2007, 08:41:58 AM

ahh I got my 10th anniversy puffy book on time - they had never let me down, and were usually prompt about shipping new releases

this time, they didn't ship the new release till like the 29th - which kinda defeats the purpose of pre-ordering, and pre-paying not to mention

Which is your favorite Puffy CD? - Page Two

TofuUnion

" Nice " is the best album followed by " Splurge " based on the number of favorite songs. Smiley

Ami claims in her blog " Honeycreeper isn't worse than Splurge ". Probably the same way as Yumi. Are AmiYumi the biggest fans of Puffy ? They say they always listen to their own albums.

Anyway, Greatest Hits Collection Album " An Illustrated History " or " Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi " is good for who are new to Puffy. ( In Japan : " The Very Best of Puffy " or " Hit & Fun ".)


Jeff on: October 09, 2007, 12:12:46 PM

Quote from: TofuUnion on October 08, 2007, 01:01:23 PM
Ami claims in her blog " Honeycreeper isn't worse than Splurge ". Probably the same way as Yumi. Are AmiYumi the biggest fans of Puffy ? They say they always listen to their own albums.

It's probably different when somebody else is writing the music... it's like hearing somebody else's song but with your voice over it. Like really good karaoke Smiley

But I used to have a band and I used to listen to the one album we recorded a lot. So I don't think it's uncommon. It's pretty amazing when you create a song and then you record it and now it's a real thing that actually exists somewhere. I think it's actually pretty cool that Ami and Yumi still haven't lost that... I think the point when you stop listening to your own albums is the point when you've stopped caring about your music and how it sounds.


TofuUnion on: October 11, 2007, 06:06:29 PM

With The Hit Parade Puffy does an entire CD's worth of cover tunes from Image Down (Boowy), Hurricane (Chanels), Aiga Tomaranai (Wink), Cherry (Spitz), High teen Boogie (Masahiko Kondo), Aishuu Date (Toshihiko Tahara), Aoi Namida / Blue Tears (Jiro Mita), Hitoni Yasashiku (The Blues Hearts), Choushou (Beat Takeshi), and Kakkoman Boogie / Parenthesis Man Boogie (Downtown Boogie Woogie Band).

I assume the original songs are unknown for Puffy fans outside Japan. For the ears of those who know the originals, the singing style of Puffy here sounds sometimes misdirected one. With songs like Aiga Tomaranai, High teen Boogie, Aishuu Date, Kakkoman Boogie it seems Puffy have no intension to sing in original style, and that turned out almost like a failure. Though it's more succeeding with other songs such as Image Down, Hurricane, Cherry, Aoi Namida.

It should be interesting to give marks for Puffy Cover Discs and analyze on that. (On my discretion.)

Yuki ga Furu Machi (Unicorn/Tamio Okuda) ***
( Spike Daisakusen DVD version ****+ )

The Hit Parade (Album) : ***

Angel Wink (Seiko Matsuda) **
Hitonatsu no Keiken (Momoe Yamaguchi) *+
They are pretty bad. Popular songs became Punk songs.

Basket Case (Green Day) ****

Hataraku Otoko (Unicorn/Tamio Okuda) ***+
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (The Beatles) ****
Don't Bring Me Down (ELO) ****+

It's obvious that Puffy cover those songs as the rock band. I believe followings are worth to mention.

1. Some songs were sung in Punk style. Especially Yumi should have been fond of The Blue Hearts, which might have been a model case as Japanese Punk Band for Puffy. ( I personally dislike Blue Hearts. )

2. The Hit Parade includes no English songs but lately Puffy prefer to cover more English songs like Basket Case.

3. Puffy are performing very well with the cover of Unicorn(Tamio Okuda), The Beatles and ELO. In the first place the singing characteristics of Puffy suit very well with these three bands singing styles. As everybody feels Puffy Sound has strong influences from The Beatles and ELO. Probably you could guess Okuda and Puffy originally took Beatles / ELO as the band model.


Amifan on: November 03, 2007, 08:35:10 AM

This question is pretty easy for me. I like Jet and Nice the most. Jet, their first full length album, is Tamio Okuda at his finest. Beatles and Who references, Black Sabbath, Todd Rundgren and some I just can't quite identify. Nice is fantastic Andy Sturmer. Brilliant songwriting, crisp production values, an enormous number of pop references, and just as importantly, Ami and Yumi contributing vocal harmonies.

Worst is even easier. The PRMXs. So much remix work is like drawing a moustache on a painting, and these albums have lots of truly awful, uninspired, throw-away junk on them. The one wonderful, redeeming remix on Turbo is (no surprise) Sturmer's. To be fair, Yasuharu Konishi did some nice work as well, but just not half as clever as Andy's contribution.


eddiefb3 on: November 13, 2007, 11:20:04 PM

My favorite is Splurge. I can enjoy just about every song on it over and over. My favorite song on it is Security Blanket!


hardmodskin on: November 22, 2007, 02:07:43 PM

very difficult to say...overall i went with the Japanese "nice". i especially like their Supremes-esque track at the end...(this was also a b-side i believe). i'm also fond of the Japanese "spike," "59," "jet," and "splurge" (which has two of my all time faves: ami's "security blanket" is very catchy..and "missing you baby" dipping back into their 60's influences).

"Nice" (Japanese)
"Jet" (has great sentimental value and therefore a high ranking in my list, as it's what got me into the girls when i saw the video for "mother" on tv here in sf way back in '97 and started me on the mad rollercoaster that is PUFFY!)
"59"
"Splurge" (Japanese)
"Honeycreeper"
"Spike" (Japanese)
"Fever Fever"
"SoloSolo"
"AmiYumi"
"Hit Parade"


hardmodskin on: November 22, 2007, 02:09:58 PM

Quote from: Jinmouri on October 02, 2007, 10:59:14 PM
Chotto! Wait! Andrew, you forgot an album...59 is my most favorite album because it was also a "forgotten" CD for a while and even though it's a mini-album, the b-side, Kokoro ni Hana o is a song that's personal and means a lot to me. Every other song is awesome or became a huge hit. Also, the artwork and the CD cover are great and I had really wanted the CD for a long time and when I got it, it was really a great album.

So hard to choose, I also like Jet, Fever and Nice as well...

i agree, poor "59" is often overlooked! it's wonderful, and has some of Puffy's best songwriting contributions as well.


Puffy Love on: November 27, 2007, 05:28:07 PM

Just got my delivery of the first five Puffy discs....................imported picture discs even! And I've listened to them all already and am amazed at the variety of stuff on there...................at least three JAZZ tunes. The singing is just fantastic as well as the quality of songs and the musicianship in the arranging and playing of them. It IS perfect pop-rock!

Every CD is fantastic in its own way. What stands out to me is how strong Yumi's voice is on her half of Solo/Solo. I believe had she not hooked up with Ami she would still have been a huge star. But I'm sure Ami would have been too.....

And one can really see them start to turn into a ROCK band with Spike.

Now I'm waiting for Splurge! and Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi Show that I've ordered from Amazon.........


Andrew on: November 27, 2007, 07:06:01 PM

Puffy Love

For me that was one of the best things about discovering Puffy so late in their career. Suddenly there were ten new CDs to listen to!

I keep looking for another J-pop group to maybe have a simliar "Yippie!" discovery, but so far just haven't found that same magic. Enjoy!


Cerahbes on: November 27, 2007, 10:41:24 PM

woah, congrats to you Puffy Love - pass on the favor and spread Puffy to all your friends and family *evil laughter* mwuahaha


Puffy Love on: November 27, 2007, 11:36:43 PM

Thanks. I keep telling my drummer about Puffy, even have let him watch some of their vids on YouTube and he keeps poking fun at me.........he must think I'm just a dirty old man with a fetish for Japanese women. That may be true but it's beside the point! It's just the best commercial music I've heard that's been created in the last ten years (actually 11) or so.

My bass player already digs them. I've played the Hazemu Rizumu video for him and he's now a Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra fan now too.

Now I'm relistening to Fever*Fever and it's just simply incredible...........not a misstep in the entire CD!! I was thinking of burning a disc for my drummer with just English-speaking tunes on it so he would HAVE to evaluate it objectively (instead of claiming I'm weird for listening to Japanese music) but I may just burn a copy of Fever*Fever for him just to show off its perfection.

The guitar imitating cows/cattle in Always Thinking About You.............. Grin

And now I'm listening to Tararan and actually crying it's so f'ing beautiful.........


Puffy Love on: November 28 at 12:55:56 AM
Andrew, I keep finding new J-rock stars to dig, lately it's been Yui. And then I heard the Spitz original version of Ai no Shirushi and thought............cool!
Overall, the only band that just purely amazes me is Go!Go!7188. I think Akko and Yuu have the same sort of chemistry between them that Ami and Yumi have, the only difference being that they grew up and went to school toghether.
Well, I shouldn't say they're the only one that amazes me because anything that I've seen Tamio do is astounding.


Andrew on: November 28 at 07:11:35 AM Puffy Love, Well that's a couple of people now who have mentioned Go!Go!7188. I'm (finally) getting through a book on CSS and getting a better graphic arts program so I'll probably either be doing a major redesign of Puffy AmiYumi World or I might do another J-pop fansite. Since Shonen Knife already has at least one major fansite, I think I'd like to find another group without any North American fansite.


Puffy Love on: November 28 at 02:17:37 PM

Andrew, here's the latest Go!Go!nanaitchihatchihatchi video for Manatsu no Dance Hall. Akko and Yuu are just too cute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml12cOhYOG4

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