Great Japanese Pop

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I've got into the likes of shonen knife, cornelius and the fantastic plastic machine lately, anyone know some other great Japanese pop bands?

naz, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

SMAP. (hah!)

helenfordsdale, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Corniche Cammomile!

Pop-off Tuesday!

jel, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I always liked Mr. Children for the name value. I mean, that's a *lovely* group name.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

So is Mr Mister, Ned. ;-)

helenfordsdale, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nah. Too adult. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Incomplete list: Citrus, Crazy Curl, Buffalo Daughter, Yximalloo, Yukari Fresh, Takako Minekawa, Kahimi Karie, Hirono Nishiyama, Nobukazu Takemura, Nobuyasu Sakonda, Aki Tsuyuko, Asao Kikuchi... and of course the Boredoms.

Momus, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Pop Off Tuesday.

Chris Lyons, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Oh shoot, someone already said them.

Chris Lyons, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Esrevnoc.

John Darnielle, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Chara, particularly the stuff she did on Junior Sweet and that duet she did with...umm...I forget her name. Yuki, perhaps?

Michael Daddino, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Spiders, The Carnabeats, The Tigers, and The Jaguars are all good examples of 60's Japanese garage rock (called GS or Group Sounds in Japan). The "GS I love you" compilations are great, but a little pricey.

The last 10 years has seen some decent if a little uneven garage action from Teengenerate, The 5-6-7-8's, Texaco Leatherman, Gasoline, Guitar Wolf, The King Bros. and The Zoobombs.

A friend of mine once gave me a tape by a really good indie rock japanese band, mid-nineties. They had a song called "White Volkswagen". Female vocals, mostly in english. I can't remember what they were called, but I think it began with an S. Ring any bells with anyone?

fritz, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Sugar Plant, esp. "Happy/Trance Mellow" (or is it "Happy Trance/Mellow"?)

Curt, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

No one's mentioned Tomoe Shinohara?

Brian MacDonald, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

can i say that Ms Kahimi rules my small universe , etc. that and you have to listen to momus when he says such things cause he knows her

anthony, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Try Yukari Fresh as well

Jez, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

er why has no one mentioned Pizzicato Five? much better than the ever so overrated cornelius.

david, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Curt is spot-on about that Sugarplant record, one of my favorite things about the past several years. Although I can imagine it making more than a few ILMers want to puke.

If the first disc is "Happy" and the second disc is "Trance/Mellow," then the whole thing would be ... ummm ... curses, who knows.

Nitsuh, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Color Filter = good. Sugar Plant = good. Kahimi Karie = good. She and Momus played a show together in LA a couple of years back, great fun. Etc., etc.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'll second Takako Minekawa. And does Cibo Matto count? I never get tired of 'Sci-fi Wasabi'

Dave225, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I heard something at a party once & can't find it now. It was something like "Shugkounikina" .. any ideas?

Dave225, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There is a song called "Panda Riot" by a group called Our Hour on an old Darla comp. It's good!!

jel, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shiina Ringo is sehr cute and plays guitar and has weird outfits and writes neato songs. And UA too--she is cool, gorgeously low voice. Avoid the mainstream Japanese stars, and avoid Puffy AmiYumi. They are cute but songs so bad!

Mickey Black Eyes, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yo Eugene, nice to see u here! What I've heard of Cornelius' new album "Point" is very good. Even better than "Fantasma". All I've heard of Takako Minekawa was "Fantastic cat" and it's rubbish.

Michael Bourke, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

there's a couple of Sadistic Mika Band songs that are quite good, even if the covers of their records were the best thing about them.

philT, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Takako Minekawa!!! Not rubbish at all. Though I believe she recently married Cornelius and had a baby, so may not release anything new for a while. The stuff Ned already mentioned. Also Chocolat, Hideki Kaji, Pizzicato 5 (obviously), 800 Cherries, other stuff on Trattoria like Bridge, and the magazine Beikoku Ongaku, which features more indiepop style stuff (Japanese and otherwise).

g, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Shiina Ringo is my role model.

Honda, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I must say, though, that while J-pop is great, Thai pop is better. A friend puts the difference between Japanese pop and most other Asian pop musics (save China, which is a whole different deal) thus: "Japanese pop songs are like dissertations about themselves." Which is true and is part of what makes them great, but the Thai stuff -- Zaza, Bubble Girls, Tata Young, Nicole Theriault, the almost unbelievable Triple Shake -- has a sort of unforced abandon to it. Or as unforced an abandon as can be simulated by ProTools.

John Darnielle, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Morning Musume!

A Nairn, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I just got Mr. Children's Deep Sea (i think), it's fukai ume. It has that extremely catchy hit "mashingan wo futsu hanase" (i think). I would compare them to the goo goo dolls, and they've got some cool Cornelius style TV channel switching on the album. Overall not bad, but it's what you would expect from japanese top forty.

A Nairn, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

that's all nice, but WHERE can I find all that stuff... any www download options maby...?

richelleux, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Puffy are periodically capable of greatness. The first six or so singles (approximately from "Asia no Jun Shin" to "Ta Ra Ra Ran") have a unique blend of Japanese charm and trad western swirling pop structure. And Konishi's remix of "Kore Ga.." is genius.

Also Mansfield's mini-album - can't recall the name - the one with his astonishing version of "The New Pollution" with Yukari Fresh.

Don't know much current 2002 J-pop, but Morning Musume are amusingly inept and occasionally hit the POP! button, while Speed's "White Love" has to be my all-time favourite quasi-sophisticated teenage pop guff.

Any more advice would be cool as I'm going to be DJ at a "cool J-pop" night in London soon.

Darren, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Thx!

naz, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

most anything on trattoria records is quality. salon music, seagull screaming kiss her kiss her, dots + borders, yoshie, kahimi, hideki kaji, citrus, indian rope, takako minekawa...

escalator is also a great label for that type of stuff... yukari fresh, losfeld, neil + iraiza, american rock, cubismo grafico, miniflex (miniflex is GREAT)...

buffalo daughter is of cuorse great, they have a new one coming out in about 2 weeks called "i"... check that out most definately.

also investigate maher shalal hash baz and nagisa ni te, who have recently had retrospectives released on Stephen Pastel's Geographic Records in the UK. much different stuff, more of a belle and sebastian/syd barrett/neil young circa "on the beach" feel to it... good savant psych pop. they have become 2 of my favorite bands as of recent.

and, i back nick (momus) wholeheartedly when i say

BOREDOMSBOREDOMBOREDOBOREDBOREBORBOB

also check out OOIOO, yoshimi from boredoms' other semi-main band... feather float has been issued in the US on birdman and i pretty easy to get, and their last LP gold & green is also essential... and if you like that there's a remix LP of those 2 albums out on shock city/trattoria...

for some classic j-pop try the plastics, 80's new wave japanese devo shit... or pink lady, 70's japanese bizarro abba type shit...

i know i am missing stuff but there is a lot of great shit...

dig in and enjoy!!

mike j, Saturday, 19 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

related to this, does anyone know where I can get a copy of the Lailove (Laila France) ep "L'Amour Sese Fomridable" (or something) that was released on L'appareil Photo?

thanks

g, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
ok I am certainly liking shiina ringo

a websearch turned up some joker hosting her new album online, I'd mention Shuukyo and Stem, who can tell me more?

(Jon L), Friday, 4 June 2004 05:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Music in Japan costs too damn much!

IAMNOTMOMUS, Friday, 4 June 2004 05:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

good god, I just read the translation of the album title -- "Chlorine, Semen, Chestnut Flower"

(Jon L), Friday, 4 June 2004 05:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, PATE (formed from the remnants of Bridge) and Fab Cushion to thread - actually, the whole of Vroom Records kick butt.

Trattoria has become 1ct Records if I remember correctly.

Crickets Dance On Tequila Booty (Barima), Friday, 4 June 2004 11:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

On a more guitar-glam tip, Plastic Tree.

Anybody remember when Pink Lady had a weekly variety show on U.S. teevee? I think it was a summer replacement thing, mid-70s. That shit was wierd.

briania (briania), Friday, 4 June 2004 11:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah milton just get all her stuff. probably in this order: 2nd album, 3rd, 1st, cover song double album, and live triple mini-album.

and then... 2004 Pop albums from Japan I like to varying degrees:
Sweets - Sweets
Ex-Girl - Endangered Species
Tommy February6 - Tommy Airline
Olivia - Lost Lolli
W - Duo Uandu
Yukari Rotten - Not Dead

scissors (Honda), Friday, 4 June 2004 12:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the cover song album seems scary. she sounds very different & constrained singing in english (I found samples here). it's certainly mainstream but I like some of the singles very much.

(Jon L), Friday, 4 June 2004 18:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Anybody remember when Pink Lady had a weekly variety show on U.S. teevee? I think it was a summer replacement thing, mid-70s. That shit was
wierd.

Late seventies.

In celebration

It's on DVD

I saw the damn thing when it first aired!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 4 June 2004 18:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i love japanese chixxx :(

HAMBURGER NEURON GROUP (ex machina), Friday, 4 June 2004 18:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, crap, how could I have forgotten Pink Lady's sidekick "Jeff"? In a just world, he should have been able to parlay this connection into huge stardom in Japan.

briania (briania), Friday, 4 June 2004 18:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was wondering if that would come out on DVD, and had assumed it never would!

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 4 June 2004 18:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that Shiina Ringo album (which I also just got and promptly ordered all of her other albums) is INCREDIBLE

ryan (ryan), Friday, 4 June 2004 19:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

which shiina ringo album?

Karuki Zamen Kuri no Hana?

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 4 June 2004 21:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yes!

ryan (ryan), Friday, 4 June 2004 21:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"sur la terra" - super beautiful hosono production

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKUcR2Z9DYY

original bgm, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 06:20 (three years ago) Permalink

starts ~4mins in

original bgm, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 06:23 (three years ago) Permalink

New music from Furukawa Miki:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KS1qzueR90

Tokyo Crow, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

I pretty much consider this the perfect pop song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tdMHZRiGd8

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 21:58 (three years ago) Permalink

this city pop mix is p tight overall but mariya takeuchi "plastic love" at 31:20 is a monster:
https://soundcloud.com/bawxxx/melancholy-of-suburbia#t=31:20

original bgm, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 03:33 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14RxICxtM5Q

So good. Been listening to Miharu Koshi all across youtube. Lots of cool stuff.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 21:00 (two years ago) Permalink

And yes it does have a Led Zeppelin reference in the lyrics.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 28 July 2015 21:01 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEZSpj5R5L4

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 03:10 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2wW--l1OHk

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 03:14 (two years ago) Permalink

electro prom in the foggy forest

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 03:14 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSYWR6jKjpA

The intro to this is straight out of a Final Fantasy boss.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 04:58 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u393a9VJo2Y

Mariah Carey cover

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:10 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTOfH3Sjb9U

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:10 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73e-gV50SKk

The piano necktie on a miniature red piano is amazing. So 80s.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:18 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

RIP

Yumi Ito
1941 - 2016

Death of Yumi Ito of twin pop duo The Peanuts confirmed

meisenfek, Monday, 11 July 2016 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX0rrArs46A

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR7GAvKBIO4

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 28 December 2016 06:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

man I could tell in the first 5 seconds that was Hosono

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Arg36CZvHA

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

Not 80s but Nihonjin:
https://open.spotify.com/track/4mrih3yZgEBes83YSy3WXM

calstars, Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:29 (seven months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KKCt_Ur2ik

i've been listening to Salon Music's "My Girl Friday" (1983). i absolutely love the opener song "Muscle Daughter". kind of reminds me of The Vaselines.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:48 (six months ago) Permalink

was surprised when they apparently got robert fripp in to do the guitar solo

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:53 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah that solo rules

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 15:56 (six months ago) Permalink

also that must be an early mix (i think for a vinyl release) on the album, she sings first. can't get enough of this song lol. every time i hear it sounds more and more like an alien version of Roxy Music.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 18:36 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzLi5M7iQhE

i downloaded this from youtube a few years ago, it's not online anymore so i re-uploaded it. wish i had the full thing but it's not easy to find this stuff.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 14 May 2017 19:28 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

the video for "muscle daughter" by salon music has been taken down and i can't find much of their music available legally or illegally in the u.s. if anyone has any leads on how i can get that song specifically or their albums in general, i would appreciate the info. i asked my one friend who has lived in japan for years and is into indie/punk/shoegaze music and she had never even heard of them.

na (NA), Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:33 (five months ago) Permalink

i ended up buying two Salon Music LPs off ebay, "My Girl Friday" (which opens w "Muscle Daughter") and "La Paloma Show". both really cool records. "Muscle Daughter" feels like the intersection of Roxy Music and Beat Happening. they have a kind of amateur DIY sound at times but clearly have a lot of good influences (they cover "See Emily Play" and a lot of songs seem to ape Brian Eno's pop albums (Frippertronic guitars throughout)). "Din of Love" is cool, it has a Bollywood style to it. "Hunting on Paris" was a guitar-and-organ indie hit single and is a really cool New Wave pop song. they did a remake of it for a wonderful Trattoria compilation called "Bend It! Japan '98". the "La Paloma Show" album has a more synth pop feel to it, "Voyager of the Beagle" is a trippy early stab at exotica revival, "Paradise Lost" is pretty cool cold war synthpop ("Too much doubt/in America/Too little trust/in Russia"). overall i really love these two albums and recommend picking them up on vinyl. they can be had for under $25 w shipping.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 17 June 2017 22:04 (five months ago) Permalink

XP - sent you a mail NA

MaresNest, Saturday, 17 June 2017 23:02 (five months ago) Permalink

What? Give the drummer some

calstars, Saturday, 17 June 2017 23:12 (five months ago) Permalink

https://we.tl/IMAu8QFWSU

MaresNest, Sunday, 18 June 2017 14:09 (five months ago) Permalink

thanks dudes

na (NA), Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:13 (five months ago) Permalink

ty listening to "Chew It In A Bite" right now "Paper Doll" this is some solid 90s alternative rock right here w Japanese punk flavor. love it.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 19 June 2017 03:21 (five months ago) Permalink

"Paper Dog" rather

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 19 June 2017 03:21 (five months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLZ8ddRbQ5o

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 19 June 2017 03:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Salon Music good at shoegaze

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 19 June 2017 03:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Nice one

calstars, Monday, 19 June 2017 16:19 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhetXL7KmZA

this is some really sick 80s dance pop. that snare is pure cocaine.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 3 July 2017 17:22 (four months ago) Permalink

yes! all late 80s toshiki is fucking awesome ("sea is a lady" is my favorite)

clouds, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 00:32 (four months ago) Permalink

oh this one, yeah, i have this comp called "made in the eighties" that has this and some other great stuff, dee-dee-phone by the ab's, dress down by kaoru akimoto, free way 5 to south by fujimal yoshino...

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:22 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVYqqrw6eQU

been listening to this cos of the amazing album cover. also the Hosono production!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:40 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOZac0bNJqw

DPRK Nowitzki (lpz), Tuesday, 10 October 2017 21:58 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT5BlCZsiCQ
nonstop doopees for me the past 3 weeks. I've become a treble head for Caroline's vocals.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlhukAkkSN8

Woon... Doopee Time (FlopsyDuck), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 21:57 (one month ago) Permalink

untootooku gets posted in these threads like once a year (not complaining, it's amazing)

clouds, Thursday, 12 October 2017 15:58 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUQjdwRno5g

cheeseburger, Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:12 (one month ago) Permalink

why is none of this music on spotify?

niels, Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:12 (one month ago) Permalink

spotify hasn't been in japan very long and is missing many label deals there. digital music also just never quite caught on in japan in the way it did elsewhere etc

ufo, Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:26 (one month ago) Permalink

ah yeah, I seem to recall Tower records thriving in Japan...

niels, Sunday, 15 October 2017 08:30 (one month ago) Permalink


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