Song of the day: Puffy – "Koi no Etude"

March 24, 2013

It’s been a long, long time since I last played you a song by the wondrous Puffy.

Here’s Puffy in dreamy girl group mode:

Puffy – “Koi no Etude” (2006)


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I adore Puffy.

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Song of the day – Judy And Mary – "Over Drive"

March 14, 2013

While I’m on my current J-Rock kick – by the way, I’m currently on a J-Rock kick – I’d like to play you a song by Japanese band Judy And Mary.

If you can get past the little-girl vocals, I reckon you’ll find yourself listening to a decent power pop song:

Judy And Mary – “Over Drive” (1995)


Song of the day: Spitz – "Ai No Shirushi"

September 30, 2012

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Japanese girl duo Puffy. I discovered – thanks to The 21-year-old Japanophile of the household (Hi, Celeste!) telling me – that one of Puffy’s songs, “Ai No Shirushi” (“Sign Of Love”), is actually a cover of a song by a very popular Japanese band from the 1990s.

The band is Spitz, and Celeste played me that song of theirs. I thought “That’s much better than the Puffy version! I gotta put it on the blog! Now!”

So here I am putting it on the blog:

Spitz – “Ai No Shirushi (“Sign Of Love”) (1999)


And here’s Puffy’s version:

Puffy – “Ai No Shirushi (“Sign Of Love”) (1998)


Musical coincidences # 224

April 23, 2012

Yesterday’s Song of the day was “The Clown” by Japanese band Scott Goes For. The vocal melody begins thusly* like this:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012) (excerpt)


After hearing it a few times, I wondered where I’d heard that melody before. Then I remembered:

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You (1984) (excerpt)


Here are the full versions:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012)

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You (1984)


And in case you’re interested, here’s the original version of “Saving All My Love For You”:

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. – “Saving All My Love For You (1978)


(*Note to self: Isn’t “thusly” just a little precious, Peter?)

Song of the day: Scott Goes For – "The Clown"

April 22, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I enthused about a song by Scott Goes For, a fabulous new band from Japan. I had only heard two songs (courtesy of YouTube), but they both make me go “Yeah!” whenever I hear them. Both songs are on the band’s self-titled debut album.

There is now a third video for another one of the songs on the album:

Scott Goes For – “The Clown” (2012)

More please.

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Song of the day: The Oranges – "Teen Rock Kicks"

March 7, 2012

Of all the songs I know with the word “kicks” in its title, this for me is by far the funniest:

The Oranges – “Teen Rock Kicks (Thiin Rokku De Buttobase!)” (2006)


Song of the day: Ayumi Hamasaki – "Daybreak"

November 3, 2011

Today’s post is a two-for-one deal, as the second song reminded me a lot of the first one, and I feel compelled to play you both. Time to explain…

I recently listened to a song called “Drawer” by American band Summercamp. It opens their 1997 album Pure Juice. The song is in the time signature of 12/8, which is not all that common in music that isn’t prog rock. (It’s made up of eighth-notes, but instead of a bar consisting of counting “one-two, one-two, one-two, one-two” each bar counts “one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three”.)

“Drawer” sounds like this:

Summercamp – “Drawer” (1997)


Because of its time signature, “Drawer” reminded me a lot of today’s featured song:

Ayumi Hamasaki – “Daybreak (2002)


I must admit that I’m not especially keen on Ayumi’s vocal, er, stylings (all that breathy, groaning nonsense that young female singers like to utilise in order to sound more “emotional”). The thing for me about “Daybreak” is the music – I love it. (When I first heard this song I played it ten times in row.)