Jun
14
2016
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Space Magic

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Shohjo-tai – Space Magic

Shohjo-tai – Flamingo Island

Japanese girl group was typically all about かわいい (Kawaii = exaggarated cuteness celebrating furry little animals, manga characters with big eyes and pink everything) until 1986 when they got surprisingly tough.

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Jun
12
2015
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Isao Bitoh & Dawn

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Isao Bitoh & Dawn – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

A 1978 cover whizzed thru the disco Moulinex, emerging tastier than ever.

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Jun
12
2015
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Game

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Game – Track 10

Theme for a tough guy, from a famous long running Japanese television show.

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Nov
25
2014
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マスクドライダーシステム

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マスクドライダーシステム

This vaguely Village People-ish tune is off a compliation album filled with theme music and short sound snippets from 70s Japanese superhero tv shows like Kamen Rider. There are no words in English on the sleeve.

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Nov
22
2014
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Nov
16
2014
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子連れ狼 地獄へ行くぞ!大五郎

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Kunihiko Murai – 子連れ狼 地獄へ行くぞ!大五郎 (Kodure Ookami Jigoku/White Heaven and Hell

Hideaki Sakurai – 子連れ狼 冥府魔道 (Kodure Ookami Maifumando/Baby Cart in the Land of Demons)

More themes from the legendary Lone Wolf & Cub series of films from the early seventies about Ogami Itto, an wandering assassin and his extremely fashionably dressed little son, Daigoro. White Heaven and Hell begins like a Love Unlimited tune, then breaks into a seriously funky club number. Baby Cart in the Land of Demons is a jazzy dancefloor track.

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Oct
29
2014
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フレッシュ・フェイリュア(輝け太陽)

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The Japanese Cast of Hair – フレッシュ・フェイリュア(輝け太陽)

The Japanese version of Let The Sunshine In, the finale of the musical Hair, is the most rhythmically accented of the cast recordings made during the late 60s. As you can hear, it’s approaching disco already.

The lyrics mirror the English original. Some of it is excessively deep:

“Somewhere
Inside something there is a rush of
Greatness
Who knows what stands in front of
Our lives
I fashion my future on films in space
Silence
Tells me secretly
Everything
Everything…
The rest is silence
The rest is silence
The rest is silence”

This seems to refer to the cosmic mystery that is life and suggests people are capable of rising to god-like greatness. “I fashion my future on films in space” points not at cameras but has to do with the thin film that creates our reality and our supposed control over it.

“Silence tells me everything” could be about meditation, though “The rest is silence” is a quote from Shakespeare which refers to death.

Go figure. But, in any case the music is great and Japanese graphic design of the sleeve is superb.

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Sep
04
2014
1

Superhero

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Superhero

The exact title of this tune is unknown due to a language problem but it is a theme from a 70s Japanese superhero tv show.

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Jun
14
2014
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J.A.K.Q – The Vocal Version

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J.A.K.Q

Attention boys and girls everywhere! To fight a global criminal empire known as CRIME the ISSIS, the International Science Special-Investigation Squad, is formed. Daisuke Kujirai, commander of the Tokyo branch – codename JOKER – turns four recruits into cryogenically sustained cyborgs with energy manipulation powers to destroy the criminal organisation.

The instrumental version of the short-lived but apparently eternally remembered television show has been posted here a few years back but not until now have I found the offical vocal one.

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May
31
2014
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The Unknown Hero

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Unknown

The clerk was able to speak a few words of English and translated the title as “hero” – or something like that. This is all I know of this spaghetti westernish record with credits in Japanese only. Anyone know more?

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May
29
2014
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Super Man

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Magical Space Ship – Super Man

Another somewhat American-style item from the Japanese band specializing in hommages to male figures in popular culture.

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Oct
23
2013
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Town

mat-85178638786875325471Minako Yoshida – Town (1981)

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Sep
15
2013
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Disco Gal

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朝比奈マリア – Disco Gal (1979)

From the Maria LP.

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Oct
02
2012
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Shiranai-ito

Shiranai-ito

Usually a title bears relation to the content.

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Aug
19
2012
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Okami Itto & Son

Hideaki Sakurai – Kozure Ôkami

The staggering theme track from the 1972 film Baby Cart On River Styx, the second in the must-have-on-dvd series focusing on hired assassin Okami Itto and his equally lethal little son Daigoro.

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Jul
05
2012
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Modern & Dynamo

Turku beats

This summer’s do-or-die events of the Overfitting Kind are getting closer. The first date is Saturday July the 21th. I’ll be doing the Turku Modern fest (on the coast of Finland that is) and spinning after Loud E at Donna. The same night Anssi kicks off at Dynamo a few blocks away around midnight and I’ll be playing there that night as well. Next on the agenda: Camp Cosmic in Sweden.

http://www.tiketti.fi/The-fourth-Turku-Modern-is-held-on-19-2272012-uutiset/7674

Jun
18
2012
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More Chocolate

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Copies of this 1979 sleazebomb from Japan seem to be extremely hard to get. For this reason the whole track must be presented intact here now, as a contribution to society.

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Mar
07
2012
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Unknown

Unknown

A certain cinematic je ne sais quoi going on here. I have zero idea what this is as the Japanese 7″ has no info in English.

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Jan
06
2012
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Magical Space Ship

Magical Space Ship – Disco Ultra Seven

Welcome to the Magical Space Ship – all stainless steel and sharkskin plastic interior, heated seats and fire extinquishers in case it gets too hot.

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Dec
17
2011
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Akado Suzunosuke

Akado Suzunosuke 1

Akado Suzunosuke 2

Two lush orchestral tracks off the ost of a 1978 anime film.

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