Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kyu Sakamoto: Sukiyaki

The sweetly melancholy opening track, renamed “Sukiyaki” by some American marketing executive (and why not, it’s the perfect name for a song in the sense that it has nothing to do whatsoever with the content of the song, but it’s a word in Japanese, and we know how to say it, so hey, why try harder) is the only Japanese-language single ever to get to top the charts in the U.S. My favorite here, though, is the uncanny side 2 opener “Boku No Hoshi”.

Ue O Mui Te Aruko (I Look Up When I Walk)
Tsun Tsun Bushi (The Tsun Tsun Song)
Hitoribocchi No Futari (The Lonesome Two)
Kyu-Chan Ondo (The Kyu-Chan Folk Song March)
Mo Hitori No Boku (It's Just Not the Real Me)
Good Timing
Boku No Hoshi (My Star)
Kiminanka Kiminanka (I Couldn't Care For You, Not You, Not You!)
Kyu-Chan No Zuntatatta (The Zuntatatta Song)
Hige No Uta (My First Whisker)
Goodbye, Joe
Anoko No Namaewa Nantenkana (I Wonder What Her Name Is)

DISCLAIMER: To the best of my knowledge, this work is out of print and not available for purchase in any format. If you are the artist and are planning a reissue, please let me know and I’ll remove it from the blog. Also please get in touch if you’ve lost your art &/or sound masters and would like to talk with me about my restoration work.

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