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19 January 2010 @ 11:34 am
January in Tokyo  
Consists of Todoroki Revin, Asakusa, and Roppongi Hills.

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By the way, last weekend I went to watch BANDAGE with sourangel.
I couldn't but stop feeling it disappointing that most of the audience were the young fangirls who might never experienced the 'band-boom' in Japan in the early '90s with their eyes.
By watching that movie, I understand that achieving the top on the sales ranking by twisting the original music doesn't equal to be the success of the band itself.
If it's what the director and the script writer want to tell us, then, even if this movie will be succeed by earning, if very few audience could understand the background of the story, it wouldn't be considered as the success of the movie itself.
If they never want the audience the knowledge of the background of the story, I mean, the band-boom in the early '90s, they should simply make it as a recent story because the problem in the music business mentioned in the movie still happens now(some of you may know I'm always complaining about it).

And I know it's totally nonsense to complain about it here, for, most of you might not have seen the band-boom either unlike me(I was a fan of no such band at that time, however, as that movement was too big, I automatically memorized about it).
Hopefully some of you may take some interest in our old pop/rock music by watching that movie as a trigger.


One of the most valuable bands from the band-boom which is still working is, in my opinion, BEGIN.
They are from Okinawa and play pop music influenced by Okinawan music and Blues.



One more band from band-boom as my recommendation is UNICORN.
They disbanded once, but last year they gathered again.
Some of you may know the vocalist OKUDA Tamio, who is a producer of Puffy.



I really feel it silly to post about the real band-boom in past as most of you on my f-list might be fangirls who wouldn't care about it, but as a responsibility of Japanese who have experienced it, I'm now posting. :(

By the way, did you know that they originally tried to film BANDAGE with NARIMIYA Hiroki as a main actor and SAKUMA Masahide as a music director?
Somehow they couldn't make it but I actually wanted to watch it as it might be less fangirlish and more focused on the history of pop/rock music.
 
 
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fromyesterday: kanjani8 - yasu brek brekfromyesterday on January 19th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
awww!!! you're really cute. And I'm sorry that it was disappointing. *hugs* For many reasons. :( Then again, it is a film only for fangirls as it has no real value?

thanks so much for sharing these with us (with me). This song from BEGIN is amazing! I hope I'll have more time to get into their music. ^^ And, Unicorn's song is also great. ^^ thanks ♥

I got really interested in this band-boom thing now!

ooh.. too bad.. Nari would have been awesome (*loves Nari more than Jin* *hides*)

thanks for all Ryoko <3333
Triskelljtriskell on January 19th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! :)

I think it's interesting - the band boom cannot be portrayed the way it really was if the focus is on the actors. I think it is important for you to give your impression, because those of us who don't live in Japan cannot imagine it.

I feel the same when I explain that the Hollywood musical "Sound of Music" does not portray Austria as it really was in the 1930s, but a clichéd version. It is something you cannot know or notice when you don't know about the country well.

But thank you for sharing the music. BEGIN is awesome. I love the guitar soli. It's really nice, "easy listening" music. The video from UNICORN is funny.

Thank you :) I feel like I learn more about Japan from you!
ekkusuchan: soulmateekkusuchan on January 20th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
sakuma masahide.... wasn't he the one who produced some of x japan's songs together with yoshiki? o.o
qutohive on April 13th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Hi there, awesome site. I thought the topics you posted on were very interesting