Archive for September, 2008

Milky Way New Single!

September 29, 2008

Tan! Tan! Taan!

It can’t be just me that thinks their costumes look remarkably like Rainbow Brite in this PV can it?

This is such a cute little song! Which kind of surprised me because I was expecting something really strangely awesome along the lines of Anataboshi. All through the song I kept waiting for the beat to finally kick in and go nuts, it wasn’t until the PV was over before I realized it wasn’t going to.

But that’s not to say I don’t like it. It’s very charming, very upbeat. I like the music box melody feel it has to it. I never had a ballerina music box as a little girl (I was much more into GI Joe), but this is a song I could easily imagine lifting the box top to hear. Speaking of little girls, the amount of toy product in the PV is amusing. I understand the head mike, star belt and tambourines fit the characters, but…. maybe it’s my cynical adult-side showing….. At least the tambourines are put to good use in the incredibly cute dance moves the three employ here.

Kikkawa Yuu shines in this song. I hope she shows up in a proper unit soon, as she easily beats both Koharu and Sayaka in the vocal department. Well, on Koharu’s behalf, she’s forced to remain in character and keep the insanely cute high pitch thing going on, so it’s not as if she’s singing with her real voice. Sayaka is good as well, it’s just that I’m surprised at how well Yuu does with this song.

The more I listen to this song the more I fall in love with it. It’s so cheerful! On perhaps a related but odd note, I tend to associate music with seasons. Usually it’ll be what time of year it was then I obsessively listened to it. This song however, strikes me as an end of winter/start of spring song. Like a snow melt song rather than a leaf changing, misty morning type of song. Whatever the case, this is definitely one single I’ll be adding to my collection.

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Back from the dead with Pepper Keibu!

September 10, 2008

 

This post almost didn’t see the light of day as wordpress decided to inexplicably eat over half of it while I was still writing it. Anyway, I spent my summer taking care of an abandoned baby kitten (seriously, he was at most a day old when we found him), and generally not having time to post about much H!P related, though I have kept up with the news.

With the upcoming release of Momusu’s latest single, Pepper Keibu, I decided to dust off the old blog and take a crack at it again. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that this is a cover of Pink Lady’s debut single. I don’t have much exposure to them, other than brief clips from the failed Pink Lady and Jeff show that aired in the U.S. And just now I found out it was a Sid and Marty Krofft show…. the same folks that brought about H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost (Sleestaks!) and the Bugaloos. The show had a SLEW of guest stars for a five episode run – which is pretty impressive. Though I’m sure the “Those wacky girls don’t understand English!” schtick got old pretty quickly.

Before I heard the Momusu version, I decided to check out the original by Pink Lady. It’s interesting to note that the tradition of yelling out after lines is nothing new. LOL! And while I would now label PL’s original version as quaint, it is fun! But as other’s have pointed out, Momusu’s version is way more danceable.

The opening is so 70s movie make out scene it’s almost hysterical. The first vocals are pretty close to the original, even with the beat in the background. It’s about 40 seconds in that the girls in Momusu make it their own. I’m hoping this is a big hit for them, because I think it really could be. Either way, if this is what their rumored upcoming cover album is going to sound like, it’s going to get some heavy rotation by me at least.

If the guys behind the CD image wanted to be really awesome, they should have made the cover look unabashedly 70s in style and design. How freaking COOL would that have been? Instead we get…. well I guess it could be kind of disco-looking. Except for a few of the hairstyles.

I can’t wait to see the PV!