FLIPPER’S GUITAR – CAMERA! CAMERA! CAMERA! (1990)

lyrics and music by KENJI OZAWA & KEIGO OYAMADA

Flipper’s Guitar are one of the pioneers of the Shibuya-kei genre, a sort of jazzy, breezy kind of pop music that became popular in Japan and the 90s, eventually influencing the early work of bands like CAPSULE, among others. Their work is influenced by 60s pop and jangly british bands of the 80s, including the Style Council and Haircut 100, whom they named a song after. This song comes on the cusp of their first major style change, when they dropped three members and started moving towards slightly more experimental, techno-influenced sounds, eventually being reworked on their second album, Camera Talk.

Translation and notes are under the cut:

The camera that I always wanted
I searched for it
I got it
An awfully sunny Saturday
I look
Look at you
Hey! Turn your head upwards, look a bit more demure
Try putting your right hand on your cheek!
Because I think I wanna stay just like this

We, in those three seconds captured on camera
We’d fall in love suddenly
And then I’d understand it all

With you, ever-quiet
I take a boring trip
Peeking into the rear-view mirror
I was worried
I realized
But rest your chin on your hands and look at me
And pour your lips just a bit!
Because I think I wanna stay just like this

We, in those three seconds captured on camera
We’d fall in love suddenly
And then I’d understand it all

Ah! The two of us’ll make it somehow
Using a counterfeit card to get around
Ah! It’s frustrating, but
We’ll never forget it!
Because I thought I wanted to stay just like this

Us, in those three seconds captured on camera
We’d fall in love suddenly
And then it’d all change
Without saying a word of the truth we parted
I’ll take off the lens and throw it away
And then it’ll all end

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