THE CANDIES – YOUNGER BOY [TOSHISHITA NO OTOKO NO KO] (1975)

lyrics by KAZUYA SENKE | music by YUSUKE BOGUCHI

The Candies are recognized as one of the earliest modern ‘idol’ groups, and this song is relatively typical of the kind of music they produced. The group enjoyed huge success throughout the 70s until they decided to disband at their peak, with the reason given that “they wanted to go back to being normal girls.” I first head of the group on a Japanese 70s hits CD I got a whim at a Book Off, and the CD proved to be the soundtrack to a summer spent driving through rural Aomori prefecture visiting abandoned buildings and spooky mountains.

Translation and notes are under the cut:

Mouth full with a bright-red apple
In a navy blue T-shirt
He, he’s a cute younger boy
He gets lonely easy, and he’s cheeky
He’s a jerk but I like him
L-O-V-E; A blown kiss
You like me, don’t you?
So lemme hear it straight
A pocket without a button
A crumpled-up dirty handkerchief
He, he’s a cute younger boy

He’s late to our date
And always fights with me
He, he’s a cute younger boy
He’s forgetful, he’s selfish
He’s cruel but I like him
L-O-V-E; A blown kiss
You like me, don’t you?
So lemme hear it straight
One glove from a set
Untied shoelaces
He, he’s a cute younger boy

He gets lonely easy, and he’s cheeky
He’s a jerk but I like him
A blown kiss of love
You like me, don’t you?
So lemme hear it clearly
A pocket without a button
A crumpled-up dirty handkerchief
He, he’s a cute younger boy
He, he’s a cute younger boy
He, he’s a cute younger boy

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