JUN TOGAWA AND YAPOOS – AN ARMY OF BUGS [KONCHUGUN] (1984)

lyrics by KENZO SAEKI | music by KOJI UENO

Originally taken from Halmens’ self-titled, Togawa and co., not yet Yapoos as a cohesive unit, covered this song live during the early 80s. It’s not quite as good as the original, but Togawa’s screeching, squealing vocals do the song a real justice, I think. Also it’s right up her alley what with the bug metaphors.

Worth noting she can’t hit the notes the lead singer does on the Halmens version, though.

Translation and notes are under the cut:

I am a bug
No spinal cord
Compound eyes
No brain

Chitin exoskeleton
Surrounding my organs
Not once have I felt
Any sense of reason

I creep on the road
I stick to the buildings
I blot out the sky
I flood the station
I dive into the fire
And creep back underground

Inside my head is a television
With monochrome scenery
And receptive antennae
I communicate with ultrasonic waves

I creep on the road
I stick to the buildings
I blot out the sky
I flood the station
I dive into the fire
And creep back underground

An army of bugs (1)
An army of bugs
An army of bugs
An army of bugs

I creep on the road
I stick to the buildings
I blot out the sky
I flood the station
I dive into the fire
And creep back underground

I creep on the road
I stick to the buildings
I blot out the sky
I flood the station
I dive into the fire
And creep back underground

I am a bug
No spinal cord
Compound eyes
No brain

Chitin exoskeleton
Surrounding my organs
Not once have I felt
Any sense of reason

Build the swarm!
Build the swarm!
Build the swarm!
Build the swarm!

An army of bugs
An army of bugs
An army of bugs
An army of bugs
An army of bugs
An army of bugs


1: An interesting thing about the song – the original writes the title as 昆虫群, ‘a group of bugs.’ The Togawa version switches the title to 昆虫軍, which, while read identically (konchuugun), carries a different meaning, something like ‘an army of bugs.’ As this is the Togawa version, I’m going with her spelling.

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