lyrics by TAKKYU ISHINO & PIERRE TAKI
music by TAKKYU ISHINO & DJ TASAKA
A mystery of a song, but very Denki Groove. Seven full minutes of seemingly meaningless lyrics, sound effects, and a fun beat. 2000’s VOXXX is generally a pretty good album, even if it’s a bit more on the experimental side compared to some of the band’s other albums (save for “Nothing’s Gonna Change,” there’s a dearth of real pop singles).
There are rumors on the internet that this song was banned from radio airplay in Japan due to “causing unease in listeners,” but I can’t substantiate this claim. Fun to think it might be true, but also I don’t know who in their right mind would play this song in the first place.
Translation and notes under the cut:
Yearning for Momoko Kikuchi (1), I entered this world of momo (2)
I’m Guropee, otherwise known as Ishikuro.
Yearning for the snapping Kṣitigarbha (3), I came to the world of Gods
I’m a Madonna-esque boy, I’m Coppe (4).
I wait with the Book of the Dead in one hand. The Japanese Empire? All good. (5)
An alumni of Morita University, my name is Fuguta, Morita before marriage.
Lured in by the scents of the spring, suddenly it has gushed forth.
I’m Chage Andou (6), otherwise known as Ando.
Lured in by the gorilla couple, I’ve been allowed to participate for the first time.
I’m Saruda, otherwise known as Gori. Happy to gorill-e here!
Thanks to the management of Inoba Jaitonio (7), I lost everything I had.
I’m Trans-Master Ken-chan, otherwise known as Kenmochi.
Carried aboard a fishing boat I didn’t recognize; when I came to I was here.
My hobby is marine sports, I am a God of Death (8). Nya, shinigami?
Carried by an updraft, I swoop down upon this slave plantation
I am the Sweet Memorial Angel, Tyltyl (9).
An army of fat women encircles our headquarters.
I am accepting applications for a girlfriend! I am Shit Miniatures Private Nakai.
In a popular Hawaiian resort, I am kept barely alive
I am an internationally protected species, Tabata.
With mens’ swim trunks and goggles, I have built a fortune worth millions.
I am a Caribbean monster, Hitomi the freeter (10).
From the strawberry pattern, I would presume you are our regular, Ichigo House.
If it is alright, I’ll be taking your wallet.
Excuse me for coming through the window with shoes on. From today on, I’ll be your son.
This year, I am 92 years old. I am Edison, Shitamachi’s (11) King of Invention.
Yukimura Sanada (12)
Scallop Butter Fry
Mobile Paparazzi Force
Decomposed Teenage Corpse
Karaoke Cream Sandwich
Giants’ Briefs Land
Koyanagai Spartan Dojo
Left-to-die Old Hags’ Used Bloomers Farm
1: A Japanese idol singer.
2: Peaches. I’m leaving it as-is because of the fact that it’s in the previous name.
3: A bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism and usually depicted as a Buddhist monk. Kṣitigarbha is known for his vow to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya, as well as his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied.
4: Maybe a nod to Coppe Hasegawa? She was a child star turned radio personality turned DJ/electronic music producer.
5: Potentially a reference to the TV program Waratte Iitomo? Literally ‘Dai-Nippon Teikoku Iitomo’ in Japanese.
6: A reference to Japanese pop duo Chage and Asuka, with the ‘and’ in their name being mistakenly recognized as a name separately.
7: A combination of “Antonio Inoki” and “Giant Baba.”
8: Lit. ‘shi ni ga mi.’
9: One of the protagonists of the play The Blue Bird.
10: A Japanese expression for people who lack full-time employment.
11: Lower parts of town, often refers to a specific part of Tokyo.
12: These lines rhyme in Japanese. I can’t render it in English faithfully, so I’m not going to try.