THE JUICY FRUITS – JENNY IN A BAD MOOD [JENNY WA GOKIGEN NANAME] (1980)

lyrics by YUJI OKIYAMA
music by HARUO CHIKADA

Famously covered by Perfume on multiple occasions during live shows and as a B-side to the “Sweet Donuts” single, this track is a pretty fine example of early-80s new wave-y J-Pop. The band had a number of other hits during the period, but this is generally considered to be one of their biggest. They’re a bit kitschy and not really respected by music historians as far as I can tell, but I’ve always been a fan.

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GUERNICA – CAFE DE PSYCHO (1982)

lyrics by FOX | music by KOJI UENO

Before Guernica got all orchestra-y, their first album provided a nice balance between synth and 30s-style orchestral music. This song is one of the more markedly synthetic ones in the entire Guernica catalog, and one of the standouts from the album.

I’m not quite sure who FOX is. I ran some google searches and apparently he’s got writing credits on a few Togawa tracks and has a tenuous connection to HALMENS, a band in which Togawa was a member, but there’s no Wikipedia page for him or anything. Suppose it’s just a mystery lost to time at this point.

Worth noting that the title of the song is written with the now (and then) outdated katakana ヰ instead of イ, rendering it Cafe de Sawiko in purest Romanization.

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