THE BLUE HEARTS – WHEN THE BOMBS DROP [BAKUDAN GA OKKOCHIRU TOKI] (1987)

lyrics and music by MASATOSHI MASHIMA

A song of the Blue Hearts’ seminal self-titled first album, it has a welcome political bent to it. I don’t have much to say other than I’ve been humming it a lot this week.

Translation and notes under the cut:

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THE BLUE HEARTS – BLUE SKY [AOZORA] (1989)

lyrics and music by MASATOSHI MASHIMA

The Blue Hearts are famous within J-Rock history, mainly for being one of the most popular and influential punk bands in Japanese music history. Not that you could tell this from this song, which is more…country-influenced? Music, while good, doesn’t tend to be the main focus of praise for this song, as it is generally considered to be a protest song against apartheid in South Africa. It tends to get overshadowed by the rest of the Blue Hearts’ catalog, which includes bona fide classics such as “LINDA LINDA” and “TRAIN TRAIN.”

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