FURUIDO – JOHNNY THE DRUNKARD [NONDAKURE JOHNNY] (1975)

lyrics and music by REICHI NAKAIDO

Furuido (Old water-well) were a blues-folk duo formed in 1971, disbanding in 1979. They saw moderate commercial success in their heyday, and a few of their songs have gone on to become classics in their own right. The ‘mastermind’ of the group, Nakaido Reichi, is also famous for his association with rock band RC Succession, which were major forces in 80s rock in Japan. They covered this song as well, but it doesn’t have quite the appeal the original does. Perhaps, though, the group is most famous in the West for providing the OP to the anime Akagi. Which is pretty good, if you like mahjong, and even if you don’t.

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