JUN TOGAWA AND YAPOOS – LI’L MISS ROMANCE [ROMANCE MUSUME] (1984)

lyrics and music by TOSHIRO SENSUI

Originally released as part of the Ura-tamahime live album and later surfacing as a studio take on one of Togawa’s best-of compilations, this has never appeared on any of her official studio albums. It’s a little bit mushier than Togawa’s usual fare, but that’s par for the course with Sensui’s writing.

The title could alternatively be rendered as “Romance Daughter,” but I don’t think that communicates the undertones and nuances of the Japanese well, so I’ve tried to modulate it to better fit the context.

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JUN TOGAWA AND YAPOOS – BABY LOVE (1984)

lyrics by FOX | music by TAKAO HIGAE

Originally appearing on Ura-tamahime as a live track, this song later showed up as a studio recording on some of her best-of albums. The song fits in with the idol parody Togawa is often associated with at the time.

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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.

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