YAPOOS – I AM CURIOUS [WATASHI WA KOUKISHIN NO TSUYOI ONNA] (1992)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by YUICHI KONO

Track #5 off Dadada ism by Yapoos, this song takes its title from the classic Swedish film(s), I Am Curious. The title of the film(s) in Japanese is altered slightly – rendered more literally, it would be “I am a Strongly Curious Woman,” but I think that the reference to the film is more important to keep than the meaning of the Japanese translation of the title. As for the appearance of the phrase in the actual lyrics, I’ll render them closer to the literal translation of the title in order to better capture poetic usage and modification of the phrase within other lines of the song.

I’ve never seen this film but supposedly it’s… good? I know it’s avant-garde and features sex, I heard about it in one of the film classes I took in college, I think the professor made a joke about it. It’s been sitting around in my bookmarks for far too long, maybe I’ll finally get around to watching it this way.

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YAPOOS – ACCORDING TO THE AFFIDAVIT… [KYOUJUTUSHO NI YOREBA] (1991)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by NOBUO NAKAHARA

The final song to be translated off of Dial Y! and a song about… murder? Secret agents? It’s from the secret agent-y album so I assume it has something to do with all of that. Also, affidavit is clearly a legal term.

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YAPOOS – THE STRANGER INSIDE ME [WATASHI NO NAKA NO TANIN] (1991)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by TOSHIRO SENSUI

The B-side to “Men’s Junan” and a tale of a lover scorned. Togawa plays with some of her common themes on this – ideas of the self, having other people inside you, things like multiple personalities. More than anything else, it’s a metaphor for how much one can change once they’re scorned.

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YAPOOS – FOOL GIRL (1991)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by NOBUO NAKAHARA

Track #8 off Turn the Y Dial! / Daiyaru Y wo Mawase!, and one of the two songs on the album to have an English title (along with “Men’s Junan”). Togawa’s English ability seems to vary from song to song but the one line she speaks in this is fine – it sounds like something she’d say in Japanese anyway and just adds to the song.

As for the content matter, it’s about alienation, I think. Like any good Togawa song is – no one can see what the narrator sees, no one acknowledges her, no one understands her.

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YAPOOS – COUNT TO THREE [MITSU KAZOERO] (1991)

lyrics by JUN TOGAWA | music by YOICHIRO YOSHIKAWA

The third track off of 1991′s Turn the Y Dial! / Daiyaru Y wo Mawase!, which continues the secret agent theme that Togawa likes to play with so much. She name drops some fun guns in this one too, just for good measure.

The title of the song is a reference to the Japanese title of The Big Sleep. Fun facts!

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