SO YAY IT’S WEEK 10! Yep, every 10 weeks (so the next time it’s special it’ll be week 20) I’ll do double the amount of songs so this week there’s 10 songs that will be put on here that comes up on my iPhone first.
1. PUFFY – Teen Titans Theme (Japanese Version)
The Song: One of PUFFY’s most recognizable songs, Teen Titans Theme is of course the theme song for the cartoon, Teen Titans and bygod was it a great series to watch (even though I still question that last season to its roots). The Japanese version of said song is actually from their 59 album.
The Video: I’m surprised this version actually got a PV at all considering it was never a single in Japan and mostly riding off the popularity in the West. I mean PUFFY even got their own animated series out of the popularity they gained here. Now the video is kind of cheap and kind of basic and probably thought of at the last second though I don’t know if it was made during the era or before in the NICE. era because the English version was on that album and also before said 59 album. Anyways, Ami and Yumi are basically performing in front of the lettering ~TEEN TITANS~ and they squeeze shots of the cartoon in as well. Add in some random moments like lightsabers, a solo guitarist doing his part….kind of mimicing Robin in a shot…it’s funny but still cheap of a MV/PV.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: My fandom of Teen Titans led me into loving this song to death and since it did cross my mind, it might have been one of my earlier forays into J-pop and J-rock despite the song being a little bit silly. One of my fondest memories of a great cartoon ^_^
2. Patti Austin & James Ingram – Baby Come To Me
The Song: Off of Patti Austin’s album Every Home Should Have One, Baby Come To Me is her biggest hit and one of those songs that get mentioned in easy listening lists. Then again it was released back in 1982 so it should feel old and classic.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I think listening to the song so many times when my family was spamming it in the family car must’ve lodged this song into my brain. Not gonna lie, it’s comtemporary and soft-spoken lyrics are really nice and hearing both Patti and James sing together has this odd yet cool melody to it that made me sway…Another oldies song that’s kept up with the times with me.
3. Utada Hikaru – Flavor Of Life
The Song: So the version of Flavor Of Life here is actually the original version of the song which wasn’t the one promoting the single and is a bonus track on HEART STATION. You know the biggest difference is that this one is more pop-friendly than the ballad version.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I actually don’t know why I have this specific version of the song but I do like it and it has features that made it better than the ballad version but also vice versa.
4. Nobuo Uematsu – The Man with the Machine Gun
The Song: The Man with the Machine Gun is one of the battle themes from Final Fantasy VIII (more specifically the battle theme whenever you played as Laguna Loire, Kiros Seagill, and Ward Zebac).
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Well, I do love my FF songs when they were being made by Uematsu for sure. I also have a strong bias towards its OST which I consider one of the bests he’s ever made, next VI and X. I honestly loved the battle themes though and Laguna/Kiros/Ward’s stood out as the best. It’s like they mixed electro but made it serious…it’s crazy good and it stood out to me a lot.
5. Morning Musume – Chokkan 2 ~Nogashita Sakana wa Ookiizo!~
The Song: There’s actually quite an interesting story with this one. It was initially not going to be made BUT after a rather negative feedback from the initial song that was going to be a single, Koi wa Hassau Do The Hustle!. UFA (or Tsunku) decided to take one of their old songs Chokkan ~Toki to Shite Koi wa~ and kind of add to the song and made the arrangement a bit more punchy as well.
The Video: Sadly, the PV is just not good. I mean the main version of the PV is just shots of them performing live (even then some shots they aren’t singing Chokkan 2). I guess I could understand given the reasons it led to it. Besides that there’s close-ups of the girls and Yossie banging a gong at the beginning and end of the song. Yeah this is the groups weakest PV IMHO…
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Once again, I’m a Momosu sucker and there’s only a couple of A-sides that aren’t on my iPhone. Chokkan 2 specifically though is hyper and has a lot of punch to it and makes the original Chokkan so obsolete it’s not funny. Then again the oddball lyrics also surprised me…It didn’t make sense…but it’s soooo fun!
6. Kahi – Dorawa Nappeun Neo
The Song: Dorawa Nappeun Neo is Kahi’s lead-in song for her debut mini album of the same name. If you didn’t know Kahi is actually from AFTERSCHOOL and she’s both a singer and rapper for the group so she’s an interesting mixture of two different styles.
The Video: The PV for the song is kind of you run-of-the-mill K-pop video. Since it is just Kahi though there’s not a lot to go on by since it’s so focused on her and all. It’s separated by black and white sets the former being where most of the choreography is found while the white is more along close ups and such. It ends with the light and dark Kahi coming together as one…it’s interesting no doubt…and for the first time I noticed that Kahi has tattoos…I didn’t know K-pop idols (when it comes to women) were allowed to have those but Kahi has three that I saw!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Well to be fair, I do think the song suffers from being a little too repetitive in its nature. Still, I’m a sucker for a good drive in the song and it builds up quite nicely where it needs to be even though it repeats itself. Pretty good song, but short!
7. 3 Doors Down – It’s Not My Time
The Song: I’m pretty sure this was the leading single off their self-titled album (which isn’t a debut either…hmmm). Not much else to say about this song
The Video: The video was a little more interesting for me at least than the information. It starts with a guy standing on top of a tower or something and this little girl sitting in a seat that’s about to be hit by a semi-truck. Then it goes back in time to this guy again and he starts running ALL OVER THE CITY ala like Parkour basically. Now during this guy’s showing off/running, the band is performing in different areas but it’s all the same. At the end the parkour fella manages to stop the SUV before it gets hit by the semi-truck. LOL what, breaking the supposed future eh? Yeah, it’s weird but whatever I liked the tricks the guy was pulling off.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I like my rock music and while 3 Doors Down isn’t a preferred band of mine, this song was all over my radio when I saw the MV. The track is pretty good and I enjoy hearing Brad Arnold’s vocals since they’re pretty unique in the rock world. Good song overall!
8. dance flow – Come On! Come On!
The Song: Come On! Come On! is this Taiwanese based group’s main promotional song for their first album df1. It’s funny though because the guys from this group participated in Saihuun (you know that shortlived group whose song “Break your name” was on AAA’s single).
The Video: As it is the group’s first PV, we learn the members and this is a good video for that because each member has an important line in the song and they get enough face time. The first thing I noticed is the group’s bizarro clothing which is vivid and original and does put color to a rather bland performing stage. The second thing is their choreography which is actually top notch, it impresses me how they do their moves so fast and together. It’s just great! That’s most of the PV though besides close-up shots…oh well XD
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I’ll admit there’s not a lot of C-pop on my iPhone but there’s a couple on there and this would be one of them. Besides the fact that half of the members are tied to AAA, their promotional song is pretty damn good and shows a good amount of equality in the song. Even though nowadays the group is down to 4 members, I do think this was a great song to debut with!
9. Evanescence – My Immortal
The Song: My Immortal by Evanescence is pretty popular (might not be their most popular song but it’s pretty big). There are two versions of said song that I know of and that’s the ballad version which is the original take while the one that was promoted was still mainly piano but after the midway point the band actually hits hard right up til the end of the song. The one I have on my iPhone is the latter one since I grew up listening to that version.
The Video: As the video is shot in black and white, My Immortal’s MV was pretty artistic and very deep of video…at least in my eyes. Though in a humorous direction, Amy Lee (who’s gorgeous in the video) is walking around a city (kind of looks like Rome…maybe Paris?) and laying down on different things. When it gets to the part where the rest of the band just explodes they join in the PV but they’re inside a room performing. It’s pretty but…the video…did it have direction or is it just implied that there was a secret meaning to it…I don’t know the video didn’t really captivate me as it should have considering the song.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Evanescence was one of the bands I really loved before I started the blog and before the J-pop world took over my psyche. I thought this song was a gem (a masterpiece you can say because it’s a breakup song but at the same it’s a dark way to say that it is because it also comes off as a cry for help and a little bit of love strewn in their for the subject matter. Still Amy Lee’s vocals really stood out in the song and just blew me away. Great GREAT SONG!
10. Miho Fukuhara – Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou (Nande Another Mix)
The Song: The Nande Another Mix of Nande Nakitaku Naccahun Darou is of course a remix of the A-side off the same single of course. This remix has more oomph and bass when compared to the original version!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Like C-pop, it’s rare to see me put remixes on my iPhone but there’s a couple of those that I can’t help but admit was better than the original. In the case of Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou it was more fuller and complete and all-around made the original seem like a demo version.
SO ANY OPINIONS ON THE SONGS YOU SEE HERE THIS SPECIAL WEEK? ^_^