So here’s the other one I missed, this time, there’s 10 of em so I’m catching up ^_^
1. Nobuo Uematsu – Balamb Garden
The Song: Balamb Garden is one of the most heard themes from Final Fantasy VIII because this is essentially where you’ll be quite a bit in the first half of the game, before the Ragnarok replaces the Garden. It’s one of the more relaxing songs from the OST, that’s for certain.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: FFVIII is my all-time favorite Final Fantasy, so I also love the OST to death as well and Balamb Garden is probably my favorite “City” theme of the game. I mean it’s really soothing and the melody is left in your head. When the song gets going it’s playing a version of “Ami” which is heard through most of the songs but it’s REALLY sweet to listen to.
2. Masae Ohtani aka Himawari – Killing My Caddy
The Song: Killing My Caddy is ex-Melon Kinenbi member, Masae Ohtani’s debut A-side. Released in 2011, the song was after the group broke up and went their seperate ways. Also to note, she’s under the penname Masae Ohtani aka Himawari.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I’ve always had a soft spot for Ohtani. Between her and Megumi Murata, they were my favorites and just amazing but Masae was so different from your normal H!P girl because she changed hairstyles so damn frequently and just was different in each PV she was in. Hearing Killing My Caddy, impressed me because she could stand on her own as an artist and the tune fits her personality like a T. It’s a great song for her ^_^
3. Kelly Osbourne – One Word
The Song: One Word stands out as one of Kelly’s best songs (maybe not sales-wise…but it was pretty popular when it was released for her sophomore album, Sleeping in the Nothing.
The Video: A lot of videos seem to be easy to understand but the MV for One Word has left me SOOOO confused. I mean it’s kind of set in this mish-mash of steampunk and Bonnie & Clyde setting with a little mad scientist on the side. It’s really hard to follow since there’s a lot of weird shit going on like picture taking of ladies, walking down hallways (A LOT), then vultures, a rating contest of ladies, and a ping-pong ball with a “1” on it….then at the end Kelly leaves the building and the lights of the city go out behind her…like what is really going on here…I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: One Word is such a dropoff after all the stuff Kelly released before this. She was wild, rambunctious, and just in your face. With this one she took a more cold and dark and serious route and lyrically it’s like a deep message…I just somehow love the song and is quite catchy.
4. 2PM – Take off
The Song: Take off is 2PM’s debut song in Japan and an original song as well…quite surprisingly for a K-pop group right? Take off is also well-known as a theme to Ao no Exorcist which I hold in high regard with choices of songs to promote it.
The Video: 2PM’s video for Take off is quite simple, though a little odd. It begins with the 6 members fooling around and doing a little dancing and some of the guys notice something landing so they go to the roof and it turns out that some spaceship landed and wants them to come in. Basically after that the scenes move between fooling around in the spaceship and the choreography which is set on both the rooftop and inside the ship. You notice if they’re in the ship when they look a bit more spiffed up and/or they’re floating and being silly…then it turns out it was just a dream…OR WAS IT. Simple like I said but looks FUN! BTW, Junsu and Taecyeon were SEXY!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love Take off, the song is so breezy and synth heavy that it really did give off that feeling of flight and weightlessness. All the guys sound great and more props to Junsu for being the vocal powerhouse in the song. I still do kind of wish they cleaned the ending area (because let’s be honest, the song feels too short). Still an amazing song by the group!
5. m.o.v.e feat. 8-BALL – SPEED MASTER
The Song: SPEED MASTER is m.o.v.e’s 28th A-side and is a collaboration with J-rock band, 8-BALL. I have to mention as well because there’s also a SPEED MASTER where 8-BALL leads and m.o.v.e is the secondary. NO, this is the first one and the one I’m used to much more.
The Video: The video for SPEED MASTER is also quite a simple one. It’s both acts performing together (of course more m.o.v.e since it’s their track) with RAY behind them because he sings a lot in the song alongside yuri. Beyond that, there’s a sword fight between a Samurai and a Ninja (they have swords that glowwwwww). The fight doesn’t seem to end even though the ninja rolled away and the PV ends with a close-up of the Samurai readying his sword. If you were gonna ask, they never answered the question of who wins in the other SPEED MASTER PV either…disappointing.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: It’s the closest thing m.o.v.e has done that’s anywhere close to their epic “DOGFIGHT” IMO. I love SPEED MASTER and the fact they collaborated with a nobody-band but still made it sound amazing for both parties ^_^. I think RAY should’ve joined but that’s pretty shallow of me to say xD. Still, a great song!
6. Cirque du Soleil – Mirko
The Song: Mirko is one of several pieces of music that is played for this Circus/Performance/Play/whatever it might be to people. It’s a really good show, trust me!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I’m not sure for this one but I love Cirque du Soleil and I DEFINITELY LOVE Alegria for that sense so Mirko isn’t a surprise because it stands out and it’s heavy march feel works with the powerful vocals of the lady that sings it (not sure who but she’s good!).
7. Morning Musume (Aika Mitsui) – Watashi no Miryoku ni Kizukanai Donkan na Hito
The Song: It’s one of three solo songs from Platinum 9 DISC amd it’s all for Aika who we all know is leaving the group as of tonight…ironic for my iPhone right?
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Before knowing of Aika’s graduation, I actually loved this song for some reason. I mean I know Aika isn’t an amazing vocalist that’s for sure but this song is cute and fits the anime-esque sound quite well. It’s such a happy song and suits her very well ^_^
8. Country Musume ni Konno to Fujimoto – Uwaki na Honey Pie
The Song: Uwaki na Honey Pie marks as the first single of the third incarnation of Country Musume (who are Asami, Miuna, Mai, Konkon, and Mikitty). It’s pretty energetic and full of life…totally different from most of the group’s old stuff.
The Video: Who knew Country Musume would get a Tennis-themed PV to go with Uwaki na Honey Pie XD. It’s an odd video for what its worth. The dance is so wacky but so catchy to watch ^_^. Of course my H!P bias, Konkon is in the video so clearly I’m going to enjoy every minute of it…and Asami looked cute too!
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: To be honest this should be one song every person should have (if they love H!P) on their iPhone/iPod/mp3 player. Uwaki na Honey Pie is just so epic and fun to listen to plus the vocals are all kinds of great! Definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.
9. immi – Klaxon
The Song: Klaxon is immi’s 2nd A-side after taking the immi name. Yes, it is the single version and not the album take since I like the chaos of the original just a bit more plus the ringing is COOL!
The Video: Call it artistic flair but I really didn’t understand much of immi’s PV for this song. I mean it does begin with immi being blindfolded and kind of pushed out the door to basically start an adventure (more like blind adventure). The video looks like it was done by high-schoolers to make a horror film but failed XD. At the end, she takes the blindfold off and walks up to a microphone…take that as you will.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love the chaotic nature of the song for some reason. The constant ringing is ingrained into your head while immi’s whispery vocals fill the empty spots giving this uncertain air about it. It’s kooky and I love it!
10. SEXY-SYNTHESIZER – Katamari On the Swing (SEXY-SYNTHESIZER ALL ABOUT namco Mix)
The Song: If you have to know, this cover of Katamari on the Swing is done by the 8bit remixers, SEXY-SYNTHESIZER! However, it’s on Katamari Takeshi which is mainly a two-disc OST where one is mostly covers of the older Katamari songs.
So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: 8bit can be quite off and on for me because it’s such a niche style and not many people use it to the level SEXY-SYNTHESIZER does. I love the happycore-ness of Katamari on the Swing handled this way and the Galaga/Pac-Man-ness of it all is just one HUGE nostalgic trip lol.
NOW WE’RE CAUGHT UP HOW DO U GUYS LIKE IT?