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Rakuen no Door

Rakuen no door – Minamino Yoko

I’m someone who takes television very seriously, so there’s no kidding when i say that Sukeban Deka is in my top 5 television shows from anywhere, anytime. Behind a boring but discriminative list of Freaks and Geeks, The Simpsons, The Wire and maybe something else i’ll have to think about. Pennies From Heaven. There. As goofy and surface as it sometimes may seem, there’s an intensity and sincerity – everything meaning as much as it can – to it unrivaled by nearly everything. And it’s entertaining. Capital E. However the movies would place no where near my top anything. As good as they still are, something’s definitely lost in the unsustainable longer running time and the need to put bigger obstacles and more explosions in. That’s the problem with all TV to movie jumps. This song is actually from the first of those two Sukeban Deka movies, and here, have some promotional material featuring it:

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Rakuen no Door

Rakuen no door – Minamino Yoko

This another song of hers from her Sukuban Deka era, which may be the best actress to soundtrack singer double role ever for television. And not just Yoko, but Sagara Haruko and Yoshizawa Akie beside her, all contributing these fantastic, direct, moody pieces as background music or ending and opening themes that work so incredibly well outside of the show, yet become this voice and spirit of unbending, sombre power and resolution when within. This ran through every Sukeban, and while Saito Yuki will always be my favourite, Yoko’s songs carried this to a height unmatched.

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Our Love Is Heavenly

Our love is heavenly – Heavenly

Everybody write your local dictionary person and petition them to change the definition of heavenly to: of or pertaining to the band Heavenly. Turn the band itself into an adjective. Then the love that is heavenly is made a love that is everything the band is. They’re synonymous anyway – Heavenly is heavenly; heavenly, Heavenly. A more fitting name for a band i don’t believe exists.

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Ohio

Ohio – Chixdiggit

I think Chixdiggit might be my favourite live band that i’ve never seen live. Just from audio recordings, video and on the word of people i’ve never met, i think i’ve really missed out. Twice now. First in 1999 during my boycott of all things Frenzal Rhomb; and then in 2005 for either laziness or romantic reasons. The rock concert brought to the dumb punk rock show mode they play, KJ’s breathless “let’s here it for [anything],” audience participation breakdowns, the fun, just to have their songs played to me live – oh regret. So,because i’ve already posted the album version before, today’s Ohio is a live version. It probably doesn’t carry over all i feel i’ve missed, but it should be established by now that i don’t have the best taste in music, nor the highest markers for what i’d like to experience in life.

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2000 Flushes

2000 flushes – Chixdiggit

Not wanting to go into too much on my toilet habits, but a long time ago i too was once much like KJ in this song. It’s a habit learned from my mother, though, and she probably from hers and onward in my family’s rich water-conserving, farming history. I’ve been corrected and it dies with me. It’s gross and i’ve learned just how much, especially with this horribly designed toilet i have now. Flush, everybody. It’s not cool. Well, maybe it is if done for ethical reasons rather than sloven laziness, but how often those lines blur. But don’t write a song about it.

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Fuck You

Fuck you – Subhumans

I think this is the original version. Everyone has covered this, from Screeching Weasel to Overkill. It’s the anthem it is for obvious reasons, but to me the only time the “Fuck You” has meant anything other than grumpy spitting is through the Subhumans. Maybe because not that many bands are as good as the Subhumans. The Canadian Subhumans. I’ve made that mistake before.

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I’ll be fine – Amateur Drunks

Good show last night yes quite good. We haven’t had a pop punk band this great since… i don’t know, the 90’s. Believe me, i’ve been waiting. And now they have an album, it’s excellent, Edo’s voice is as fantastic, clumsy yet on, and so much his as it is live, and maybe now with it they have the product to reach the wacks who all found out at the same time that guitar pop is a music worth their attention and butt shakin’. As long as it’s packaged properly, offers attractive lifestyle augmentation and is filtered through the right press, which of course Amateur Drunks are/do not. It’s a pity. Based on song craft and sincerity, it should be this years Royal Headache LP. Pop punk: most predictable. Most excellent. Out now on Consume Records.

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